Claudia and I have traveled a lot since we met. There’s a lot of space between our destinations, and often these periods of being in limbo are adventures in and of themselves. We’ve enjoyed multiple road trip across the country on our way to farms and homesteads. One major point of our thru-hike was to experience the space-between in an intimate way. We are considering getting bicycles to travel while in New Zealand to deepen our exploration. We have become good friends with distance.
Another aspect of the space between our travels is time. We’re currently mired in a multi-week timespan between our thru-hike/victory tour and our trip to New Zealand. Before we felt confident getting plane tickets to New Zealand, we needed to get visas. New Zealand has a great need for a young work force, as their own young adults travel abroad to more bustling populations like in Australia and Great Britain. As a result, they readily hand out one year working holiday visas to foreigners between 18 and 30 years old. Part of why we chose to go to New Zealand now is because I am 28 and still qualify for the visa. So we both applied and I got my visa literally two days later. Claudia was not as fortunate because she had been in Madagascar within the last five years, and consequently needed a chest x-ray examined by a radiologist for the sole purpose of ruling out tuberculosis. All our paperwork in order, we finally got plane tickets. To allow ample time for Claudia’s visa to go through, and for the sake of cheaper tickets, our flight doesn’t leave for two weeks.
Welcome to limbo. We have three weeks to live in Baltimore before we leave, and we are pretty much ready to go already. What now? Claudia?
“We have some chores to do, some errands to run. We have friends and family to visit and catch up with And there are other things we do for ourselves to ease the transition between adventures: eating good foods, taking pleasure in cooking and sharing meals, frequenting yoga classes and otherwise maintaining or improving our fitness, carving out downtime to read and journal.
Even though we are eager to fly to New Zealand, we have the opportunity now to focus on enjoying the present, taking advantage of our present situation, and move through this transition experience with ease. I am grateful for that. The six weeks between the conclusion of our thru-hike and the start of our New Zealand adventure are, in an unexpected way, a blessing.”