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Honest Travel: some days are hard

January 12, 2016

From looking at my instagram feed, or this wee here blog you could be forgiven for thinking that my life is a never-ending adventure in which I don’t have a care in the world.  While that’s not exactly incorrect I think it’s important to be real and honest about travel.  And to me that means acknowledging that some days are hard. 

Some days I miss my friends and family.

Some days I miss my old apartment and our crazy part time cat Chico.

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This is Chico. He’s bi-polar, hopelessly lazy and utterly gorgeous.

Some days I miss the structure and routine of having a job and a home.

Some days I spend twenty minutes agonizing over what to wear because I don’t feel like being cat called while walking down the street (and then I put on a maxi skirt and long sleeved shirt and still get cat-called walking down the street).

Some days I just want to be able to have a conversation without struggling through broken Spanish.

Most days I don’t miss any of these things.  Most days I can’t imagine being anywhere other than where I am right now.  Most days I’m happy and content. But, some days are hard.

Like today. I’m tired and a little grumpy because I got woken up in the early hours of the morning by people moving around our dorm. Then I lay awake thinking all those horrible thoughts you only think between the hours of 2 and 4am.  When I woke this morning I found my body covered in little bites (I think bedbugs).  They trail from the tips of my little fingers down my hand, up my arm and across my back. I have more on my legs.

It frustrates me to that I seem to either have good days or bad days (thankfully mostly good days!), whereas Guy seemingly always has just ok days – never great but never awful.  Sometimes it feels like he has adjusted here so quickly and so much better than I have even though I’m the one who wanted this. I’m the one who dragged him halfway across the world away from his job, friends and family. 

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I’m not trying to whinge or complain. It’s not that I’m unhappy here, or I want to be somewhere else – I don’t.  It’s just that well, some days are hard.  And that’s okay.

Here a few quotes that I find help on days like this.  I don’t know why but reading things like these from my Pinterest makes me feel just a little bit better.  So does curling up in bed with some chocolate and a 90s movie (The Mummy is on the cards for today!).

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