Before New York, there was this little trip around the world… And this little trip around the world was amazing. So amazing, that it has made moving back to the United States far more challenging than I anticipated. But that doesn’t mean I’m not up for the challenge. I wasn’t planning on continuing to blog (at least on a personal level) after doing so everyday for the past fifteen months in and out of over thirty different countries… That was HARD, y’all! But then friends and family encouraged me to do so. Mostly out of curiosity on their end, I imagine. Perhaps to see exactly when I crash and burn. Or how long I make it until I book my next flight out of the country. (Is there an over/under that I should get in on?) Or even in anticipation of how brutally honest I will be about the transition. Or maybe, just maybe, because they can relate in one way or another. One friend told me, that not everyone may be able to relate to what life is like traveling through sub-Saharan Africa, but everyone can relate to transition.
I also have to admit that prior to our own trip around the world, I was disappointed in other travel bloggers who ended their story online when their trip offline ended. What happened after their trip? What did they do? Where did they go? Where did they live? How was life after their trip? I had so many questions, and just maybe someone out there is wondering the same about me. *Maybe* I also realized that blogging throughout the trip helped me process the trip. Perhaps blogging throughout this transition and my exploration of New York City will do the same. So, please, continue this journey with me stateside! It’s bound to be full of just as many (or perhaps more) ups and downs that our trip around the world was.
We’ve been back in America for two months now. It has not been easy. But obviously, living abroad for six years and then traveling around the world for fifteen months was all worth it. It has molded me into who I am today, what I appreciate, how I live my life, who I surround myself with, and so much more. I’m not anticipating this transition to be easy, but I am anticipating on getting through it. Because that’s what I do.
To a new year, a new country (kinda), a new city, and a new adventure!