Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens…Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens…Brown paper packages tied up with string…These are a few of my favorite things!
FOUR YEARS! Four! – of traveling the world! 1,461 days! Uh – that is, minus two years for a global pandemic that has prevented us, and most people, from traveling outside their home countries. So, let’s say – four years of being homeless and possessionless (outside of necessities). February 1, 2018, is the date we started our mad experiment, our dream of being less than one-half of one percent of the world’s population, to give up our home and all possessions outside of what will fit in a backpack – and go for it! We had a great and packed first two years, and completely circumnavigated the globe. BUT – when we walked out of our hotel in Barcelona on March 14, 2020, and all the stores were closed, and the streets devoid of cars and people, we sadly realized we likely should return to the US, as the Covid pandemic had parked itself on our doorstep.
If we can travel again soon – and it seems likely – we have set plans for 2022 and 2023. We know what we would like to do in 2024, but are just waiting to see what the world is like. Like most of our traveling friends around the world, we are just waiting for the green light to move ahead.
So, being in California for a tiny bit longer, we have no new place to post. But we wanted to commemorate our four-year anniversary today, so we are posting some photos of our favorite places. We have many more than these, of course, and we can even make the case that everywhere we have been have had places, and memories, that would put them at the top. Almost anywhere in Europe would make The List, as well as almost every island we have explored. But we have now given two presentations on our weird and wonderful lifestyle, and one of the first questions is always, “What is your favorite place in the world?” The places below almost always come up, and we find it interesting that in looking through them, most involve oceans, rivers, lakes, and fountains! While we have many, many favorite places in the US, we are only listing international destinations so that this post isn’t too cumbersome.
And so, in no particular order, our favorite international places are:
The South Pacific (Oceania), represented here in a photo of Moorea