we’ve been travelling for a month, what have I learned?
first, dealing with stray business while on the road has been difficult. i don’t have easy access to printers, faxes or phones for that matter. anyway, note to self, in the future plan for the 30 day business environment to make settling matters easier on oneself. i had the 29 day environment and now, i’m struggling to settle what i need. 😦
next, friends. traveling to the Red to meet up with friends has been wonderful for many, many reasons. even if they weren’t here, we have met some amazing people. some of them, i have met before, on my one day in Rifle, for example. one of the girls i met was Noel, super nice and always smiling. Sig describes noel’s recounts of climbs as if Noel were chatting about opening her xmas presents. it’s awesome! btw, there are many more women climbing here than i’ve had around me before. back in seattle i found it hard to find women to climb with, but here, mostly, that’s all i am climbing with!
more on friends: other friends of ours who were here have now left and that will change our dynamic a bit. our friends from oregon helped to make it feel a bit like bringing a taste of home with me on the road. it has been a treat to wake up every day and look forward to meeting up with various people along the way. last night we had a pot luck to celebrate Halloween. i got to meet and get to know more people from the camp ground, mostly our group of friends, but some new people, too. i always leave these functions feeling lucky that i found a community that i can identify with and enjoy being a part of. i’m going to miss everyone when this ‘party’ seperates, but at the same time, i’m looking foward to making new friends and exploring new areas.
budgets: well, since this is the first time i’ve saved money for something like this, i am tracking everything closely to get a good idea of our spending habits and how we can trim expenses. so far, we are doing well with managing costs, but we can do better. i think the first month is always the most expensive because there are things you do or purchase that help set up the rest of the trip that maybe weren’t thought of or understood before. i’m trying to make notes of these kinds of things to pubish later.
work: i do miss work, but i find that i am keeping busy just fine without any extra things to do that i am not eagerly searching out anything. i am going to enjoy living off of my savings for a bit longer and take this experience in as fully as i can while i can. mike on the other hand has chosen to do projects and i wonder if he wouldn’t benefit from doing the same as me. it’s good to know we have some income coming in and i know he enjoys the work he does, but it can consume him and that’s no way to enjoy this trip! 🙂 maybe we can swap places next year after Australia or south africa, when i hope to be working, again.
van: not a whole lot to say about the van, except that it is awesome and everything we hoped it would be. i am still acclimating with the tetrisness of it and today i was super clumsy so extra frustrated with the confined space, but generally, we get on fine in it and i’m happy with our travelling choice.
ok, that’s enough about our trip. what is life like back in the ‘real’ world?? 🙂