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Journey of a Lifetime

After a year and a half of planning, and a few weeks of parties and goodbyes, I am finally about to embark on the journey of a lifetime.  Flying out of Newark for London in just a few hours, and so looking forward to the 3 weeks I will have in Europe with my cousin and close friends.  Meeting my friend Kari in London, heading to Paris for my 40th birthday, then to explore Antwerp and Amsterdam.  From Amsterdam, flying to Copenhagen and visiting with my lifelong friend, Michelle, in Malmo.  Then, back to London to visit with my cousin Adam and his husband Hector, and meeting up with my travel companion, Dore.  Dore and I will be flying to India for a life-changing and life-enhancing experience.  Dore and I will head from Mumbai to the southernmost point (a geographical destination I am very comfortable with, eg. Key West) of Western India, Trivandrum, and take an hour rickshaw ride to the Sivananda Ashram in Neyyar Dam.

While I am very excited, I am also nervous, anxious, and sad to be leaving family, boyfriend, and friends.  Even so, the excitement does trump the other emotions, as I step out into the unknown, into a realm of new experiences, cultures, and people.  And new learning opportunities to expand my knowledge, practice, and self-growth.

So, friends, family, and bloggers, I bid you a sweet farewell.  I look forward to connecting with you via the internet (a tool I didn’t have access to the last time I traveled extensively), to sharing my experiences with you all, and to hearing what is happening in your lives, too.

To view pictures from farewell parties, link here.  I hope it works, this whole uploading photos for public view is new for me.  The link will take you to one album, but if you go to my name, it will bring you to the other albums as well.  Sorry, the only way I could figure out to do it in a pinch.

Much Love, everyone.

 

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4 Responses to “Journey of a Lifetime”

  1. Jennifer says:

    That truly gave me goose bumps and brought tears to my eyes. I’m so very happy for you Gail, such an extensive trip that many of us have dreamed of. AND YOU’RE DOING IT!
    I’m looking forward to reading your blog and following you on this journey until you return home.

    Love you Gail!

  2. Sara (cousin) says:

    Have a blast! Happy birthday Saturday!

  3. I hope you have a great time and we will surely miss your post. See you soon.

  4. Yogini Jen says:

    Can’t believe you’ve been gone for almost a year! When you wrote this post, it was all a future dream to be lived. In another 6 weeks, you’ll be 41…and even sooner, back to the States!! Am so excited for you that you had a vision, worked hard to make it happen, and experienced a year of life that blessed & changed you forever. As your very special and meaningful year wraps up, I’m heading back to the handful of blogposts that I missed along the way to read and comment, as well as to relive and remember the wonderful times you had before we reconvene and you share in person ~ over some Abita beer and chocolate covered strawberries. Love you so much and can’t wait to see you soon!!!!! XOXO, ~J.

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