Homeward Bound (I promise this one isn’t even sentimental!)

Karie on Sep 3rd 2008 08:20 pm

Our last full day in Barcelona is upon us.  We’ve said goodbyes to friends and are mostly packed up.  I’ve already cried over the people & things I’m going to miss, and also lost sleep over the excitement of everything we have to look forward to at home.  So now, I leave you with raw data.  No emotions, deep thoughts or reflections… just the facts:

Time lived in Spain: 1 year
Pickpockets/purse snatchings we physically stopped while living in Barcelona: 4 (I’m pretty sure that’s more than the Policia)
Travel days (outside of Barcelona): 111
Countries visited: 20
Most searched word to get to our blog: “pooping” (I assume this search lead people to our blog because of this blog entry)
Total amount of money spent: You have to buy the book for that one!!!

Yup, that was a plug.  The first draft of my book is nearly complete, although it will take more time for the editing, design & publishing processes.  The book is more or less the story of our experiences, how we did what we did, and what we’ve learned from it.  More details to come, so stay tuned.

As for this blog, it will continue once we are home, but will likely be restructured to separate topics on home life & travel.  You will definitely hear from us a few more times while we do our “homecoming tour” and learn how to reacquaint ourselves with the American Dream.  Then, once life returns to “normal” (whatever that is), we will stop the automated emails from going out every time we post a blog entry (for those of you who are subscribers), unless it’s something really important.  But if you - like Scott - think that everything I have to say is important, you can always RSS our site, or just check back whenever you think of us (which hopefully will be often).

Now, I’m going back on what I said above about keeping this blog to raw data (c’mon, did you really think I’m capable of that?), as I close with a quote.  Although I probably won’t fully realize how much this year has impacted me for months or years to come, I have a feeling this is will be a good summary:

“Absence lessens the minor passions and increases the great ones, as the wind douses a candle and kindles a fire.”  - Francois de La Rochefoucauld

I think it’s good to extinguish a few minor candles now & then, as long as the important passions in life are en fuego!!!  Hasta California…

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7 Responses to “Homeward Bound (I promise this one isn’t even sentimental!)”

  1. 1
    Ralph Says:

    Yeaaaah! Can’t wait to see you :)
    Ralph

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    Julie Says:

    So cool! I’ll be praying for a very safe trip for you!

    Julie

    If you want something you’ve never had, you must do something you’ve never done.

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    sarah Says:

    if its not sentimental, why I am crying? SVJ

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    Amy Thacker (Kent) Says:

    Karie - I have thoroughly enjoyed reading the blogs and looking at the pictures this past year. Please keep in touch! I would love to bookmark your blog/web page to keep up with you when you are back in the U.S. Hope your travels back home are/were safe!

    Love,
    Amy

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    Nomadic Matt Says:

    a book! oooo can i read the advance copy? even better can i get your autograph before you are famous?

    I’m glad the blog will keep going though….i’d hate to never hear from you again!

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    Brandy Says:

    Glad to hear that you are back in the States, but I am going to miss living through all of YOUR travel experiences!!! However, if you ever want to travel to the wonderful Midwest… we would love to have you.

    No we don’t have the running of the bulls-but I can probably find a field with a bunch of deer/elk that will run as fast as they can away from you… And then we would be happy to take you somewhere and throw lots of tomatoes at you. =)

    Really…I am so happy for you and Scott…I can only imagine how fantastic this past year has been for the two of you. Please keep us updated on your next adventure.

    Hopefully our paths will cross soon,
    Love,
    Brandy

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    Daniel Noll Says:

    I discovered your blog after searching for a post geotagging solution.

    Am sorry I didn’t discover your site sooner. Good luck with your re-entry. We’ll look forward to reading your updates (particularly the insights on re-settling vs. traveling/on-the-road) and the book!
    Cheers,
    Dan

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