This phrase has always captured my imagination and also reminded me of what an amazing time I've had over "mumblesomething" years.
I've certainly maintained the first two words. Unbelievable.
Wandering far, as an intrepid traveler, was my modus operandi for about forty years.
Lately, since I am settled in the new casa without a huge "to do" list, there has been
time to reflect on the trips to the Netherlands. The time I rented a car and attempted
to drive to Bruge, without success. And, of course Paris, twice, because I loved and still
love it so much.
Most of my travel, however, has been in the BIG country of Mexico, Guatemala and of course
the USA. Road trips mostly. Something I've always loved to do - like the drive from Vancouver
to San Miguel - six days, whew. Or the time I decided to drive to Colorado on the back roads only.
Who knew Texas grew that much cotton? Who knew that most of the farmers who ate in the little
diners on the roads wore honest to goodness overalls? And who knew what "All vehicles downshift?" meant when I was somewhere east of Las Vegas, New Mexico. Those are the fun parts,
for me, of travel. Seeing unexpected things and experiencing them.
Of course in Mexico, for me anyway, when I'm on the road, it seems I am always seeing unexpected things. Sheep who have gotten loose; kids selling twig reindeer on the side of the road; all the new wineries being developed in the San Miguel area; and, of course, the beautiful mountains and valleys of this area. Driving to the border, I enjoy seeing the men with scythe like tools getting crickets and grasshoppers to ship to Oaxaca for all their "bug" dishes. Once in a while you will see an old fashioned wooden wagon with a farmer and his wife coming down a dirt road or the farmer out in the field with an oxen to plow. Awesome sights.
"Wondering Always" has become, recently, my method of life. Now that I am sticking closer to home because of my challenge of walking, it has given me time to go back to some of the things I have always loved to do "when I had time". Reading of course, sewing, working on gifts and projects like organizing photo files. Oh, and cooking or having friends over!
I've discovered that I do not have to slave over the stove in order to have those friends over, but in fact, can contact the many people who make delicious food that is perfect for small groups or whatever. That was the case recently when I had three delightful, long time friends over for lunch.
Then there is Jennifer. I'm not sure where she came from when she moved to SMA, because I met her when she owned The Bagel Cafe. Then I found out she had lived in Mongolia! She was Country Director for Mercy Corp for several years. A friendship began and has grown. Since our meeting, she sold the restaurant to her employees, formed a consulting firm and is off to many countries that I have, in some instances, need to learn more about. She also worked in South Korea for a while. What an intrepid traveler this woman is......
Last, but surely not least, is Shannon, an internationally acclaimed photographer who is very low key as well. Shannon and I did a road trip to Texas when she was having an exhibit at a museum in San Antonio. That trip in itself is something I could write several posts about. Maybe later! The friendship was sealed on that trip, for sure. Now, not only does Shannon continue with her unique photography but she also has an Estate Sale company here in SMA.
All this shows that I can stay "close to home" and still have a delightful, fascinating life with people here in San Miguel.
Life does seem to change all the time, but that is a good thing, most of the time! Onward........