The Power of Two

2 Mar

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I have to be honest here.  Two posts back I wrote about my amazing adventurous years of traveling and how I’m so glad I’ve done it and blah blah blah.  And that is true.  But, what I didn’t mention, is that solo travel kind of sucks.  It’s good in a way – I think it’s toughened me up and softened me and thickened my skin and rounded my edges and all of those things.  It’s made me fiercely dependent on God because what else can you do when you end up in a foreign country all alone?  And I’ve had some great times and met great people, but let me tell you something: my trip to Europe with my friend Allison and my trip to Israel with my sister Sarah were hands down my favorite travel experiences of my life.  They were infinitely more enjoyable, and maybe even more meaningful.  Why?  Because it’s always about the people.  And when I gazed on the Eiffel Tower for the first time as she lit up in the Parisian twilight, I had one of my best friends in the world next to me.  When I danced on a boat on the Sea of Galilee, my sister was right there, celebrating our heritage with me.

The crappy part about traveling alone is that, really, you only get half the experience.  It’s like light ice cream.  Yeah, it’s still cold and sweet and pretty good, but it’s not the same as a scoop of creamy gelato on a freshly made waffle cone.  Something about the texture is not quite right.  And you don’t remember light ice cream.  But I can still remember the Tiramisu gelato I ate in Florence three years ago.  When you travel alone, you come back and all of the glorious things you’ve seen, all of the people you’ve met, the sensations you’ve experienced…they sit hidden in your heart and burning a hole in it.  Everyone wants to see pictures when you get home, but after five shots they’re bored and want you to just jump back into the same stream of life everyone’s swimming in.  You must pack away your memories on a little shelf and be content to take them out again sometimes when you’re alone, admiring them a little before putting them back in their dusty corners.  But when you shared that experience with someone you love, with someone you still share life with, then the two of you can go into that little memory room every few months or years, and take out your favorites and hold them up to the light, exclaiming over their beauty just like you did when they were new.

So yes, I’m thankful for all my opportunities to travel, but I don’t want to travel alone anymore.  If you’re looking for a travel buddy, I’m your girl.  And if you are a single, handsome, intelligent, funny, God-loving man who is looking for a travel buddy, let me know.  Maybe we can work something out.

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4 Responses to “The Power of Two”

  1. Jocky March 2, 2009 at 2:36 pm #

    Hey, I like what you write. Not only the content, the things what, but also how you say them. It has something lyrically about it. it sounds good to read.

    Yes, it’s all about people. They make so much the difference. What I remember most of my trips are the people. The passion of prayer of the Romanians, the sadness in the eyes of the Thai who were victims of the Tsunami and how the mongolians worshipped!

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    • netanya March 4, 2009 at 9:49 am #

      Hey thanks for the encouragement, Jocky! It will be fun to meet you soon. 🙂
      Daniellie – Thank you! And yes, looking at YOUR life, I’m glad that God knew the desires of your heart more than you did! You are a blessed girl, for sure.

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  2. danielle stucky March 3, 2009 at 2:37 pm #

    wow, joy! that is exactly how i feel about life. i planned my whole life to travel life alone and live my adventures. I am so thankful to be traveling life with an amazing travel buddy. God did not design us to be loners but to connect with others.

    just how some have a desire to travel to certain places, how much fun is that really alone when you can travel somewhere and share the experience even if it isn’t your top pick destination?

    my life is so not turning out the way i planned and i can’t tell anyone how thankful i am that God knows what i truly desired. i had no clue what i really wanted until about 8 years ago and am so glad that God gives us our deepest desires when we trust Him. my life would’ve been very lonely had it panned out the way i planned.

    love reading everything you write, you truly have a gift.

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  3. Jocky March 5, 2009 at 9:43 pm #

    Soon and very soon 🙂 Yes!

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