It has been almost a week since I have returned to the motherland and I find that I am being asked all sorts of questions about my trip. What was my favorite moment? Which city did I like best? What did I eat? Where did I stay? Name a few highlights. Did you get sick? Did you meet new people? Describe the cities. Reflect.
“Travel changes you. As you move through this life and this world you change things slightly, you leave marks behind, however small. And in return, life – and travel – leaves marks on you. Most of the time, those marks – on your body or on your heart – are beautiful. Often, though, they hurt.” -Anthony Bourdain
As I was standing on the top of a very tall cliff in Thailand, looking down at the water and across at the people encouraging me to jump, I thought – why would anyone ever jump off a rock, twenty feet in the air, and think that it was a good idea? But I did it. And I sort of hated how my heart dropped to my stomach and the thrill was not really there for me, but then I did it again. “Travel changes you. [It] leaves marks on you.”
I loved chasing waterfalls. I loved spending days sitting in the warmth, drinking smoothies, and playing cards. I loved blogging about my experiences. I think Chiang Mai was my favorite city because it really was like no place I had ever been. It was young, vibrant, urban, but had a small town feel to it. It was overgrown with trees and surrounded by natural wonders, but in the middle of everything was a huge traffic circle and a university clad in red and gold. I loved that the city was walled and packed with religious sites stationed next to shops where you could buy tank-tops and flip flops. The art was extraordinary. I felt safe walking around by myself at night. I loved the cobblestone sidewalks and the funny looking street signs. Modernity meets tradition. I could have spent weeks there.
There are things you do because they feel right & they may make no sense & they may make no money & it may be the real reason we are here: to love each other & to eat each other’s cooking & say it was good. -Story People