Well, in the blink of an eye, it’s happened. It’s already been 6 months that we’ve been on the road. They say time flies when you’re having fun. Well, they’re not lying!
In this short time, the two of us have been to 8 countries, 50 cities, countless hours in transit. We’ve had quite a few highlights along the way, like hiking in the natural beauty that is Wanaka (New Zealand’s version of the Canadian rocky mountains); learning to scuba dive and swimming with a whale shark in Koh Tao; seeing the Great Barrier Reef before it’s completely bleached, and meeting some incredible people along the way that we now carry in our hearts (and our Facebook profiles). This trip is one of the best decisions we’ve made, after getting married, of course!
The best part of these last months has obviously been to live care-free, without the stress of work. But beyond that, it’s having the freedom to do whatever we want, whenever we want, and doing it all together. Yup, we’re basically kids again, but with money and somewhat better judgement.
One of our worries when we left was if we’d get along spending 24/7 together. What if we get into some huge argument that ended it all? Well, the good news is, that hasn’t happened yet. Yes, obviously, we’ve had a few scraps here and there but our relationship is probably stronger than ever. We’ve learned so much about each other, things that we wouldn’t have know had we not been on this journey. Like did you know Derek is the most organized person out there? From his packing to planning the blog, to booking flights and accommodations. It’s impressive and inspiring. I need to follow his lead more.
And me, well it seems that Derek was surprised I wasn’t quite the princess he had made me up to be… though for the record, I loved camping and he didn’t, so who is the real princess here? (Derek here, and for the record we do both love to camp now.)
It’s also good to be reminded of all the little things that made you fall in love with a person that you seem to forget when routine settles in. We’ve also learned to be more patient, forgiving and understanding with each other, and playing on each other’s strengths. So this trip has definitely brought us closer together.
We’ve also learned a lot about ourselves during these last few months. We’re both more patient and understanding of other people’s life and situation. A lot more empathy and compassion for the struggles so many people are going through on a daily basis. We are truly blessed to live the life we have. On a personal level, Derek has shown an eagerness to trying so many new foods, which if you knew him before, is a huge accomplishment considering how picky he was. And on my end, I’ve learned to worry less, and live more in the moment instead of always planning 10 steps ahead. I’ve learned to slow down and let go, to just go with the flow. Derek had already mastered this. Finally, we’ve also understood that we don’t need much to be happy, the minimalist life is a pretty good one.
Although we are having the best time of our lives, there’s a lot we miss back home. The obvious things like Thursday night drinks with the girls, hockey nights with best buds, the epic meals we would host, Sunday suppers with family to name a few. We also miss the little routine we had with Jax, our cat. The way he would greet us at the door after a long day of work. His cuddles, or how he would always sit in our spot as soon as we got up. There’s also the small things we took for granted, like being able to cook a meal at home with good wine. Having a comfy bed to sleep in at night (have we told you how hard these Asian beds are?). Even having a choice of wardrobe. Nothing big but we wouldn’t mind trading in some of the clothes we’ve had with us for months.
On the flip side, there are certain things we don’t mind having left behind. Like winter. Fuck you winter. Hope we never see you again! Especially since this year was one of the coldest and longest ones yet in Montreal. And traffic. Peace out traffic. Especially the brutal gridlocks we’ve seen downtown, mainly caused by the epic construction fails the city is notorious for. We don’t care to see those ever again. We’d also be lying if we said we missed work. Because we don’t. Although we had some good careers back home, we don’t regret putting them on hold for a single second. We can always pick up where we left off when we get back. No bigs!
So that’s what 6 months on the road feels like. We’re pretty excited to see what the next 6 will look like.
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