Back to the Future, Back to the East
Trip Start Feb 03, 2010
56Trip End Jul 09, 2010
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February again – firing up the blog. Loved my Eastern adventure so much last year that during the whole time back in Calgary I was figuring out how I might configure my life to repeat it. 2009 was definitely a year of change – a year of movement. For those of you who hear from me very sporadically, think of this as my Christmas letter – a north American phenomenom whereby families write about the successes shared by their families, often the butt of jokes. Even so, in these times of frantic schedules and disconnection, they are a useful way of keeping connected to friends and family who we think about often, yet don't get to catch up with enough. My previous blog covered nearly the first half of last year ending when I came home for the summer. Right away I jumped right in with an incredibly busy schedule of volunteer work with the Stampede, the Red Cross Refugee Program and World Skills. I did find time for some paid work – mediating with Alberta Justice Civil Division and starting a new career as a private investigator. I am now a liscenced PI!!!! Watch out Magnum!!!! Played a lot of tennis and basically just chilled out. In August I put my lovely little house up for sale and decided to let fate plan the next steps. " Live without fear"" and all of the other tenants that served me well to get me on the road to discovery last year.
I accepted another 4 month contract with the City doing HR consulting – this time mostly working from home. Life was unfolding nicely until the first week of October when I accepted an offer on my house that came with the condition that I be out in three weeks! Needless to say, October was a crazy blur - unloading most of my furniture on Kijiji, packing up my beloved tools and gardening stuff and basically throwing clothes into bags and boxes and dropping them off at a variety of locations here there and everywhere. It was chaos and completely disorganized. Thank God for good friends who made heavy work a lot lighter. I looked at a few places to buy or rent but just didn't have the time to do much other than work at night and pack during the day. Generous friends offered to take in me and my laptop and I spent the month of November retrieving my stuff, organizing it and moving it to a garage space another friend rented me.
By the end of November I was completely exhausted but had to stay connected to the internet to fulfill my work contract. I headed east to Guelph Ontario to visit my Dad and his wife and spent Christmas in their beautiful little City. My contract ended January 1, and I planned a winter getaway for us. A couple of weeks ago, Dad, his wife Marion and I flew to Miami, met my friend Jackie there and we set sail on a two week cruise of the Caribean and the West Indies. Seven ports in 14 days – a whirlwind of islands and new things to see. The day before I left on the cruise I booked a flight to India!!! I have always wanted to go to India but was more than a little hesitant to do it solo. As fate would have it – when I put it out into the universe, the universe responded. A friend from Calgary mentioned to me that she knew a guy, also from Calgary but originally from India, who was going home for a few months and maybe we could hook up. As the discussion progressed, she, also a seasoned traveler, decided that she couldn’t miss the opportunity to see India with a local. So……….she wangled three weeks off work and we decided to go as soon my ship (literally) docked. I was back in Guelph for a couple of days, just in time to repack the little bag I used last year, and head off for the airport. All this packing – both for the Caribbean and India, has been complicated because of my homelessness. I only brought a few winter things to Guelph and most of my stuff is in the Calgary garage. Oh well – I am sure anyone reading this will agree if these are the extent of my worries, I am truly blessed. Come with me on this journey if you want, check in now and then, check in often or not at all. I will try and find strong enough wavelengths to capture some of the amazing images I know I will see, and share some of the incredible people I know I will meet. If this trip is even half of what last years was, it will be quite the adventure. In return, please let me know what you and your families are up to – I have been disconnected from Calgary and my community for many months now and I miss my family and friends and the rest of you scattered around the world. It is like a nice little present when I open my computer and find a note from a friend……..
Back to the future and off to India………on a one way ticket, without a plan……..how can it not be amazing?