Lean back and let the crowd of people around you lift you up as their many hands support your body above their heads. They will pass you hand to hand around the room as you slowly let go of the fear of being dropped and exhilarate in the feeling of being completely supported. It is called Crowd Surfing and could be considered a Trust Exercise or a fun activity at a Heavy Metal concert. It felt like we were crowd surfing this summer as Michel and I were lifted up and supported in the warm embrace of friends and family who hosted us in Europe and the US. We felt welcome, pampered, and very lucky everywhere we went.
It has been three full months since our last post and trip to Portugal. Our time with the people we love was not a time to blog but rather a time to relax and take a vacation from “our vacation”.
We spent time with friends in and near Paris and made it to family and Lyon for Bastille day.
Michel and I travelled together to visit our friends in Corsica, the first time there for both of us. We spent 3 nights on a boat floating gently in the Mediterranean Sea; another dream fulfilled.
We had a grand adventure getting lost on our first day ashore as we drove though the mountains looking for the cabris (goat) and perfect cheese that would be served for dinner that night.
Michel and I parted for a while as I visited friends in Italy and travelled back to the United States to see my family.
While I was away Michel fell in love with the south of France again. Good friends, good food, and beautiful scenery.
But we both knew this summer would end as earlier this year we had purchased a round trip ticket from Bangkok to Paris. With regret, we parted from our friends and family. As the day for our flight drew closer we began to long for our beloved Southeast Asia and the unique people and life that we have found there.
We have arrived in Bangkok now. We have joined the bustling crowd that moves on the streets each day. As we walk we feel the heat of September and smell strong smells of street food or fish slow drying. We are slowly remembering the right Thai words to say and to take off our shoes before we enter a room.
And so our adventure in Asia begins again. We continue forward with smiles on our faces and light hearts bolstered by the memories of our summer of love.
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