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Day 159: Home, sweet home

September 20th, 2011

Home is where I lay my head to sleep. Where I am comfortable enough to sleep. Where I trust my surroundings and the people around me. Where I can rest and look forward to the next day with renewed interest. I have been so fortunate to have been at home every day of my travels. I am now back in Los Angeles but it doesn’t feel like I ever really left. I went to sleep one day and woke up 159 days later a renewed person, re-centered, ready to look forward to learning something new and doing something useful.

Actually, flying back over Canada and the United States, I had a vision of myself 19 years ago, when I was coming to the U.S. for the first time for college. I had happily left everything I knew and the people I loved to go alone into a future that was completely unsure. And I was excited, as I am now. Not everyone finds the opportunity to start over again in their lifetime. To take a second chance at shaping their life and to be able to make as much or as little of their past life. To not have anyone else to take care of, no debts, and no emotional baggage. I’m coming back to the U.S. with only more experience and the feeling that everything lies before me. I think my journey is only starting.

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  1. Lets5
    September 23rd, 2011 at 07:36 | #1

    OKAERINASAI! Welcome back, Sandy! I’m looking forward to seeing you at every taiko practice and more occasion. And I want to know what your next challenge is.

  2. DSM8
    September 23rd, 2011 at 17:09 | #2

    Welcome back, maybe you will ride with me to Alaska next year since you already went across one continent, why not one more?

    = )

    Look forward to catching up with you.

  3. from SD
    September 24th, 2011 at 10:11 | #3

    Welcome back!
    Congratulations on completing your trip and starting your new life.
    You just opened a new phase of your life and you may see a light in your path.
    Thank you very much for the opportunity to know about the world through your pictures and blogs. It was quite an experience for me.
    Please take enough rest and I will talk to you soon.

  4. Vicki
    September 25th, 2011 at 15:58 | #4

    Hey, Sandy! Look forward to seeing you!

  5. September 26th, 2011 at 01:45 | #5

    Yeay! back!

  6. September 30th, 2011 at 23:48 | #6


    You pop into my head now and again, and I always wonder how you are. I was just cleaning out 1500 emails and I bumped into the initial one you sent about your trip. Somehow I missed it when it came in and I just now got to sit and read a bit about your amazing adventure!

    So I have questions….
    How did you afford such a trip? How did you make all the arrangements? Did you know people everywhere? Did you have a trip planner?

    But most importantly, how is it unfolding in your consciousness now that you’re back? THAT’s the story I most want to hear… the work that the trip is doing in your mind and soul now that your body is back in LA…

    So I hope you’ll keep writing about your trip in this blog, because even though the trip itself is complete, I imagine it will inform everything you do now…

    So much love to you and if you ever come to Oregon, you have a home here with me in Eugene!

  7. Jan
    October 7th, 2011 at 02:38 | #7

    so proud of you my dear! welcome back.

  8. Ben (Behshad
    October 11th, 2011 at 00:10 | #8

    Wowww … great … so need 5 month to read your travel story .. I like it …
    Take care ,

  9. Juhi
    November 12th, 2011 at 20:12 | #9

    Sandy!!! Been thinking about you a while – glad you’re back safe and in one piece having travelled (!) all over the place! Give me a call – I need to buy you many beers and hear all about you trip.
    Hugs from me and Nic

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