We went on this trip for the experiences, ALL the experiences. We have shared some of our adventures on the blog but only a fraction of what we do ever makes it into prose. The truth is that we are not always out on the go hiking to a glacier or running around town trying to take in every museum. We know that our bodies cannot withstand constant on-the-go activity, and mentally we will wear out if we try to hit every site in every town.
Yes, we have some incredible times on the road and have been able to have some wonderful new experiences. However, long term travel is not all volcanos and waterfalls. Many days are far less dramatic than our pictures and blog would lend one to believe. Regardless, each day is an opportunity to encounter new people and explore new cultures, which to us is often far more rewarding:
- Laundry days are wonderful. It is funny how excited we are when we can take all our clothes to the local lavandaria and they will wash and fold them all for $5.
- Seeing the owner of a restaurant we previously ate at on the street and stopping to have a conversation.
- Riding with a group of school kids in a 1950’s bus to get to a hike
- Sitting in a cafe working on the Internet and sipping a beer
- Walking through a residential neighborhood and chatting with people on the street to practice our Spanish and meet someone new
- Shopping for our own food in the grocery store and coming home and trying out a new local dish.
Each activity is rather mundane but is a part of this wonderful trip we are enjoying. The key is to take a few minutes to realize the new experiences being had and how even the “small things” can be interesting. We remind ourselves everyday that this is our life and slowing down to enjoy it is as important as ever.
What daily experiences make you smile?