Kamis, 14 Juni 2012

Back from Latvia

I"m back from the trip of a lifetime - I explored Latvia, saw my grandparents, indulged in countless cups of smooth coffee and flaky pastries, and walked cobblestone streets until I could no longer feel my feet.

It feels surreal to be back - these two worlds are so different that while I am in one, the other feels like a dream.  I miss my grandparents terribly - though I know my parents brought us here for a better life, and greater opportunities, the physical separation between our loved ones overseas leaves an open, gnawing wound in the soul.

I've always dreamed of living in Paris - but as I grow older (and dare I say wiser), I realize that I would never want to separate my {future} children from their grandparents. Although I have always been a wanderer at heart (and in reality, having lived in four countries before the age of 10), lately I have come to understand the value, indeed the necessity, of forming roots, of cultivating family relationships - and how lucky I am to have family, if only immediate, close by.

But don't get me wrong - this gypsy soul can't be stifled. My fiance promised me 6 months to 1 year in Paris, and I plan to keep him accountable! (And perhaps while we are there I"ll so happen to lose my passport, and we'll have to stay longer. Also...if I give birth in Paris, do I get citizenship as well? .....) What I'm saying is - I plan to fill my life with travel and adventure, but perhaps the most important part of it all is having a home to come back to, and all the people that fill it with warmth and love.

More Latvia posts coming up!

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