Difficult to say “Adios”

Difficult to say Adios

Everything comes to an end, and unfortunately it is now time for this trip to come to an end.  But an end is just the beginning to something new.  That is what makes life an adventure.

4onatrip family

We made so many wonderful memories during our European adventures. 

  • Canal tour through Amsterdam
  • Visiting the Ann Frank house
  • Tasting chocolates in Brugge
  •  Enjoying Paris
  • Falling in love with a little Andalucian village
  • Having monkey adventures in Gibraltar
  • Camel rides in Morocco
  • Soaking up the beautiful Portuguese southern coast
  • Experiencing the wonder of Seville
  • Seeing stars at the Canne Film Festival
  • Connecting with family in Eastern France
  • Camper break down in Switzerland
  • Beautiful and hot Venice, Italy in July
  • Camping in a medieval Croatian hilltop village
  • Hiking around stunning Lake Bled in Slovenia
  • Oktoberfest in Munich Germany
  • Re-connecting with our German friends
  • Experiencing history in Berlin
  • The wonders of Prague, CZ
  •  Communicating in English in the UK
  • Return to our much loved Andalucia Spain

 

And now as our European travels come to an end, we are all feeling a bit melancholy.  It hit me especially hard after our friends from Wisconsin left.  This trip was a total game changer for me.  I researched, studied, and improved my health in unexpectedly good ways.  I feel a closer, deeper connection with my husband and kids.  I have an optimism about the future and all the potential that life holds for those who go after it.  I wrote books, started this blog, and also started a health blog with my husband.  But I still have so much more that I want to do.  Will I get stuck in life’s monotony by going back home?  I don’t want our adventures to end.  I want to keep going.  I want to continue to visit new places and meet new interesting people and try different foods and take amazing pictures.  Oh, the depression is hitting me hard.  I am not sure that I am ready to leave. 

Then I remember our family and friends back home.  We haven’t seen them for quite some time and it will be so good to see them again.  The depression starts to lift.  Also, we are not the same people we were when we left.  It is the new and improved versions of ourselves that we are bringing back home.  But all of life is a journey, isn’t it?  We have more to do, and our adventure continues.  We will continue to learn and grow and challenge ourselves no matter where we are.  Maybe this isn’t the end.  Maybe this has just been a very grand beginning. 

So, while this is a difficult “adios” (good-bye), we have decided that it is only the beginning of a new chapter.  Our adventure will continue.  And this blog will continue with us.  Thanks to all of you who have followed us along our journey! 

sand 4onatrip with shadow 2

Just one more thought before saying adios:

Some people look at us and think, “how lucky” or “it must be nice to have such a long vacation, a life of leisure” or “they must be rich.”

Well, I don’t believe in luck.  I believe you create your own situation.  Also, although our trip was wonderful, it was not a leisure vacation.  It was life.  We had highs and lows, stress and laughter.  And finally we are rich in family, love, adventure, and imagination.  But we are not financially rich.  This trip was a product of sacrifice, education, planning, hope, work, and determination.  Just like everything else in life that is worth doing.

I mention this now with the hope that it will inspire you.  I never would have thought that a trip like this was possible for us until I read and researched and set my mind to it. 

Do you have something you are passionate about?  What do you really and truly want?

After having the trip of a lifetime and visiting about 17 different countries, I want to tell you that it feels pretty damn good making your dreams come true! 


Comments

Difficult to say “Adios” — 5 Comments

  1. Your dream trip has been a blessing to me. I enjoyed it all from home. Todays , brought tears , but glad to know you will continue on with new adventures . Was great to get to meet your family, when you were in our part of the world.

  2. Great post, Nancy. Yes, we will welcome home the new and improved versions of the same great people. I’m looking forward to following and experiencing your next family adventure.

    • Thanks Bonnie! I was feeling pretty depressed about the end of our trip, but now I am optimistically looking into the future and the next adventures.

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