So here I am, sitting on a plane headed for London. I've enjoyed spending time with family and friends over the past month in Canada, but the travel bug is calling and lately I've been anxious to hit the road again.
Of course I'm very upset that I'll miss what promises to be the "party of the century" in Calgary when the Calgary Flames win the Stanley Cup playoffs (of course they're going to win, but they'll still party like mad in Calgary even if the Flames don't win).
There are many things that I'm looking forward to on this trip. For those of you who don't know my history, I used to live in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, UK ... donkeys years ago (to quote a quaint Yorkshire phrase) ... so I'm looking forward to retracing my steps in places I haven't been to for 20 years.
One of the nicest things about traveling is meeting new people from the four corners of the world. On this trip I'll have the opportunity to see some of those people again, in their home country, and I'm looking forward to renewing friendships.
I'm also looking forward to seeing new places, learning new languages (I can only hope!), and developing new relationships with people in countries that are rich in culture, history and tradition.
So here I am, living out of a backpack again for the next four months, looking forward to seeing what's around the next corner. And so another adventure begins ...