Triumphant Return

Trip Start Jan 05, 2011
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Trip End Apr 27, 2011


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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

"I'm coming home

Made up my mind that’s what I’m gonna do

Can’t love nobody on the telephone

I’m coming home to you."



Finally getting around to wrapping this up with a little added perspective six months after coming back. To steal a line from Robert Pirsig, “I feel happy to be here, and still a little sad to be here too. Sometimes it’s a little better to travel than to arrive.”  It’s definitely a big adjustment settling back in to a normal routine after 4 months of the continuous excitement of waking up in the morning not knowing what unique spectacle or amazing friend you might discover for the first time.  Glad to be in New Orleans, a city I was familiar with before the trip but have grown so fond of since May that I can’t imagine ever calling anywhere else home.   This city is unlike any other in the States and I’ve been fortunate to land a great job at a small engineering firm that feels more like family than a job.  Not doing exactly what I thought I would be but if I learned anything on my trip it’s that you never know what twists your path will take.  Nicole and I are settled into an awesome house in Uptown just off the streetcar line and I can’t thank her enough for hanging around while I was on the other side of the world and giving me a soft landing after coming back unemployed.

Not going to try to give a six month synopsis of the rest of my 2011 but here’s a few pics from my first week back in which I went to not one but two crawfish boils and visited my favorite restaurant in town: Lebanon’s Café.  Simon and Sarah the awesome Kiwi’s from my trip visited for a few days in June with Si’s mom Philipa and I had a great time showing them around the city.  If anyone wants an added perspective of my time in Bolivia and Peru or just about any other worldwide destination check out their blog at http://sarahandsimon.net/

Got to see Robert Earl Keen, one of my all-time favorite musicians, at the House of Blues soon after my return which made a great bookend for the trip since I’ve used several of his lyrics throughout this blog.  I’ll close it out with a clip of his performance of the lyric that’s leading this entry off.  If anyone reading this has any questions about any of the locations I visited send me an email at jkwalker68@gmail.com .  I love reminiscing about the adventure and I would be happy to share any additional information that I have.  If you ever find yourself in the big easy drop me a line and I’ll be happy to play tour guide as long as you’re buying the cold beers.
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