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When the Going Gets Tough

Most of the time traveling is fun. But sometimes being away from home is really hard.

Like when you’re sick and don’t want to learn about a new place, you just want to lay in bed and watch Modern Family and snuggle with your obese cat, not the skinny cats who eat the garbage around here. But the power is out (like it is every day) and the laptop is dead. That’s when it’s hard. So then you just lay in your bed in your cheap hotel room, sweating and staring at the wall that is painted four colors of blue and has a hose sticking out of the corner, dripping water on the carpet.

Or when you have a Skype date and you spent the extra money on a cell phone plan with the guy in the tiny stall with the dusty cell phone parts and lots of flies who said everything would work once you give him the money. And then he made you feel crazy for double checking that it would work and asking for a receipt. Ha, a receipt! And then of course, it doesn’t work. And that’s the third time this Skype call didn’t work. And the person at home is frustrated. That’s when it’s hard.

When you’ve got your fifty pound backpack on and you explode into tears on a street corner in Kathmandu, even though you’re almost thirty years old, but thirty year olds have shit days, too. And some guy is trying to sell you a wooden flute and you wipe your snotty nose and say, “No thank you,” through your tears and he says, “Very nice flute, make a good and happy price, just for you,” and you clench your jaw and try very, very hard not to scream in his face that you never, ever want his stupid fucking flute for any price. And he just stands there, waiting.

It’s hard when friends are getting married and family members are going to the doctors and there is nothing you can do about it, but just sit there. Maybe write an email or “like” it on Facebook. I Facebook like that you had a baby. Sweet.

The world is big and beautiful and we’re grateful to get to see it, but not having a home can be challenging. Often one of those shit days is followed by an excellent one and all of the details work themselves out. The Skype conversation happens eventually, the flute man finds another tourist to prey on, and I go find a pizza and a beer or a stray cat to play with. I suppose getting homesick is just as much a part of traveling as that moment of excitement when you see a turtle while diving. If you don’t have lows, you won’t have highs.

That being said, I can’t wait for some blueberry pie, a Longtrail IPA and a big group of friends and family when we get home next summer.

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    1. Mom M says:

      We can’t wait also! Great to “see” you yesterday. You will always remember the highlights and the bad days will be totally forgotten!
      Much love
      Pat

    2. jamie shea says:

      hang in there stina! what are you doing is amazing and hard and im so so proud of you.

    3. Molly Ahearn says:

      Hang in there girl! know that while I sit in my office behind my desk for 8 hours each day I am constantly liking all YOUR posts about being halfway around the world, travelling with friends, going to new places, and trying all sorts of awesomely new and interesting things. 20 years from now i wont be saying “damn, i am happy i worked at such-and-such office for 2 years.” i will more likely be saying “damn, i should have traveled around the world like christina did for 2 years.” i love my life here in the States but I also love living vicariously through you!
      xoxo, molly

    4. Lisa Taylor says:

      Ah, yes, the low moments while traveling…I hear you loud and clear! When you’re down and frustrated, you can be anywhere on the earth. Ride the wave and know that being homesick is part of the deal. You can do it!

    5. Stina says:

      Wow, guys! Thanks for the internet-love. Your supportive words mean a lot and made me smile big time. So great to know folks are reading along our adventures and to hear your voices when we feel like we are a world away. Lots of love to you all and can’t wait to catch up when we get back. XO! Thank you!

    6. Cousin Alyse says:

      Boy you really hit the nail on the head with that one!
      That Skype convo happens and the hot water comes back and you move forward again. But boy oh boy does it suck for a while.
      Oh we know it well.
      Love that chubby cat thought!
      You’re doing it right guys!

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