Good friends reconnect over a few drinks and plans are made for traveling abroad!
We hadn’t seen each other in years but once we started talking there was no time distance. All the closeness that we had in our earlier lives came back. We talked of many things but once we started talking of travel a plan was hatched. I love to plan the travel and am always ready to go; my companion had the desire and the general locations so together we hatched an itinerary and started our countdown to the trip abroad.
We began talking more frequently as we planned the details of the trip; we talked of what and how to pack and what excursions to take. I made some reservations for different experiences along our itinerary.
My companion was not accustomed to packing lightly; an extra day before the trip was necessary to combine our efforts in getting the luggage under control. We were going to be handling our own luggage for parts of the trip and it needed to remain manageable. We were taking trains, planes and boats across several European countries and neither of us was feeling up to lugging lots of extra accessories!
We laughed our way through the trip and both of us felt lighter and happier than we had in a long while. We were sorry to say goodbye to our vacation together and immediately started planning the next trip.
Everything went as planned and we enjoyed each other’s company and found out we were excellent travel buddies! I did it!~
I’ve been watching the migration of refugees into Europe and reflecting on the movement of peoples and the changes they bring.
Being of European descent, I have always felt at home when traveling in Europe. I know that I am the outsider from America and that I don’t really fit in like a local but I try to respect the host country’s customs and enjoy the environment and culture I am visiting. I know that my ancestors brought a part of the European culture to America and used it as a foundation for building their new life.
Watching the refugees flow into Europe – and other parts of the world – reminds me that we all came from somewhere. Very few of us are indigenous. Back in our ancestral dna was an intrepid soul that felt the need to move. My husband has ancestors that moved because their family lands had already been divided out and nothing was available for the younger sons. I have Irish ancestors that moved because their lands were no longer life-sustaining. I have Eastern European ancestors that moved because of the oppression of their government. Everyone moved because they were seeking change and opportunity to provide a better life for themselves and their family. I like to believe that each generation has added something to strengthen their new community.
It’s part of the movement of life and we must embrace those refugees and give them the opportunities that we all had at sometime in our lineage.
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