29 March 2012.
Three months have passed.
It’s been simply unbelievable how quickly these last three months have gone, and it was nine months when I made my announcement.
From mid-December: belongings packed and shipped. Ended my job at an astronomical observatory in Chile. Ended my time in astronomy. Left Chile to return to North America.
Since the end of December, I have visited the Bay Area, Vancouver, Victoria, the Big Island of Hawaii, Seattle, Santa Monica, Pasadena, Mexico City, back to the Bay Area, northwest Arkansas, and now as I write, Houston.
That’s a lot of distance for the first 12 weeks of 2012.
|SFO–LAX–YVR||1418 mi||Alaska Airlines|
|YVR–SEA–HNL–ITO (return)||6040 mi||Alaska, Hawaiian Airlines|
|Vancouver–Seattle||127 mi||Amtrak Cascades|
|SEA–LAX||954 mi||Alaska Airlines|
|LAX–MEX||1553 mi||Alaska Airlines|
|MEX–DFW–SJC||2374 mi||American Airlines|
|SFO–DFW–XNA||1745 mi||American Airlines|
|XNA–DFW–IAH||505 mi||American Airlines|
|Total, as of this post||14716 mi (23680 km)||…|
Until the end of April, I have Toronto; Minneapolis; Washington, DC; and Baltimore remaining on the docket.
Fortunately, I’ve been able to use frequent-flyer miles for all intracontinental flights within North America, which will be the subject for a future post.
As I’ve often been asked, I’m no closer to figuring out what I want to do at the end of this RTW journey, or figuring out where I want to live.
But I am “auditioning” every place I’m visiting along the way.
So, it’s one-quarter done, and three more to go.
That’s at least nine months remaining.
I’d like to think I can keep going.
By great fortune, I went back to Jodi Ettenberg’s Legal Nomads website, and in particular to two posts: The Limits of Long-Term Travel, and On Homesickness and Long-Term Travel. As I’ve been contemplating for some time, she elucidates these ideas, thoughts, and emotions far more eloquently than I can have ever imagined.
The calendar excerpt is taken from cozi.com. The next two photos are from Flickr, and are made by M.Toyama and marie-ll, respectively. This post is published originally on Fotoeins Fotopress (fotoeins.com).