Some thoughts on Tough Travel

We have been on the go for 6 months now – hard to believe. We have slowly been easing our way into long term travel from our time spent at my cabin in the San Juan’s, to coming home for Christmas, to now, where we don’t know when we’ll be home next. 

The other day after leaving the vegetable store Eric was going to take the produce home and I was going to run to the grocery store for a few more ingredients.  A few minutes later I spotted him, slowly walking the wrong way back to our hostel.  I ran after him to see what was going on and he replied that he had totally forgotten where we were staying and how to get there. 

I realized how sometimes it’s hard to be on the road continuously.  We take so much for granted at home – for starters speaking the same language!  But we also know the common courtseys, our way around our hometown, where the grocery store is, where an ATM is, what all the foods are called, and of course, where our house is.  Well, in each new city that we go to, we have to figure all of this out, in every new location.  When we move along too quickly (as happened recently in San Martin de los Andes because of high season bookings) it’s easy to forget what city we are in, and even easier to forget where we are staying.  We also have to find our way around new rooms, bathrooms, and kitchens.  We try to unpack and repack things in similar places so it’s easy to keep track, but just with the few items we do have it’s frustrating to not be able to find what I’m looking for.  Each place is different, sometimes we have our own bathroom, and other times we are sharing.  I’ve gotten up in the middle of the night before and forgotten where the bathroom is!  And it's always a hunt each time in the kitchen for where things are!

As we settle back into being on the road we are trying to find places to stay for longer periods so as soon as we learn the good spots we can start frequenting them instead of moving on.  I don’t think we will ever get past the language barrier and I would love it if someone explained to me why fruits, vegetables, and meats are called different names across South America, but having a few things be easy to expect makes it that much easier.