Good Friends

Traveling solo can get lonely. Even if I am* keeping busy with viewing cathedrals, finding geocaches, eating the local cuisine, etc., there are hours of downtime to pass. When waiting for the bus, winding down time in the hotel/hostel*, or even strolling through some historic something or another, I have only my own thoughts. On the one hand, this can be a good thing: I am in charge of my own schedule, I don't have to take the minor criticisms that even the best friends can offer, and I have time to work out thoughts, unhampered by interruptions. On the other, it can get lonely. With no one to distract me from my own thoughts, I can sometimes get overly drawn in. Plus, who is going to offer those little criticisms that are good, like that I've got lettuce in my teeth. All this is to say that traveling solo can get old.

Enter friends. Sometimes I meet folk along my travels that allow a respite from the solo traveling thing. Maybe it is just someone to sit next to on the train or maybe I will pass many days together. Other times, I have friends along the way where part of the goal of the trip is to visit them. I've been lucky in having both.

Passing time here at the Richards' household has been great. They've taken me into their home, fed me, and entertained me*. I couldn't be more thankful to have had this time to catch up with old friends and be openly welcomed into their life. Good friends are good things. Anyway, keep your eye towards IHJ for pictures of the time*. (I often neglected to bring a camera or slacked on taking shots, but luckily Jenn had my back.) The pictures (and maybe even video) of the slide are not to be missed.
Wednesday April 2 2008File under: travel, USA

Toggle Comments (4)comment?
on Wed 02nd Apr, 2008 04:15 pm PDT dave said:
loneliness is for the weak.
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on Thu 03rd Apr, 2008 10:49 am PDT mandy said:
yes, you think more than the average bear, yogi, i can't imagine the hijinx your head must play without distraction...
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on Thu 03rd Apr, 2008 11:46 am PDT Jenn said:
Aw, shucks Wren, we like you too.
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on Sat 05th Apr, 2008 01:24 pm PDT Amiel Martin said:
sounds like you almost miss riding in Islando's bus with 12 hippies, awww me too
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