I am finally home after what was literally an entire day of traveling.
In Washington I was literally a zombie. A coffee from Starbucks
helped, but that last flight seemed longer than my two previous flights combined.
I immediately cheered up when I reached the Dayton International Airport and got to see my mother for the first time in nearly seven weeks. Originally I did not think that being gone only seven weeks would be a big deal. It really wasn't until the last week when I started thinking about coming home.
Europe was really a life-changing experience for me, but in the end I am glad to be home again. It's not that I missed the United States of America, but rather that I missed seeing friends and family. If I ever wanted to live in Europe, I would definitely have to bring my friends and family along for the ride.
That may be possible for the next trip. A few years from now my parents will be celebrating their 35th wedding anniversary, and they are already kicking around some ideas about a trip through Europe. (I would have to come along to be the translator and guide naturally.) I'm really excited that they are even considering it. I wouldn't have to worry about homesickness since I would essentially be traveling with the home.
Wow. It's late!
Although I am very tired, I have been looking through photos from the trip on my laptop for about the past three hours. Really I need to sleep, but I am just amazed by how great the photos look.
I ended up taking only 1,090 photos. The end total will be much smaller than this because many of the photos will be stitched together to create panoramic photos. There are also a few shots that came out a bit out of focus that won't make the final set.
It will probably take me a good week to get all of them edited and put up online. I am in the process of putting up a portfolio website that will include the cream of the photos. However, all the photos will be on my Picasa web album account.
Stay posted for an announcement on that sometime next week.
Labels: Home, Travel