So, now what?

“All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.” – Martin Buber

“A man practices the art of adventure when he breaks the chain of routine and renews his life through reading new books, travelling to new places, making new friends, taking up new hobbies, and adopting new viewpoints.” – Wilfred Peterson

“Certainly, travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.” – Miriam Beard

To consciously choose to instil changes that are “deep and permanent in the ideas of living” isn’t for the faint of heart.  It isn’t something we chose frivolously when we decided to take our family out of our comfortable routines for a journey around the world.  In fact, these profound changes were one of the main objectives we had in mind when we chose to make this trip.  We knew already before we left Canada that we would never again be the same especially because of the people, places, and experiences we chose to immerse our family in along the way.  We are different as individuals.  We are different as a family.

We will continue to ask ourselves, “So, now what?  How has and will this experience mould us?  What have we learned?  What will we do differently than we did before?  What will our next adventure be?”

We look forward to continuing the closeness we’ve developed as a family.  We look forward to the opportunities to talk with each other about the answers to these questions.  We also look forward to sharing the memories of this adventure with our family and friends.

So, now what?  We certainly have some ideas.  This is only one chapter in our journey.  We know that more adventures await…

Flying home

We left Ho Chi Minh City on Friday, January 19th at 1:55 a.m. local time on a 4 hour flight to Shanghai, China.  We landed at 6:55 a.m., Shanghai time and then had a 7 hour layover at Shanghai.

Our 11 hour flight to Vancouver left at 1:30 p.m. and arrived in Vancouver at 8:10 a.m.  Since we crossed the International Date Line, it meant we flew back in time.

These pictures show the screen (each seat has one) which shows that we’re approaching Canada.  Other pictures show our first glimpses of Canadian soil.  The first of those pictures is of Vancouver Island.  The last picture is of the British Columbia mainland.

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After a 13 hour layover in Vancouver (including a 2 hour flight delay), we took the 3 hour flight to Winnipeg, arriving at 2:30 a.m. local time.

So, we arrived in Winnipeg about 34 hours after we left Ho Chi Minh City and yet we did nearly all of the flying and layovers on Saturday, January 19th.

Although it has been a long day of flying, it’s been fun to get excited about seeing familiar Canadian icons such as Tim Hortons, snow and ice, and frost-nibbled faces.

Oh Canada, we’re home!