As I sit and watch the great cascade of Victoria Falls tumbling over the rocks and creating giant clouds of mist which come raining down on me, I take a moment to think about my journey on the Odyssey and how my life has changed over the last six months. It is bittersweet for me to sit here in this amazingly beautiful place so far from home and think about this great journey, because I know that very soon I will be getting on a plane and returning home. After months of being sick and in pain from my arthritis I have decided that it is time for me to fly.
Travelling around the world isn't always as glamorous as it seems. You get to deal with mosquito's, weird bugs, funky illnesses, and lack of sleep. And quite frankly, I am pooped! I suppose the Odyssey might look like a piece of cake to some, but sometimes it has seemed like a stream of bus rides and internet cafes. In half a year, I have been in 16 countries and spent more than 500 hours on buses. After awhile, it takes its toll! My heart really, really wants to continue to Mali, Egypt, Israel, Iran, Turkey, India and China, but my body just isn't going to make it.
As much as I will miss my travels, there are few things I am looking forward to about returning home. Mainly lots of long naps. I think right now I could sleep for a month, no problem. I miss my cat and my sunny apartment and of course my friends and my family. Things have changed since I left, my roommate is getting married, and the girl I was most looking forward to seeing, well let's just say she has moved on. I am certainly not looking forward to going back to some regular job, since I have had the best job on earth. It seems now just about anything else will be so boring. But, whatever I decide to do I will bring with me a whole new portfolio of experience and wisdom.
My portfolio includes many images of beauty, smiles and joy. Well, here I am taking one last look at my surroundings. The waterfall never seems to cease. Water from central Africa trickles into streams which flow into tributaries that merge and form the great Zambeze River. It tumbles and sprays over the rocks, and has a reddish tint from the African soil that it carries with it. It divides nations and cuts huge canyons into the earth and then pours into the Indian Ocean. I sit and watch this for a minute lost in the dreamy spray, I have never seen anything quite like Victoria Falls. How many times on this adventure have I sat in front of something new and marvelous? Yes, the Odyssey has had it's share of obstacles and sacrifices, but as I watch the water tumbling past on it's long journey and the shadows growing behind the fiery African sunset I know the hardest part will be saying goodbye.
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