I don’t think I’m a very good traveller, at least not in the long term. One thing I’ve struggled with during this voyage is being so far away from the people I love. I sometimes found it exhausting to put in so much energy making friends, only to say goodbye after a few short weeks knowing that I will probably never see those people again. Being surrounded by familiar faces is something that I completely took for granted before this voyage, and their absence is something I’ve never quite gotten used to.
As we approached the entrance to St Georges, Bermuda we noticed a couple of motor boats heading straight for us. As they got closer, we were thrilled to see that the occupants were our friends and family. People we had not seen in many months, and some we had not seen in almost four years! They had gotten up at some unsavoury hour on a Saturday to greet us and personally escort us in. Even the poor sleep-deprived soul working at Bermuda Radio (who we spoke to at the ungodly hour of 4am) knew who we were and gave us a fabulously warm welcome. It was truly wonderful to see everyone and I must admit, I may have shed the odd tear or two as we made our approach, which was followed by a whole bucket-load once we finally got to shore and I was able to hug everyone.
There has been a buzz of excitement around us since our return. I’ve been amazed at how interested and complimentary everyone has been about our adventures and I’m thrilled to have been an inspiration in some small way to so many people.
I was fully expecting to experience what is technically known as the forgotten holiday phenomenon. This is where you go off on some amazing holiday, but you return home to find that no one is interested in hearing about your exploits. It’s as though you never went away and you’re left feeling lost as to why no one wants to talk to you about your incredible adventures. After all, hiking over volcanoes and coming face to face with dragons is not something everyone can relate to. Well I’m delighted to say that, despite my trepidation, these expectations have been unfounded. Our voyage has been the main topic of conversation and everyone seems genuinely interested in what we’ve been doing. Either that, or Bermudians are just incredibly polite.
One question that keeps popping up time and again is: what next?
The answer: we’re not totally sure yet.
After spending the past few months contemplating all the possibilities we’ve both decided that Bermuda seems like a very good place to start. But before I attempt to carve a small space for myself on this little island, I’ve got a bit more travelling yet to do. I have many friends and family in various corners of the UK who I’ve not seen for at least three and a half years. So I’m very keen to go back and visit. While Alex stays in Bermuda and looks for work, I will (try to) find some freelance work as I travel the UK catching up with friends. This time tomorrow I’ll be back in my home country for the first time in years and to say I’m excited about it is a massive understatement.
As far as this blog is concerned… I may get the desire to write more in the future as I contemplate our voyage and reminisce over fond memories. If anyone has any specific questions or anything in particular they would like us to write about, just let us know. But one thing’s for sure, just because our circumnavigation is complete, doesn’t mean that our adventures are over!