Everything Takes Longer in Texas

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Texas is a big state. We’ll have been in it since… Oh, it feels like forever. I think we got to Dallas on the 16th.

For those of you keeping score at home, that’s 15 days in total by the time we leave tomorrow.

Oklahoma feels like an age ago.

Did time slow down when we got here? I think it did.

Yet somehow, I feel as though we’ve not had a chance to do anything intentional the whole time. It’s not a bad thing – in fact, it’s really fun… but it doesn’t bode well for getting work done, or blogging, or keeping in touch with everyone back home.

It’s been crazy.

I have stories to share from San Antonio and Austin, but let’s talk about right now for a minute. By the day after tomorrow, we’ll have slept on a different couch 4 nights in a row.

Night before last, we stayed with Kati’s friend in Houston. (Kati was our super awesome host in Austin.) Thanks Sanjay! We appreciate you letting us stay even though you were busy.

This last night we spent the night after meeting her other friend James for about a second before he headed out for the night. Thanks James – we know you felt a bit hesitant about the whole thing, but we’re going to leave everything nice.

And a huge thanks to Kati for letting us borrow her Houston friends after she found out no one was getting back to us in Houston from CouchSurfing.

— Right now, if you’ll give me a moment, I’m going to wake up Rachel and we’re going to clean up all our stuff and find the nearest awesome coffee shop because if I don’t have coffee soon… I don’t want to talk about what might happen.

(No really, I’m actually doing that, I’m not just writing it for the effect. BRB.)

…and we’re back. Now we’re sitting at Antidote Coffee, sippin’ on double mocha lattes and working on all of the things.

Let’s not talk about last night.

If you haven’t noticed, today is kind of a journal it all out day, not a real update on all the epic things we’ve been up to.

I need to talk about how I feel.

I can’t believe I’m halfway across the states.

I can’t believe I can’t just drive a 20 minute drive back home.

I can’t believe that a really great family friend passed away and I’m not there to hug everybody.

I can’t believe that I’m learning what travel is really like and what it’s all about.

Travel isn’t just about doing a bunch of fun things for the sake of fun things. I mean, partially, yes. But that’s not what makes it worth it.

Traveling has been eye opening to me. Instead of relying on everything I’ve heard¬†about Texas, or Oklahoma, or Utah, or anywhere… now I’ve been there. I’ve seen it from someone else’s eyes.

Beyond that, I’ve just seen… you know, the world itself through others eyes. I’ve gotten to talk to other people about themselves and their lives, and what they deal with every day.

I’ve learned about so many things I’d forgotten I’d cared about… or that I had never heard of before. I’ve gotten better at learning about people. I’ve gotten better at understanding Australian accents. I’ve gotten better at existing outside of my own head.

…and we’re just getting started. I can’t even imagine how much my eyes will be opened as we continue our journey farther and farther away from home.

Anyways, I just needed to get that all off my chest.

Over and out.



One Response to Everything Takes Longer in Texas

  1. Adele Buffington says:

    I’m sorry you can’t be here right now, either. :( But I am sending you lots of hugs. And I’m glad you’re doing well. I love hearing your updates. You each have interesting perspectives on your journey and every time I get an update I smile because I really am enjoying being a part of this. Plus, you’re both funny so I get a kick out of that, too! You girls crack me up! I expect a book after this is all done!
    <3 to you! Miss Adele :)