One Year Later

What happens when two people quit their jobs, sell their cars, store their stuff, find temporary placement for their 3 pets, pack a couple of backpacks, backpack around the world for 10 months and then return home- homeless, jobless, petsless, carless, and penniless (well not literally penniless)?

They get jobs, find a home, get their pets back and add another one, buy cars, and start living life again. Yes, you can leave it all behind and come home and get back to normal if that’s what you’re after. It can happen and it does happen and we’re (along with lots of other people) living proof. Since we’ve been reflecting on our adventure as our 1 year anniversary has come and gone, we thought we would share “a one year later” update for anyone thinking about a great adventure of their own and curious about what happens when it’s all over. Continue reading

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A New Reality

It’s been more than a month since we’ve been home now (40 days to be exact) and we’ve certainly had our ups and downs adjusting to life back in the States. We were excited to come home to the comforts and conveniences we knew, and to spend time with our friends and family. As Nick mentioned, it was both a comforting and strange re-entry, because although it was familiar it seemed very foreign at the same time.  Continue reading

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The Mediterranean by Ship

dinner on the cruiseMom & Dad checking out the shipour ship, the Celebrity Solsticeatriummartini barmartini bar on the ship
the Sky Observation Lounge on the shipthe ship dining roomsculpture outside the restaurants on the shipthe Lawn Cluboutdoor poolour stateroom
our stateroom bathroomblogging while cruisingview of the Mediterranean from our balconySorrentoview of Sorrentolemon trees, Sorrento
lemons in Sorrentoolive trees, Sorrentoinfused olive oil in Sorrentofresh mozzarella, Sorrentofresh cheeses and meats at a Sorrento farmSorrento, Italy

Mediterranean Cruise, a set on Flickr.

For a glimpse of the Mediterranean, check out our photos on flickr!

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The end is sweet. Not bitter.

Well, Rachel and I have returned home to South Florida. We are currently residing at my parent’s house in Boca Raton until we are both employed and then we will search for a place of our own; that is the deal we made. Rachel has been trucking along filling out applications each day while using all her resources and networks to find a job she will enjoy in the non-profit industry. She has a wonderful group of family and friends who are doing all they can to help her out. I have filled out applications, networked with friends in the industry, and had a few interviews, which have been successful so far. There is one job in particular that I will most likely start with in a few weeks. In today’s economy, I feel honored and privileged to have offers and choices (hopefully I don’t jinx myself!).

I’d always thought returning home would be just like any other day for me, and this seemed true…at first. Continue reading

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Laid Back Cruisin’ in Europe

As you read in our previous posts, India was everything and nothing that we expected. It is just as beautiful and chaotic as people and literature say it is, but the full extent of all this came to light when we landed in Barcelona, Spain to meet up with Rachel’s parents to go on a 12 day Mediterranean cruise. Nothing was more shocking than having all the luxuries of the boat and first world living at our disposal.

The single greatest part of our cruise was being with Rachel’s parents. Even though we had each other during our journey, there still was a feeling of loneliness from being apart from family and friends. We had our blog and email to share our experiences with everyone, but nothing can take the place of conversation in person, face to face, especially over dinner and wine. I was so excited to be around familiar faces that it feels like I personally didn’t stop talking for the entire trip. Continue reading

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Incredible India

Gateway to India, Mumbaifamily photoMumbaiMumbai MuseumNick's gone native
?Mumbaiold British taxis in MumbaiMumbaiblessing from a holy mansugar candies from a holy man
Mumbai Central Stationtrain from Mumbai to Goavegetarian thali platter, MumbaiPatnem Beachour bungalow, Patnem Beach
bungalow, Patnem Beachour roomatePatnem by nightdining by candlelight on Patnem Beach

India, a set on Flickr.

View photos from our colorful journey through India on flickr. We suggest you view the photos from the India set in the Asia collection, so you can view them in chronological order. Have fun!

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Maharajas, Palaces, and Tombs, Oh My!

We finally found it. The India that everyone talks about: crazy, chaotic, overwhelming India. For 2 weeks we kept saying to ourselves, I don’t get it…this is not nearly as bad as people said it would be. We kept wondering what they were complaining about. Well, they were probably complaining about the provinces of North-Central India. Southern India is laid back and peaceful and so is the far North, but once we made it back to Delhi after Dharamsala, and then to Jaipur and Agra, we finally experienced the side of India that scares many tourists away and causes many never to return.

Our first experience in Delhi was pretty good. We were there for less than a day, in transit between Goa and Dharamsala. On our way back from Dharamsala, we had to spend another night and full day in Delhi. We had had a pretty awful overnight bus ride from Dharamsala and arrived at 5:30am exhausted and ready to get to the hotel. We hopped into a cab at the bus stop, agreed to a price of 600 rupees (approx $12 & probably about 4 times too much), while very tired and not in the mood to haggle. Well when we arrived at our hotel, the driver demanded 600 rupees per person! That’s about eight times the normal fare. Unfortunately the combination of tiredness and not having exact change meant Nick agreed to pay the driver 800 rupees, a fantastic ripoff. But wait! There’s more…

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