Our European trip is coming to an end. It has been everything I had imagined and hoped it would be. These past four months have been a dream that I’ve holding onto for at least half of my life.
After a very short visit to Scotland and Ireland last week (both countries where we wanted to visit friends), we are back in Switzerland to pack up the rest of our stuff and slowly make our way back to Gothenburg where we fly back to Toronto on Tuesday.
I’m sad. I knew this adventure had to end eventually, but it feels like it came too soon. I’ve gone on 2-3 week trips before where I’ve felt desperate to be back in my bed and living in my apartment again. Not so much this time around. A few places really began to feel like home, especially Granichen. I don’t know when we’ll be back, but I sure hope it’s soon.
I do know that I need a break from city living. I need to be living near mountains, water, green spaces and nature. We fell in love with Berlin while we were there and one of those reasons is because it reminded us so much of Toronto except it had delicious German food (the bread, oh the bread) and its central language was German. I felt the same about many of the English cities we visited. It also made me realize how easy it could be (jobs and income aside) it could be to live in different parts of the world. The biggest reason that I stayed in Toronto, Canada for so long was for familiarity. My family lives there and I had built up a solid community of friends and work experience. Does that mean I will stay there forever? Not necessarily. Change, distance, and new perspective all help me evolve as a person and it makes me appreciate what I have in Toronto even more.
I have so much more to say about our trip, about all the different countries and cities that we’ve seen over the last four months. Alas, I’ve got too many thoughts and I have thousands of photos to sort through first. And the next phase of my life to figure out. That’s important, too. I’ll be writing more about my trip and experiences of course. I hope you’ll stick around to read about it.