Four weeks of traveling sound like a long time but they pass by faster than you think. It’s been a crazy ride that I will never forget. Even though I really wanted to go home, I felt a little sad when we took our bus to Boston’s airport and I had to say goodbye to my travel buddy, because we had different flights. This girl had to deal with me for four weeks and trust me, not everyone can handle it. I feel like I know her inside out and this adventure will always keep us connected. People thought we were sisters for a reason. Ok, one person actually thought I was her mother but I can’t remember being pregnant at 8. Seriously, go check your eyesight. When I had to wait for another 8 hours for my flight, my emotions were a roller coaster, as so often during those 13 month in the US. I was scared, happy, relieved and sad all at once and I wasn’t able to sit anymore. Literally. Sitting on the plane to Germany, sitting in the car on my ride home, sitting in general for another week hurt like crazy, but it was worth it.
Things can always go wrong but that’s life. If it’s nothing dramatic, just let it go because otherwise, you’ll ruin the rest of your trip. If you want to, you’ll have a great time, no matter what happens. It doesn’t matter if your phone drops into the toilet, ( yes, this actually happened to my girl, while I was in the stall next to her. When you hear “Oh shit,” you know something is wrong.) or if your suitcase breaks. It doesn’t matter if you can’t visit places for whatever reason, if it rains all the time, if you have swollen feet or loose all willpower and give in to fast food, 24/7. It doesn’t matter if you accidentally buy distilled water, even though it’s not really for drinking but you don’t want to drive somewhere again and drink it anyways, or if you feel uncomfortable. It doesn’t matter if you get pulled over by the cops, you almost run out of gas or can’t manage to get out of the ocean because you’re too clumsy to find the steps to climb the riff and reach the shore. It doesn’t matter if you look like a whale instead of a mermaid, you have to deal with annoying people, you feel exhausted, you end up broke, you have a shower that gives you hot water when you’re already done or if ants took over your stuff. I promise you that you will look back and laugh about every single one of these moments, because there were so many others that were wonderful.
Moments of uncontrollable laughter like when I scared the hell out of my partner in crime, all the time, by sneaking up on her in the craziest ways possible or by just accidentally twitching. When we just laid in bed, laughing about stupid boys or when our travel song “Uma Thurman” came on and we went nuts. When I had to explain to her how to order at Taco Bell or when we ate disgusting Jelly Beans, but had the time of our lives. When I ate more fast food in four weeks than I did in the 12 months before but absolutely loved it. Taco Bell, Panda Express, Burger King, Pizza Hut and everything you can find at your Seven Eleven, next door, or how I like to call it: Bae. I miss you. Right now, I would give a lot for some hot pockets, some Nacho Cheese Doritos and a huge Slurpee. When we saw wild dolphins or zipped over a waterfall in Hawaii. When I bought cute souvenirs to remind me of all the cool places I’ve visited and when we entered our first hotel room, feeling like queens. The most simple moments are what made this adventure the most special. I will treasure every single one of them forever and ever.
I loved writing this little travel series because it made me think about all the amazing things that happened and what a great time we had. Nobody can ever take this away from us. I hope you enjoyed reading these posts and if you have any questions about planning, the places or whatever comes to your mind, just ask me. I would be happy to help you out. Make sure to check out part one, two, three, four and five, as well.