On leaving for our honeymoon

We’ve been M.I.A. the past 6 months, I’m sure you’ve noticed. Or maybe you haven’t. With the exception of a Facebook status update here and there and our wedding mishap post, we pretty much neglected the blog. Truth is, we got caught up with the real world and fell into a normal routine of work and family and friends, which isn’t a bad thing. Between a wedding to plan, bridal showers, birthdays, wedding and baby thingies to attend, layer on the decision to buy or not to buy a house and newly demanding jobs that far exceeds the regular 9 to 5 and you can imagine how easily it is for us to let the blog slip our minds.

I can’t believe it’s already been two years since our big trip. We still have so much we want to share — video reels from India, stories from Cambodia, highlights from Peru — all stored in the far corner of my brain that I just haven’t had the time to tap into. Part of me is lazy, not going to lie. But mostly, it’s hard to reminisce about travel and not want to pick up and leave again, so I stopped writing all together.

I have been pretty far removed with how demanding work has been as of late. I never thought I’d be the type to bring work home, spending late night hours checking emails and putting out fire drills. Gerard says I even dream about work, saying things like stat numbers and site traffic in my sleep. He’s never seen me like this before. And because of this, Gerard has taken on all of the honeymoon planning — I was no help at all.

It wasn’t until my last day of work, trying to put out yet another fire drill that I threw in the white towel and finally accepted, I needed a vacation. I didn’t like the person I was becoming. Worse, I felt bad having Gerard do everything, I didn’t chime in once which must have been frustrating for him, I’m sure of it though he never once said a word. On top of this, he had to research and buy all the camping gear for our overlanding journey across East Africa.

I didn’t mean for this to sound so Debby downer, but it really has been an emotional few months both good and bad (and stressful). What I really wanted to say is how excited we both felt this morning waking up for our flight. I felt instantly recharged, I did not think of work once. That feeling of picking up your luggage and walking through the airport, boarding a plane and taking off — it’s still one of the best feelings in the world, at least for us. It’s been so long we almost forgotten how great it feels.

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Right now, we’re sitting in Hamad International airport in Doha, Qatar waiting for our flight to Nairobi in 6 hours. To kill time, Gerard suggested we write this on our iPad. For the first time in a long time, I agreed. I am so excited, albeit nervous, for what the next four weeks will bring, but I do know I cannot wait to share it with all of you! I have no idea what Gerard has planned. All I know is I better make the hike to see them gorillas!!

Thanks again for those of you who have continued to follow our journey. We’re humbled our stories have made it so far and to so many. They say most travel blogs only last two years. Well, we have way too much left to tell so we’re not stopping any time soon. Stay tuned!!

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  • Caro_PassportandaToothbrush

    Happy to read you again! Your blog is one of my all time favourites. I completely understand the return home and ‘real life’ taking over. It’s no easy task to come back home from a day at the office and get the motivation to spend an evening in front of the computer. I feel the same way! But then again, even if we’re not constantly on the road, the blog gets me back in that ‘travel mode’! I look forward to reading your African adventures!

  • Caro_PassportandaToothbrush

    Happy to read you again! Your blog is one of my all time favourites. I completely understand the return home and ‘real life’ taking over. It’s no easy task to come back home from a day at the office and get the motivation to spend an evening in front of the computer. I feel the same way! But then again, even if we’re not constantly on the road, the blog gets me back in that ‘travel mode’! I look forward to reading your African adventures!

  • http://www.goingplaceswithj.com/ goingplaceswithj

    I was born and raised in Kenya so I can’t wait to read all about your experiences in the country. Hope you have lot’s of fun!!!

  • http://www.goingplaceswithj.com/ goingplaceswithj

    I was born and raised in Kenya so I can’t wait to read all about your experiences in the country. Hope you have lot’s of fun!!!

  • Nina

    Looking forward to hearing about your African adventure and seeing the photos! Your blog has been not only a great resource but a great inspiration to my fiance and I. We frequently refer to your blog stories and photos when we’re planning trips. “GQ went there and did this…it looked awesome!” You’d think we were talking about close friends of ours. Have a great honeymoon!

  • Nina

    Looking forward to hearing about your African adventure and seeing the photos! Your blog has been not only a great resource but a great inspiration to my fiance and I. We frequently refer to your blog stories and photos when we’re planning trips. “GQ went there and did this…it looked awesome!” You’d think we were talking about close friends of ours. Have a great honeymoon!

  • http://www.kwstyle.com/ Ken Kai

    Congratulations on the wedding and I suppose things are going well for the honey moon!

  • http://www.kwstyle.com/ Ken Kai

    Congratulations on the wedding and I suppose things are going well for the honey moon!

  • http://www.loveantoinette.com/ Antoinette B.

    The good thing is that I follow you guys on Instagram so I still get an amazing preview of your recent honeymoon travels. That hotel in Zanzibar – amazeballs! I too have fallen off the blogging thang for quite some time now. It will always be in the back of my head, but life simply demands a lot more, and thats okay too. Enjoy the rest of your honeymoon!

  • http://www.loveantoinette.com/ Antoinette B.

    The good thing is that I follow you guys on Instagram so I still get an amazing preview of your recent honeymoon travels. That hotel in Zanzibar – amazeballs! I too have fallen off the blogging thang for quite some time now. It will always be in the back of my head, but life simply demands a lot more, and thats okay too. Enjoy the rest of your honeymoon!

  • Greg | Travel Blue Book

    Enjoy! Looking forward to hearing all about it!

  • Greg | Travel Blue Book

    Enjoy! Looking forward to hearing all about it!

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