He Said/She Said: 100 Days In

He Said/She Said: 100 Days In

HE SAID…

In the past 100 days, we’ve been together continuously for all but a few hours at a time.  The longest period apart was when LOCAVORista spent a day in a Chiang Mai cooking class.  I used that day to catch up on CSI and treated myself to a big breakfast, twice.  It was a good day by myself, but the times together have been much more fun, except for getting to eat 6 eggs in a day, which is something the wife frowns upon…

The past 100 days have provided us with innumerable experiences and a lifetime of memories.  Looking back the time has moved ploddingly swift.  We are amazed by both the time flying by and the protracted days.  As our heads hit the pillows we are regularly shocked to recount our day, “we were in _____ yesterday!?!” or, “that was this morning!?!”  Our days are often packed with so much movement that we lose sense of time.  Vietnam feels like years ago.  At the same time, time has moved quickly, when we booked our flights to Myanmar and China it seemed so far away, now we are staring down the barrel of a deadline to end the first part of our trip.

While clock time has felt amiss, our time together is what counts.  Unlike couples at home with external distractions, our trip is allowing us to focus on exploring the world and each other.  Our days are spent in a vacuum together, deciding what do we each want to do?  How can we make sure the other gets what they want?  There are constant negotiations and adjustments, based on each other, not extraneous influences.  Even though we’ve been together almost eight years, I’ve learned the most about LOCAVORista in the last 100 days than the year’s prior, because we’ve been given the gift of time together.

SHE SAID…

Thus far the trip has far exceeded my expectations as we have seen and done so much without any major setbacks, knock on wood.  Blogging has been fun and not once has it felt like a chore.  We are getting along famously considering that we have only spent a few hours away from each other since the end of December.  We have for the most part maintained our budget, and life on the road seems to suit us very well.  That being said we have been in South East Asia where backpacking is as easy as it gets other than Europe and there aren’t many things to cause arguments.  Food, accommodation and sights are relatively cheap and the trail is well trodden making it easy to get information and meet new friends, which means little stress on us or our relationship.  In just a few weeks time we head to Myanmar and then China, which will start an entirely new chapter of our journey, one that will be a bit more challenging to say the least.

We’re ready for the challenge!  When we started this trip, neither of us had backpacked long term since 2003 and neither of us had backpacked long-term with each other.  After seven years of Western comforts, delicious organic food, a real bed in a temperature regulated quiet apartment that was all our own, I have to admit taking to the road made me a little nervous, specifically what toll it might take on our relationship.  I wouldn’t trade it for anything.  In fact I have been surprised by how little I miss home, it almost makes me feel a little guilty.

However, the biggest comfort of home I brought with me on the road and that’s my husband.  thinkCHUA has been the ultimate travel partner and together we have become the dynamic duo.  While we gave up a lot to take this trip and took what some might argue is a big relationship risk in spending every waking moment together nothing has ever felt so right.  We are extremely lucky to be able to learn about the world and each other every day on this trip.  I have already learned new things about thinkCHUA that I know I wouldn’t have in our previous life.  Seeing thinkCHUA in a new light, working through problems together and laughing when we get it wrong has been the highlight of the trip thus far.  I hope that in another 100 days I still feel the same.

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Comments

» Mom A :
Apr 21, 2011

Yes, although there will be different places, different cultures, different temporary roadblocks, you have set your very own culture. I think your next 100 days will be terrific for the Dynamic duo! Particular because you said a key word – LAUGH and you laugh together! You’ll have to think about how those of who want to join you for a little bit can do so without upsetting the apple cart!

» Andrew Johnson :
Apr 21, 2011

Though you surely miss the snow we experienced today, right?

I can’t believe it has been only 100 days since you left. It feels like half a year at the very least.

» dad :
Apr 26, 2011

what fun to read this……for once in my life, i really did not have an opinion on how your travels would work out and actually the trip itself as well…….too big for me to get my head around, still is……you have become a unique “travelling, dynamic duo” that i dare say few could pull off/accomplish and or aspire to for that matter……parenting remains a unique “profession”as well, that brings so many joys, highs, some lows, but always saying were glad we chose it!!!!……..keep on treking…..be safe…..peace……love dad

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