What has happened so far – a new chapter

We trotted after the crowds. The gangway up to the ferry to Vancouver. 30 kg on the back and a trolley on the arm. A lot of thoughts shot through my head. 8 months, 38 US states, 7 provinces in Canada, a part of Mexico and over 30,000 km driven. So many places, impressions, emotions, encounters, joy and disappointments. A journey through the three countries of North America. Above all, a journey to ourselves. To travel, it seems to me, is the best way to get away from old structures and rules and to get to know yourself and your partner.

So much different to our journey we have heard from all sorts of persons in our life. Advice, admiration, envy and also a lot of incomprehension. Much of it has pleased me, amazed, some annoyed me and a few i did not understand. Now after 8 months of traveling, so much has changed, become clearer.

A journey is endless

The definition of travel has become easy for me: a journey or what many call it – an adventure – has no end. A holiday – no matter how long it takes, at the beginning. We were already have been two months on “vacation”. Nothing has changed, since it is “only” a break from the old life, the perspective has remained unchanged, and everything goes on afterwards – as usual.

We sell our RV

We placed our RV in a storage site in Sooke near Victoria on Vancouver Island and gave the keys to our friends Cathy and Chris. They will look after our home until a potential buyer has found. We have decided to offer the RV for sale. Letting go was one of the many lessons we learned in this first chapter of our journey.

It took more than two weeks to completely remove our RV and stow our remaining belongings in boxes. We have thought carefully what comes in the box and what in the few space in the backpack. We are still overloaded with things that we think we need in the coming months. We will see.

A new chapter

We are now on the way to the airport in Vancouver in the next chapter and next adventure: Japan.

 

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Hi, my name is Jürgen. Most know me as Jay. I know, this can be confusing. My new name was caused by hundreds of Starbucks cups, all labeled with different names. I have never encountered life as powerfully as it has in recent years and I should not be surprised that I have left behind the realm of quick and impersonal business and conforming to society’s expectations. I swapped my jacket for hiking clothes and shorts, the aftershave for bug spray, and my car for a camper.

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