Where I wanted to go.
Where we've been.
I came to conclusion that I'm completely okay with our lives being consumed by traveling.
We get so much out of it and it's more than just "Hey let's look at these famous buildings and see these famous cities." I make a point to research before and after our trips. I have this thing about learning about what I'm looking at. Please don't mistake me for a scholar. No no, I do a shallow search on Trip Advisor, Wikipedia, and Google for information. I'm not pouring over thick dusty books at the library. Actually, that sounds tempting and I just might do it if something sparks my interest enough. At the very least I want to know the name of the building/sculpture/person/painting/whatever that I'm taking pictures of and looking at. It gives me a strange sense of satisfaction to be able to caption my pictures with official names.
|I could never caption this with "a bridge in Florence"|
I have to name it: Ponte Vecchio.
I also think that it's important to take advantage of opportunities wherever I am. I'm not sure where I got this desire because it's not something that I've always felt. Maybe the fact that I've been a nomad my entire adult life has instilled an urgency to appreciate where I'm at while I have it. I know I didn't experience enough of Hawaii, Oregon, Washington, or Alaska when I lived there. Now I'm regretting it. But I've been fixing the Oregon, Washington, and Hawaii problems whenever I visit my families.
|Crater Lake, Oregon|
I hope that we're not coming off as "tourists" all the time. We do act the tourist sometimes. But we try to be "travelers". We try to see the offbeat as well as the popular. We try to truly appreciate the places we visit. We try avoid the mindset of "take a picture just to prove we've been here". We try.