Week 44 – “Home is wherever I’m with you”
With the family all back to their respective homes, and the wedding finished, it was finally time to relax and enjoy the being married bit. We didn’t spend a lot of time planning our wedding, in fact we spent about 6 weeks. I can’t imagine if I’d had 6 months or a year to plan, I feel like it would have been much harder. In the end it was perfect, for me it couldn’t have gone better. But we couldn’t go far afterwards as we had to wait for our wedding certificate (which had to be picked up in person) and wouldn’t be available for at least a week, so we just went back to the coast to putts about near the sea for a few days and relax.
And that’s literally what we did for the entire week. Woke up by the sea, did some admin, had some coffee, went to sleep by the sea. At the end of the week I shuttled into San Francisco and was able to score a copy of our wedding certificate, so we could carry on down the coast. We hit highway 1 and wound down the ocean side. Big Sur is breathtakingly beautiful. It’s considered one of the most beautiful drives in the world - it’s long, slow work in Milton, but we enjoyed the drive immensely. What happens now? We’re not sure. Our funds are pretty depleted so it’s probably time to take a break and do some work (well, I’ll work. Jonathan will tinker in Milton), so we’ll continue down the coast until we find somewhere willing to hire me and then go from there.
All of the time with family, and the actually getting married bit, has given us some time to reflect on our choices in life - namely our living in a van (down by the river). We’ve both made a lot of unorthodox choices in life, travelled a lot and been away from home for a long time, but that doesn’t mean our families fully understand our living in 80 square feet. And they certainly look at us with faces full of doubt when we say we plan on adding a child into that 80 square feet (at some point) rather than stopping, buying a house, and raising a kid the “normal” way. But the thing is, the real kicker for us, is we go to bed in our tiny space happy. We wake up in our tiny space happy. And we drive about in our tiny space happy. I reckon Jonathan and I have spent more time together in the last year than most couples get to spend with each other in 5 years, and if we have a kid, how lucky will they be to have both parents 24/7 - is that not the dream? Will we eventually stop? I’m sure, at some point. In fact, I’m confident we’ll find somewhere that fits for us, whether that’s in Argentina, or Namibia, or Thailand or Scotland. I couldn’t guess, but I don’t think it matters, all that matters is that we’re happy with our choices, and so far we certainly are.
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