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The End...until next time!

(Sorry it took so long to "finish")

I really did intend to finish off this blog with some sort of final entry, but once we got back it seems like "real life" just washed over all of us. So today I decided to really think back on the trip and come up with some conclusions. When we decided to come home after only seven months of travel I truly felt defeated and could not stop thinking of it as a failure. But now I see it as "Seven Whole Months of Travel" and I have come to the realization that it wasn't a failure at all. I am extraordinarily proud of what we did and even though I may have waffled a bit at first when people asked, "Was it worth it?" I have no hesitiation now when I say, "Absolutely!" Personally I actually feel different, as if all that cultural exposure actually did change me in a few ways. And when my wonderful daughter, who is about to turn 13, says that there is nothing she wants for her upcoming birthday because she feels "totally and completely happy with everything in her life" I have to believe that seeing the world has had an effect on her too.

Everyone has asked us, "What was your favorite place?" And I really did think that the final entry would be a list of favorites from each of us. That would have been pretty easy to do (Nicest people: Turkey, Most beautiful: Thailand, Favorite food...etc.), but since we have been home I think our reflections are actually a little more complicated than that. The place we talk about the most, by far, is India. It clearly made the biggest impression on all of us and is the source of most of our travel stories. Not one of us would have put anything about our three weeks there on a list of favorites! But looking back, I am so thankful that we went there and took on the challenge of really travelling in that most bizarre and foreign place. In retrospect, Europe was nice...but India was intense! Of course we loved Thailand, but to be honest Thailand is so easy you really can't brag about surviving three weeks or even three months in Thailand...it's paradise after all.

There is something very different about long term travel and I can't wait to do more. Of course it's a different perspective from your regular life at home, and it is also a very different perspective from a one-week vacation or an organized tour. We loved it and even though we came home broke and essentially homeless (at least until we can get back into our house in July!) it was the most valuable experience of our lives and worth every sacrifice.

See you right back here on this site just as soon as I can figure out a way to take off for South America!

Posted by Pelham Family 19:53 Archived in USA

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Beautifully said and done! I have seen a change in Baylie since your return as well. She's an amazing person and you should write a book on parenting. This excursion will always be a turning point in her life....and yours, I'm sure. I'm so proud that you took the chance. I'm so proud of you.

Yes, I'm glad you're home, safe and sound. I loved being "along for the ride" in a way. What fun we all had! I'm looking forward to "our" South American adventure! Thank you Pelhams! oxoxo

by MOM

ditto to what your mom said! and cheers to your safe return.

by Kim

Ditto to the aboves as well. Glad to be back to our dinners though and have become keenly aware of our conversations about your first 5 minutes in the Magic Kingdom...lol ...you are SO RIGHT!!!!

by Laura

We are so envious of your experience! Your family is LIVING life, not waiting to live, or dreaming about living, like many of us do. I'm convinced Kellen did so well in 7th grade history, because you guys traveled to all of the locations he was learning about....so next year, I'll need you to go back to Egypt and then hit Africa so Kaley can pull up that social studies grade:-/

by Kathy

Personally, I think it was so smart to let some time pass before signing off. Good call! I truely think your perspective is much more clear. Loved following along, Pelhams. And I agree, Leslie....your 7 month adventure shows all of your accomplishments..YOU DID IT AND SHOULD BE SO PROUD! You're all three studs. I'm 55 years old and you are the only people I know, that have set out on this kind of an adventure. And you SUCCEEDED! Maybe we'll run into you guys at a family party and then I can tell you, in person, how cool I think you are. Sincerely yours, cindy geyer..Scott's sis in law.

by cindy geyer

Being along for the ride makes me want to be in the drivers seat soon. Shawn look great when he stop by the office. Glad you are all home. Stop by some time.

by Jody

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