I should start by saying we continue to see new and interesting things each day. Every country has been fascinating in it's own way, and we haven't felt that any destination should not have been on the agenda. Some places remind us of others. Some days I have to stop for a minute to remember where we are. (Modern malls are particularly disorienting.)
The first 4 months built slowly to a climax in South Africa, and then Hoi An with the Brandons. Since then, we seem to be a little unfocused and less "into" the things we're doing than before. Unlike the Alan Jackson song that says "too much of a good thing is a good thing", I think we're all saturated with seeing new sights, eating new foods and experiencing new things.
About a week ago Ursula and I discussed what to do this month. We had already decided on Singapore and Kuala Lumpur for the first two weeks of February, but weren't sure about January. One option was to hunker down somewhere in Vietnam and save some money. While that was financially appealing, the more we thought about it, the more we felt like that would simply be marking time for a few weeks, waiting for the next thing.
Another option was to fly to Bangkok, then travel by train through southern Thailand and Malaysia. That would have been a new adventure, but neither of us could get really excited about it for some reason (we've also been to Thailand before).
And then, I found a great deal on tickets to Australia. Rather than napping through January, we decided to figuratively chug a Red Bull by throwing a couple thousand more dollars into the pot, and making a big trip down under. That decision has definitely breathed some new life into January for us. We're all looking forward to the beaches and outback, and I'm looking forward to another driving tour (like Europe and South Africa).
In many ways, I'm actually itching to get to Korea and get back to work. After 5 months of leisure, I am keen to dive into some substance and start something new. It will also be fun to set up a new home, and let the kids decorate their rooms.
As some of you may know, my parents are coming to see us in April, so that gives us something else to look forward to. I will find an apartment-hotel for them near us (we don't really have room for company). They also plan to go to Japan for 5-7 days in the middle of their visit as a break from/for us, and visit a Japanese couple they met in Haliburton last year through Friendship Force.
Finally, we've booked our tickets to Ontario for the summer. Ursula and the kids arrive in Ottawa on June 23, and I follow 5 days later. We plan to be in Haliburton from June 30 until August 23, except when we make a trip to see Linda and Johnny in Nova Scotia in early August.
Anyway, there's still lots on the agenda. Ursula's Aunt Peg periodically reminds me of a promise I made to Ursula at our wedding. I said "I can't promise you fame, fortune, or stability. But I can promise it will never be boring." Peg, I continue to work hard to keep that promise!