As our blog name suggests we love to walk and we spend many hours wandering together and chatting about anything and everything. A lot of our discussions revolve around places we’ve been, people that we have met, and the little adventures that we have experienced over the past three to four years. Quite often we drift into ‘deep and meaningful’ territory and chat about our lives and how we feel about them.
During one of these ‘deep and meaningful’ conversations Jo hit me with a fabulous expression that I just have not been able to shake and wanted to share. We were discussing how different and abnormal our nomadic life was when compared to the regular routine-like existence that we previously had and many people enjoy. As usual I need to stress that we’re not preaching that our life is better in any way, it’s just different.
However, although our lives are completely different we still have to do the same jobs and tasks that everyone else has to do. We may be living in different houses from week to week but we still need to shop, wash clothes, clean etc and we watch TV and go online in the same way that everyone else does.
So our lives contain so many ‘normal’ tasks and events yet they aren’t exactly ‘normal’ themselves. This where Jo hit the proverbial nail on the head when she described how we are;
Living ordinary days in an extraordinary life
I think it’s a perfect description. Our lives may be a complicated schedule of train journeys, housesits, helpx stays, flights, hotel bookings, visits to friends and family, and so much more but most of our days are fairly organised.
Each housesitting stay we have tends to be for a minimum of 10 days so whilst we are there, be it Devon or Ireland, we settle into a local routine much like anybody else. It’s just that our routines change completely every time we move on. The same with Helpx stays. Our working days and time off always falls into a local routine.
A good example, although a touch weird, would be that we have slept in close to 200 different beds since our little adventure started, that’s the extraordinary bit. A crazy amount in all sorts of far-flung places but we always have our two soft-toy-buddies on those beds (Rocky and Charlie Brown) and generally have the same bedtime routines such as cleaning our teeth and washing. That’s the ordinary part of course.
A lot of other travellers appear from their blogs to be forever jumping out of planes or feeding wild elephants but I’m fairly sure that these are just their highlights and that they also have normalish type days in between. I guess a lot of them are in their 20s as well so have a lot more energy. We have our highlights of course, which we absolutely love, but they don’t come along at hourly intervals.
So I just wanted to share this description with you and see what you thought. Just a short post but the phrase has really resonated with us. Perhaps we should get some t-shirts printed with it on? Personalised socks or mugs or even trendy baseball caps!
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