And you can't be everywhere at once.
For example. When we leave here in September, we will head for Ottawa. There, we will spend approximately two weeks visiting friends and family. By that time, it will have been almost exactly one year since we've seen any of them. Then, we head to Nova Scotia to visit our daughter and her growing family. Again, one year since we have seen them. Our grandson is another year older, and we will have another grandchild by then too.
Our daughter (due in September!) with grandson Cameron and son in law Justin.
Both my (Kevin's) grandfathers were gone before I was 5 years old, so I feel like I missed out on a part of life. I don't want to deny my grandchildren that time. And I know Ruth is missing watching them grow up too!
Then, we head to New York City for a couple of days before going to Africa for 4 months. We don't know anybody in that part of the world, but it's a given we will leave there with new friends. Friends that we probably won't see again for a long, long time!
And then there's Mexico, where we now have a LOT of friends. Because of our time overseas, we will only have a very short time in Mexico next March and we will not be able to see all of them.
Our Mexican family in Puerto Escondido.
And of course all of the people we have met along the way who we would really like to see again. Some of the couchsurfing hosts that we have stayed with. I hate to mention names for fear of leaving somebody out, but we've been wanting to get back to Cancun (Carmen) and Hope, B.C. (Cory and Elaine) South Carolina (Pete and Pam) and numerous other places we've been before.
And the wonderful people we met in Czech Republic (Blanka and others) and Slovakia (Michal and his family and Jana and Lukas and friends) and Iceland (we want to spend more time with the locals Olof!) last year. Who knows how long it will be before we return to those beautiful countries.
Kevin and Ruth with Michal near Zilina, Slovakia.
And so the main drawback to traveling is that the more you do it, the more friends you will meet that you won't get to see again for perhaps a long, long time. Yet, one of the things that draws us to travel is meeting the people who live in these far away countries. It is truly a double edged sword!
And so we can't wait to meet the local people who live in Namibia, Botswana, and South Africa. To share our experiences with them and share their hopes and dreams for their countries and themselves and to learn about their culture. It's not only about the lions and rhinos and elephants!