Living arrangements come in all shapes, sizes, and distances from one another. “What? I can’t hear you,” I yelled back, hoping my partner might make out my response through shared walls. We were learning to communicate in our new living arrangement — two small condominium units, next door but not connected, with access through the
Travel Stories About What Happens Before the Journey Process
I’m in travel panic — counting today, I’ve 14 days until our departure overseas. I know the minute I board the plane, my anxiety will diminish, and I’ll relax into the travel. For now, I’ve scribbled notes on too many non-sequential pages in my notebook and find myself too often with a shallow short breath.
Would ours be a digital or analog adventure? I said digital. It became clear that a RTW experience required formatting everything digital. Not just the devices we would bring (laptop, cell phones, and Ipad) but also all of our papers that we had used to document our lives. I researched the apps I would find
I’m standing in a transition — a liminal space. It’s as if I’m standing in a doorway. If I look behind, I see the past. If I look ahead, I see the future. For the moment, I’m here with lots to do before moving on. Look behind. I spent the last six years in
Reading articles about “travel” and the related “packing for travel,” you’ll find there’s an art, or at least a trick, to filling that piece of luggage. It begins with knowing: Length of stay; Country(ies)/culture(s) to be visited; Mode(s) of transportation; Place(s) to stay overnight; Climate(s) to be experienced; and Number of bags willingly hauled around.
Rootlessness — call it nomadism, life without a permanent home, intentional wandering. Rootlessness is the real subject of my morning’s tête-à-tête with Mike, my partner. “I knew after my knee surgeries, I’d feel off balance. I recognized ending my teaching contract would make me uneasy. And my son’s move to Colorado would make me feel