J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring
The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.
Augustine of Hippo
Where have my travels taken me? I started with a bucket list and find that the more I travel the longer my list becomes. As I check off sites on this list, I seem to find new places that I’d previously not heard of and add those to my list. It’s probably a 2-to-1 ratio – for every one place I visit, I add two more sites to my list. Hence, I will never see everything on my list.
I’ve driven across the United States five times and have seen 47 of the states. I have lived in many different areas across two continents. I have been blessed to be able to travel and live in some exceptionally beautiful parts of this world. Three years ago, we moved back to Europe and have been hitting roads pretty hard in an attempt to see as much as we can.
Some of my more recent journeys have included:
2010: New Zealand, Canadian Maritime
2011: England, Tuscany, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Poland, United States
2012: Florence, Rome, Sicily, Malta, Belgium, Berlin, Netherlands, France, Germany
2013: Spain, Monaco, Andorra, Switzerland, Istanbul, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Slovenia, Venice, France, Germany, United States
2014: Austria, Norway, Netherlands, Czech Republic, Denmark, Sweden, Estonia, Finland, Russia, United States
As we near the end of our time in Europe, we plan to continue our habit of seeing all we can while we are here. It is too great an opportunity to squander. And as we look towards returning home once this time of done, we hope we can continue our explorations with a new appreciation having been blessed to travel abroad for a number of years.
So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes
and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too.
Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.
Terry Pratchett, A Hat Full of Sky