One thing you have to get used to in long-term travel is saying goodbye to one experience so you can make room for another. (It is actually true in regular life, too, but that’s another post.)
Last week we said goodbye to our new friends on the M/S Expedition after 2 weeks cruising to Antarctica and another 5 weeks crossing the ocean up to Cornwall in England.
It is amazing how close we became in such a short time with this crew of 47 people, and I was surprised at how teary and emotional we were in the last days.
Two nights before we docked Captain Nicolai and the senior officers had a goodbye dinner with us. It was a six-hour extravaganza we won’t soon forget, and we loved hearing their stories of travel and adventure all over the world. All through the dinner I kept pinching myself because I just couldn’t believe our luck to be living this fantastic adventure with such interesting people.
After we arrived in Falmouth we had a special meeting where the crew presented us with the navigational chart from the voyage signed by all the crew members as well as the flag from the ship with all their signatures. We are still very touched that they went to this much trouble for us.
We showed the crew a video slideshow of Warren’s pictures from the journey along with the video at the end, and it was a perfect way to showcase this adventure with all the people we had grown to love.
It was hard for us to leave, and I have to admit we walked only as far as a pub on the next pier to have a pint and watch the ship one last time before moving on.
So, what is next for us?
Well, we are in England now and trying very hard to learn the language. J We’ve met a wonderful new friend named Nick who has shared with us his home, his local pub, and many of his friends.
We have a beautiful countryside to explore, new foods to try, and people to meet.
Friends we’ve made online and in our earlier travels also live here, and we are looking forward to seeing them.
In short, we can’t move on to this new experience without leaving the old one. It is a tough lesson to learn at home, where it is easier to keep a regular routine, but one that is essential as you travel about from place to place.
We’ve come to realize that leaving is sometimes sad, but it is always an opportunity to allow something new into your life.
We wish our friends on the M/S Expedition a wonderful new adventure now that they have moved on from the repositioning cruise with us, and we look forward to our new adventures as well.
Moving on doesn’t mean forgetting, though, and we’ll always have those 47 people and that gorgeous ship in our hearts. Thank you, Gap Adventures, for creating a fantastic experience for them and for us.
Do you have trouble letting go and moving on to something new? What helps you through it?