After reflecting on the highs and lows of our recent year-long trip, I came to realise that this was also a journey of personal growth and discoveries, affirmations and confirmations and I would like to share these today.
WE ARE DEFINITELY COUNTRY MICE
Yes, we love to visit cities and everything they have to offer in the way of History, Culture and Art, but, as we always suspected, we are never happier than when we are under trees with the sound of birds and other creatures around us. The best locations for us were near forests and rivers or lakes, which had the added bonus of potential fishing for Adonis, like Lac de l’Uby and Navarrosse. We are loving Slindon Estate now as we are right by ancient woods and with great views of the sea in the horizon: best of both worlds!
WE LOVE THE SEA TOO
I was born and raised by the sea and also lived most of my adult life by the Atlantic Ocean: I love it when it is calm and in all its fury, so I don’t like to be away from these bodies of water for too long. There is a definite special something in the air on coastal towns and villages and the cooling breezes are very soothing to the heart and soul and to the body in hot summers. I love the sounds of seagulls around me, even when they wake me up early in the morning.
WE ARE GYPSIES AT HEART
Personally, one of the biggest realisations for me is that I am never happier than when I am travelling and the thrill and excitement of discovering and doing something new and totally different is a feeling like no other. I always suspected it and I’ve most definitely had it confirmed this year. I wonder if I am the descendent of some long forgotten explorer: it is in my blood and I can’t help it. “Bring me that horizon”, as Captain Jack Sparrow would say.
EUROPE IS BEAUTIFUL AND I AM PROUD OF BEING AN EUROPEAN
The more we see of this amazing continent, the more we like it. There hasn’t been a single country we’ve visited in the last 9 years motorhoming that has failed to impress us and delight us. We love the freedom to be able to roam about without borders and enjoy all the diversity and uniqueness of each and every country in the Union.
I hope with all my heart that this Brexit nonsense will die a quick death when people who voted to leave the European Union will realise what a huge mistake this would be. Luckily for me, I am Spanish and Brexit will not affect me so much, but it will affect my British family and friends and now my dog too could have greater restrictions from crossing the Channel. Oh, the foolishness of it all!
YOU CAN BE VERY HAPPY WITH VERY LITTLE
When we emptied our house early in the summer of 2017 to embark on our journey, we were sorry to part with some items, like books, CDs and objects with sentimental value (we kept very few of these), but as time went on, we came to the conclusion that, nice as they were, they were not integral to our happiness, and we felt liberated by the lack of personal possessions. What we have is strictly what we need and, although we have a few decorative items to please the eye, these are strategically placed and we most certainly don’t miss what we left behind.
I am watching Vanity Fair at the moment and I totally agree with the sentiment that this is a “world where everyone strives for what is not worth having”.
HEALTH AND FREEDOM
If personal possessions are not all that vital to us, health and freedom are simply invaluable. Having gone through that horrendous cancer scare and treatment, I doubt there are few things more important to Adonis than his own health now as, without it, nothing else can be enjoyed. As for me, my family’s well-being has always been top of my agenda and for the most part, we’ve had a very healthy life so far, so seeing my husband go through that hell only corroborated the knowledge that we are nothing without our health, but with it, there is nothing you cannot achieve if you put your mind to it.