Travelmates for Life
June has been a fun month!
S and I went on a week-long adventure with our siblings, SherBert, to Ireland and London. It was a short eight days, but we lived it up. Mostly, we ate more than we could and talked to a bunch of random travelers and locals. I've never met a more friendly group of locals quite like the Irish. Apart from a dicey experience with one of the hotel managers, everyone was so welcoming and helpful. Whether at the local pubs or on our tours, they always made us feel right at home.
They don't tell you this at the altar but there is a level of change and compromise that you have to make in your travel style when you welcome in a spouse. This was S and I's first international trip (and our first group trip abroad), and I learned quite a lot about myself.
One of those was learning to accommodate both our interests and appreciate the time we had abroad. Not going to lie, it was hard but we definitely made great memories abroad. I loved that he accompanied me on photo walks and I equally loved having food adventures with him (and SherBert).
There is level of oneness you form as a couple when you travel together.
He tells me when I have a booger in my nose and I tell him when there's rice stuck in his beard. We have also had to learn when to give each other space and when to step up and make tough decisions (like Bangers and Mash vs. Fish and Chips).
But, what I loved the most about my first overseas travel with S is that I want to do it again. Maybe Ireland or somewhere new, but as long as he's around I am free to eat to my heart's content and take a bunch of unwarranted selfies without feeling totally selfish.
On that note, I've planned out a series of travel posts from Ireland and London in memory of all good things Anthony Bourdain. Our journey began with the news of his passing. He was one of my first and favorite travel icons and touched so much of this planet with his wonderful narratives and explorations. Here's to honoring the joy of travel, food, culture and life which he clearly passed onto the world.