Jen came home tonight from her three week vacation in Taiwan. Her friend, Juan who went with her is going to stay for a few more days in California, so he is staying with us too. Jen seems as if she had a good time, but didn't want to leave so soon. Isn't that the way it always happens?
Whenever I go visit my family or I am on a vacation with my girlfriends, it always goes by so quickly. I wonder where the time has gone and when I think back on things we did only some things stand out. It was more that I enjoyed the company I was in and the little things are what mattered. I notice that on my favorite vacations or family gatherings it was the laughter and the stories that go along with the trip that make it so enjoyable.
I think that is why I don't want to travel alone ever again. I have memories of my trips but they weren't shared with anyone. It was lonely and got boring on some nights because I was bored. What I will remember about my year of travel that was 2009 is that I hold a special place in my heart for Alaska and Chicago. Alaska is where my mother, father, sister and I had some good laughs, met really nice people and were able to try different things. Chicago was where I got to reconnect with Peace Corps friends I will always be connected to, just because of our shared experience. There is always a certain loyalty or respect for each other we hold because we all trained together.
I hope the next time Jen travels back to Taiwan she is able to spend more time with her family. I understand the conflicting emotions she feels at the moment. I am sure as soon as classes begin again it will be easier on her. Still I am glad she is back.
Until tomorrow. Take care and be safe.
All my love,