The end or a new beginning?


“I’m really sad.”

“Me too. But somehow I think being sad right now is a good thing.”

Marina looks at me through teary eyes with puzzlement.

“It simply means we had a fantastic time during the past 3 months, right up until the very end. We left on a good note.”

Marina goes back to nibbling at her muffin as she considers my suggestion.

“Think about the alternative: if we were now sitting here discussing how relieved we were to head back to Canada, it would imply that we prefer stability and comfort to the uncertainty of adventure.”

I finish off the last of my yogurt with granola, as we sit together in a silent and empty Starbucks in the Miami airport, waiting for our connecting flight to Toronto.

It is approximately 6:00am.

We had just gotten off our mostly sleepless red-eye flight from Rio, and we’re both a bit knackered.

This may explain why we’re getting a bit emotional.

Alternatively, it may simply be that we really didn’t want this adventure to end.

I would be lying to myself if I didn’t admit that had money not been an issue, I would have easily stayed in Rio for much longer, if not permanently.

On the other hand, over the past week, while we were enjoying ourselves lounging on the beach, it struck me that I had gotten out of this “life detour” exactly what I needed: perspective.

The clarity I was desperately missing back in April I have more or less achieved (for the time being).

It is certainly sad to put an end to what I consider to be the best 3 months of my life.

However, rather than an end, I see this adventure as merely the beginning of the next chapter of our lives.

Let the fun begin…


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  1. Hi Peter!
    I have been following your travels and have really enjoyed reading your updates! I'm so happy to hear that you got some much deserved down time to relax and reflect. Best of luck with your job hunt and return to the "real world"! Hopefully I will get to see you, Trav, and Daun (and meet Marina) in the near future!

    Linds :)

  2. Hi Lindsay! Great to hear from you! Thanks very much for the kind words. I'd love for all of us to get together – I have yet to meet your other half as well. Will you be coming to Ontario any time soon? (I am assuming you're still out West)

  3. Hi Peter!
    I'm a health prefessional in Portland, Oregon and I've been following your blog for about a year. I wanted to let you know I really have enjoyed reading about your travels– it's been absolutely inspiring!
    Safe travels home,

  4. Chanced on this blog while doing a google search on fellow PhD people who have taken the opportunity to travel. Totally inspirational! Hope all's well with two of you :)


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  6. Hi Peter,
    I’ve been following your blog not for a long time, but the way you life is just fabulous:)
    I wanted to tell you that the life you’re living is probably the best life you could ever have.
    I want to live just like you since I can remember and fortunately my boyfriend too, so I’m really looking forward to finish the first year of Uni and maybe then move and finish it somewhere else :) I wish you two have as many unforgettable travels and adventures as you can have, good luck:)

    • Hi Lukrecja,

      Thanks so much for stopping by and for the encouraging words. It’s wonderful to hear you also plan on following your passion – and getting an early start on it too! While I certainly feel like we’ve been making up for lost time over the past few years, if I could go back to my early 20’s I would have done things a bit differently. I’m glad to hear you’ve realized this early on and I wish you the best of luck on your journey.

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