Seasons Greetings everyone! I have made it back to my home town of St. Louis, Missouri. I’m looking forward to spending some time with friends and family for the holidays. I will be taking a break from blogging to focus on looking for work and planning for my next trip. I will continue to develop Amble Unbound and sharpen my computer skills in the meantime.
Since I left St. Louis 6 months ago I have been to Alaska, England, France and Spain. I’ve seen Mt. McKinley, wild bear, moose and caribou and even stood on a glacier. I have also fulfilled a life long dream of doing a long walk by hiking the Camino de Santiago in Spain for 46 consecutive days, al the while improving my Spanish and growing spiritually.
While driving the shuttle in Denali, I picked up a retired school teacher who told me all about his life teaching and traveling with his wife. As I pulled up to his hotel to drop him off, he stepped down and I waved good bye. Before I shut the door he turned and said,
May peace and love be your lifelong companions.
He walked away and I drove on, our paths never to cross again. But that quote has stuck with me all this time.
Also, during my trip in Spain, I shared an Albergue with a man from Slovenia. We talked at length about our countries and differences in culture. He told me about life before the split of Yugoslavia and what it was like to work in a factory with 10,000 people. The conversation really flourished, (with some added help from the beer vending machine next door of course). But after a while we talked about what really matters in life- how to set priorities and live life to the fullest. This is something I have always strived for and he said something that I will never forget…
Learn to compete with yourself, not with others.
I really took this to heart and will always remember that it’s more important what I think of myself, not what others think. I refuse to acknowledge other’s measurement of my success.
These are just a couple examples of the wealth of knowledge one can learn when they travel. I never know who I’ll meet or how my life will unfold, but one thing is for certain, I can’t wait to see what I learn next!
Merry Christmas to you and your family,