Map of the Americas

Map of the Americas
We are using this map to find our way home. We will be marking where we are in big fat red marker like Indiana Jones. (map idea courtesy of Blake Golden)

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Iquitos, Perú Saturday Mom´s Birthday 11am

Well last nite my family celebrated my mom´s birthday! They of course went to Pablo´s, which is not only the only restaurant our family goes out to eat to, but also the restaurant we always go to for birthdays. I´m excited about becoming a regular at their bar when I return. Alcoholic? Just kidding, a regular so I can keep up my Spanish

I do wish I was at the party last nite! One major reason I took a year off was to find out if I could live apart from Alabama, apart from my family and friends. I have always had these dreams of living in exotic places. Whether they are in the United States like Boston, San Diego, Montana, or New York, or international places like Perú, Zambia, India, or China. I am also at a point in my life where I am going to have to choose if I wish to live in a different city within the US with residency coming soon. And after residency I will need to choose a place to live whether it be international or stateside.

With this said, I feel I have traveled more than the average American my age. I spent a summer (3 months) living in Zambia, South Africa and Rwanda. I spent two months traveling Europe, and now I have spent six months living in South America. I have also traveled extensively within the United States, seeing Boston, D.C., Chicago, San Fran, New York, the list goes on and on. And with that said, I love Alabama! I have spent 25 years developing an incredible family, more friends than I can handle, and several friends that mean the world to me! That´s a third of my life! Developing this wonderful life! Now I know if I moved away I would not be throwing away these relationships, they would always be there for me because they are good people. But why not enjoy them? Why not suck every bit of life and goodness out of these relationships? Is that not what life is about in the end?

So I was not intending to write all this, but it sort of came out. I am more and more thankful everyday that I have taken this year off because it has taught me that I need Alabama! I need my family and friends! And that, Lord willing, I will live in Alabama in the future. I can believe I´m even saying this, but it´s the truth!

I should be in Alabama now celebrating my mom´s birthday! I guess I´ll restart with my sister´s. :)

Blog Points:
1. I´m sorry the video didn´t work yesterday. Truly, it´s amazing. I´ll show anyone when I get home.

2. Saw some kids the other day. They were roller blading. Where? In the mud. Think about it.

1 comment:

Abby Maddox said...

I just am so, so thankful you went ahead and said that outright. I am glad you have had such a fun adventure, but it would be really sad to think about you living your whole life far, far away.