“People are capable, at any time in their lives, of doing what they dream of.”  Paulo Coelho

A new year, a new time zone, a new way of living… it’s time to move forward, decisions to be made, parts of the world to be seen.  We’re less than two months away from once again hitting the road.  I am full of eager anticipation and angst, but more than anything I am ready.  Well, almost.

Some decisions have already been made in the short time we’ve been here in Maryland.  Apartment life; the good, the bad, the ugly is a part of our daily lives.  The convenience of apartment life is pretty darn great. I’m a big fan of our automated package delivery system and we can walk everywhere we need to go.  Unfortunately, the area in which we live is not pedestrian friendly.  One really needs to be on their toes so-to-speak to make it across the street; stop lights and crosswalks appear to be just a suggestion.  Add in having Ms. Clickity-Clack and Mr. Lead Foot living above us – the ugly side of apartment life – helped us to decide that come summer we’ll start looking for a more permanent place to live.

“The first step towards getting somewhere is to decide you’re not going to stay where you are.”  John Pierpont Morgan

I’ve been talking about walking the Camino de Santiago for a couple of years now, and this is it.  This is the year.  As a matter of fact in just about 3 1/2 months from now we’ll be walking the Camino.  I’ll probably be the one crying and wondering what in the hell was I thinking?!

Since we’ll be walking in the spring, we expect to be rained on.  We’ve been testing our new rain gear.  I think it’s working.

Rain jacket

But before we start walking we need to get over the jet lag and what better way to do that, than to explore parts of Germany and Belgium for a couple of weeks.  Think of it.  Belgian waffles in Belgium!   And since we think we’re going to be a bit tired, after walking 500 miles, we’ll be headed to the south of France because, well… because I can’t think of a more fabulous place to unwind before flying home.

We’ve got a couple of other tricks up our sleeves, but a girl has to leave something to the imagination, don’t you agree?  I guess that just means you’ll have to follow along to find out what we’re up to, right?!   😉

 

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