Sometimes I miss England.
I lived there for a year with some awesome friends. We were working on University campuses around Liverpool. Sure - it's Westernized in a lot of ways. But there are quite a few differences from the suburbia lifestyle I'm accustomed to.
Five girls - yes FIVE - shared one bathroom.
We didn't own a car and always used public transportation.
We took trains to and from other major cities and I loved them.
We walked to and from the grocery store - meaning you didn't shop for the month because you had to carry it all home.
And - we had a mini fridge - to share between five girls.
We didn't really see the sun for
weeks months. We could see signs of it, but not the actual thing.
I saw several countries and dozens of cities.
I met history - way more than America could ever dream of.
I worshiped in intricate cathedrals - the sound of our voices in giant buildings was awe inspiring.
I met amazing people.
And I miss it - all of it.
I miss the hustle and bustle of getting ready with 4 of your friends.
I miss public transportation and how efficient it was.
I miss trains - a LOT - and the convenience of traveling.
I miss walking to the grocery store and the quietness of walking - walking everywhere.
I miss that many fridge and truly understanding what was important for just a day or two with very little going to waste.
I miss the overcast skies - sometimes - not all the time. The light drizzle and spit in your face - and drenched jeans when you finally made it to where you were going. But - it didn't stop us. We would keep walking. And I miss those quiet walks between me and God.
Travel. Travel when you can. See the world. Experience history. Meet new people. Live in a different culture. Mike and I are both incredibly thankful for our experiences abroad - separate countries, but at the same time. Our lives have been shaped from that one year. We have more memories from that one year than any other time in the history of our lives. If you are single - TRAVEL. If you are married - travel. We would do it all over again - separately. We learned a lot about ourselves. And then we would do it all again - together.
The world is a book, and those that do not travel read only one page. -St. Augustine