What to Do When You No Longer Recognize Home

Four in the World, Zanzibar, Tanzaniar

Three months back into our old lives and the trip feels like an eternity ago. There was no shortage of challenges during the course of our travels. But the hardest, hands-down, has been re-entry.

We returned to a home, which we now see, no longer quite resembles the home we remembered. A country we don’t quite recognize. So, as media narratives focus on walls and divisive vitriol, we’ve been willing ourselves to remember that there is something larger and greater out there. There are the people who touched us and whom–we hope–we touched; spectacular places we were fortunate enough to experience; the grinding on of daily lives so different from, and similar to, our own. And then there’s kindness. If there’s one thing we learned from this trip, it’s this: everywhere in the world there is kindness.

Nearly every day we feel restless, wanting to be moving again, to be back on the road. For now, in an effort to provide some closure on this chapter and to rekindle our own memories, we’ll be posting some lists from this trip. Highlights and lowlights. Mistakes made and lessons learned. From all four of us, during eight months around the world.

Some of Our Favorite Places in the World

(In no particular order)
  1. Jerusalem, Israel
  2. Bagan, Myanmar
  3. Chomrong, Nepal
  4. Paris, France
  5. Ella, Sri Lanka
  6. Delphi, Greece
  7. Inle Lake, Myanmar
  8. Luxor, Egypt
  9. Naxos, Greece
  10. Plum Village, France
  11. Athens, Greece
  12. Cairo, Egypt
  13. Varkala, India
  14. Zanzibar, Tanzania
Jamming with Members of the Hadzabe Hunter-Gatherer Tribe, Middle-of-Nowhere, Tanzania

Jamming with Members of the Hadzabe Hunter-Gatherer Tribe, Middle-of-Nowhere, Tanzania

Hunting with the Hadzabe, Hunter-Gatherer Tribe, Middle-of-Nowhere, Tanzania

Hunting with the Hadzabe, Hunter-Gatherer Tribe, Middle-of-Nowhere, Tanzania

Bow-Hunting and Baobabs, Hadzabe Reservation, Tanzania

Bow-Hunting and Baobabs, Hadzabe Reservation, Tanzania

Masai Guide Near Lake Manyara, Tanzania

Our Masai Guide Near Lake Manyara, Tanzania

Many more lists to come….

9 Comments on “What to Do When You No Longer Recognize Home

  1. Thank you – I will so gladly journey with you all as you recall kindness and beauty. A perfect escapism. I love knowing you 4 did this amazing thing together, individually, and we all benefit from the beauty and kindness you’ve returned to our lives. ❤️️

    • Excellent. Apologies in advance for the deluge of notifications you may be receiving with our Best Of lists in the coming days.

  2. I’m sorry for your loss. You discovered the world yet lost your homeland. Kindness will be the only way to get through it, even kindness to those who we disagree with the most.

  3. Glad your blog continues even after the trip is over. Best (and worst) of lists after you’ve had a chance to sit back and reflect are a fun topic. Would be great to share stories sometime soon.

    Yasmin (Jon Kalkstein’s wife)

  4. Home will never be the same. As we embark on our life journey ,our perspectives change with the different people we meet and the places we experience. We grow in our expectation of what it is to be human and what changes we need to become a better person and to make our planet a better place to live.

  5. This is just what I needed to read today, S. Keep ’em coming.

    • Will do our best, Joshua. Enjoy the trip and say “hi” to the Singaporeans for us. Come to think of it, one of the few things that might make me feel better just now is some piping hot roti canai and curry for breakfast–if you happen to have any extra, please send it our way….

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