It’s been a heck of a year or so, and Little Red Riding Hood is now safe and sound in her new digs. I am starting to breathe a little deeper, despite the periodic pangs of guilt that I work to suppress each time I drive away.
So when an opportunity to tag along with MacGyver on a work trip to Spain came along – during a favorite week of mine and for mere pennies at that – I took it as a sign. A sign that it was time to shake off the worries of the last few years like a wet dog after a year-long bath. And figure out how to jump on that plane.
As such, LifeonWry is Madrid-bound, as of this Saturday. I’m hoping to write while there and I’ll try to post on my blog. I may even try to figure out how to pre-program some posts to appear while I am gone (no promises there). So please standby if my little ol’ blog experiences any technical difficulties or extended pauses.
I am grateful to have such a wonderful travel opportunity present itself and to be able to take advantage of it. Also grateful that my parents are willing to shake up their life for a week and watch our boys for most of the time while we are gone, while my dear friend, who is like a sister to me, will stay for a few nights as well. My friend’s mother, who is an extra mother to me (I’ve been blessed to have a few), will help out with my friend’s son while she is gone so that she can come to Colorado for a few days.
Having people like these in my life is yet another example of why my life is rich beyond measure. All involved were on a mission to make it possible for me to go on this trip with MacGyver. And they jumped at the opportunity to spend quality time with my boys who are growing up so very quickly.
Traveling and experiencing new and different places is quite possibly as important as education. I’m convinced that travel..and living in places different from what we are accustomed to… broadens our minds by knocking down the boundaries set in place by our own experiences.
Too often our minds get boxed in by the familiar and only a change of scenery or culture can wedge them loose. Perhaps that’s why my Grandmother called me her Gypsy granddaughter, God rest her leopard-shoed soul.
I am grateful that my parents taught me to appreciate travel and other cultures when I was young, and that I’ve been fortunate enough to be able to teach it to our sons.
There are so many quotes about travel that I love. Twain’s view on travel is perfectly stated. As is this one by Ralph Crawshaw:
“Travel has a way of stretching the mind. The stretch comes not from travel’s immediate rewards, the inevitable myriad new sights, smells and sounds, but with experiencing firsthand how others do differently what we believed to be the right and only way.” -Ralph Crawshaw
I will have a few days on my own in Madrid to get good and lost (for I am She-ra, Queen of the Compass-Challenged). So I know that I’ll have some interesting stories to tell. So stay tuned, my friends. Stay tuned.
What are your thoughts on seeing new places? What does travel mean to you?
Headline quoted from The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension.