I have come to the conclusion that scenery is what truly does it for me! I could spend hours on end sitting in front of a lake that is still, days on top of a mountain over looking forestry and wildlife, weeks in the woods where I am constantly being woken by the sounds of birds chirping and the rivers rushing. This is what makes me smile! I just got in from a very long walk through the woods where I came across deer, squirrels, birds of all kinds, a raccoon, a rabbit, and probably a thousand different dogs! That is where I feel peace.
I would like to start off this article by thanking my grandmother, without her and her wise words I would not have experienced the joy I have over the past few weeks. My journey started in Lima, now it wasn’t overly hot but I definitely did feel the heat some days! I met so many incredible people, I honestly don’t even know where to begin! In my earlier post I talked about how this trip would change me, it has and it hasn’t.
It’s challenging to put into words what I’ve learned over the past three weeks, I’m not talking about geographical enclosures, articles of clothing and how they are made, various food types, macro nutrients, window cleaning, gutter trap installations, the dangers of cycling, and the limitations my body has when it comes to hiking; I’m talking about what I’ve learned about Betty.
This trip opened my eyes to different cultures, different ways of living, different everything! I fell in love with options, and I fell in love with variety. It still feels like that was more hiking than I have ever done before, it also feels like my regular fridge foods should be garnished or exchanged with street food! So my trip definitely did have an impact on the way I see certain things, and I think that was the main reason I went; to open up to new possibilities and attack new desires. I have come to the conclusion that I will most certainly be cycling more, I can beat the bus no problem, I just need to invest in a road bike!
Now I will never forget my trip, most importantly I will never forget the importance of family. I went back to the island before I arrived home. (I also ended up getting an extension on my days off which is a whole other story.) Why did I go back to Victoria? One thing stood out to me the most when I was in Lima. Want to know what that one thing was?
Family, everything was about family. They drove together, ate together, walked together, and stood by each other; period. The greatest pictures in my mind from my trip are images of families being ‘family’. I cut my trip in Lima short, and went to Vancouver Island to see those that are dearest to me.
I arrived late Thursday night, and to my surprise there was one man waiting at the airport, my uncle. As grateful as I could be I sprinted to hug him but I had one question running through my mind, “Where is everyone?”. I quickly found out that my uncles company has just gone through some transitions and their expansion has basically locked everyone down with regards to time. His company Glass Guys Window And Gutter Cleaning has just blown up! He’s had to hire my cousins and their friends part time and full time! I am so happy for him as it wasn’t that long ago that they were looking for work, and now it’s coming in abundance! If I know anyone on this planet that deserves a break when it comes to finances, it’s my uncle.
It’s amazing how many people you end up speaking with who can share a story with you that will almost completely change your perspective! We are dots, having flown hours and hours from home I feel and am beginning to understand that we as humans are truly like grains of sand in the Sahara Desert. This an incredible yet pulse raising thought to contemplate.
Whoa am I ever thankful to be free! Work was cut short and now I have a few days to myself before I leave; movies and popcorn? I was thinking about a unique trilogy that my cousin used to be quite fond of. I always think the original Lord Of The Rings movies but the series begins with a movie called ‘Blade’. Now I am a total sucker for blood and gore and it may sound a little odd reading it aloud, heck even typing it out felt a little odd; regardless, it keeps me in-tune!