This week marks two months into our time abroad - I can hardly believe it. Currently, I am sitting at an outdoor patio near the Brussels Airport. Tonight is our last night of our two-month adventure in Europe. Tomorrow, we travel east.
Our time in Belgium has been a mix of exploring new cities and
biking driving to breweries across the country. I write driving because our week-long bike adventure turned into two days of hell. It could have been the broken trailer we were attempting to drag around or the Wal-Mart bikes we were renting - either way, it all ended with a bitter bus ride back to Brussels. More to come on this experience later, I promise.
While Europe has been a blast and full of many memories, we are ready to venture off the "vacation" path and put roots down. Mostly, we are ready to slow down, learn from others, and search our souls.
Tomorrow, we both board separate planes to Asia. After being accepted last-minute into a volunteer program, I will be heading to Thailand while Anthony sets off to hike the Everest Base Camp Trek in Nepal. We will meet back up before my birthday at the end of September.
Us parting ways is a good thing, don't worry. We knew when planning our trip that we would intentionally choose to spend time traveling alone; there are just some things you can only learn while on your own. After a lot of prayer and thought, we are excited for each other and for our solo time in this next month.
Your prayers, thoughts, and encouragements are always appreciated. Hearing from friends and family always brings us joy and makes us feel closer to home.
In closing, I love this quote by Thoreau, as it speaks deeply to this year for us:
I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.