First, a brief update on our RTW itinerary: We're here until 02JAN, then in central and southern Vietnam until 14JAN. We're going to spend a week in Cambodia focusing on the temples at Angkor Wat, then a month in Thailand. It's time to slow down and relax more and I think Thailand will be the perfect place. Afterward, we'll spend a few weeks minimum in India; longer if Greg doesn't hate it! :) Then on to Europe...
2010 represents the year I finally started living my dream. True, those of you who know me well also know that I’ve never been one to follow the mainstream. It has taken a lot of hard work and trial and error to get to where I am today. For me, happiness is never measured by financial or material wealth but by life experiences. Of course, I love my family and I’ve even had jobs that I loved for a time, but nothing compares to how alive I feel when I’m traveling in an unfamiliar place. In the past, many of my most memorable experiences are from times when I was alone. Sharing this trip around the world with Greg has been both challenging and rewarding. Thankfully, it’s mostly rewarding!
As I look forward into the new year and beyond, I hope for continued (reasonably) good health and for the courage to continue creating my own path in life. I have no idea what will happen when we eventually do return to the U.S., but I have to believe that everything will fall into place as it always has. I refuse to consider the alternative!
Here are a few photos of us from 2010:
|loving the beer in our "new" hometown of Portland, OR|
|sharing good times with "old" friends in Nashville, TN|
|touring Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons, Wyoming|
|feeding roos on Kangaroo Island, Australia|
|walking on the Great Wall in China|
|enjoying dinner in Istanbul, Turkey with my mom and stepdad|
|riding camels at the Giza Pyramids, Egypt|
|celebrating Greg's birthday in Wadi Rum, Jordan|
|on safari in Tanzania|
|riding an elephant in Luang Prabang, Laos|