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Saying Farewell To My Hometown.

I wrote this about a week and a half ago but have only just got round to posting... happy reading.

I’ve lived in York my whole life- 22 years- and it’s such a beautiful place to be: I could say so many amazing things about this place that I’ve called home. It’s picturesque with gorgeous trees lining the river which runs through the heart of the city; it’s small enough to be able to walk or cycle just about anywhere but big enough to have everything you need and there’s a great sense of community with very friendly locals. Most of my friends are here and York feels like the ‘hub’ for my family, the central point that we revolve around. In short I’m familiar with York- it’s safe and it’s comfortable.

Millennium Bridge: must have walked over 100s of times, if not more.

So, am I looking forward to driving away? Yes! Yes I am, because there’s one rather large ‘but’ that twists itself through my feelings of this beautiful place: it just doesn’t feel like home anymore. I’m ready to leave this city and, with it, this chapter of my life. I’m looking forward to driving through new countries and finding new places to feel familiar with. I’m looking forward to finding new places to be in awe with, new sights to see and new people to meet and connect with. I’m excited for the path ahead and for the experiences that will shape me en route.

While the primary goal of the time ahead of us is to travel, it feels less like we are ‘going travelling’ but more that we are simply having a change in our lifestyle. We are not giving up working entirely and we are not giving up spending time on our own creative pursuits in the way one might have to if they were living out of a backpack. Yes, we are not going to be working the usual 9am-5pm (regularly a 9am-9pm for me) or sitting behind a desk in an office and thank goodness for that; if we don’t get anything else out of this journey at least my back will thank me. I’m hoping to grow as a person through this journey: to experience new things and different cultures, to widen my perspective and to feed my creativity. For every driving day we’re hoping to compliment our trip with a day of doing- for me this will be working on my drawing and painting and, for Seb, it’ll be working on his writing and his many book ideas. We’re both looking forward to having the time to do this just as much as we are looking forward to seeing all of the new places we hope to visit.

Wouldn't be York without something Viking related.

With one week to go I’m excited (and a little apprehensive) to FINALLY hit the open road. We have zero plans in place after getting off of the ferry in Spain and that’s the way we like it. We have no set time constraints to abide by- nothing to be back for and nowhere to be. That’s not quite true- we have to be back in the UK for our MOT this time next year. However, I have a feeling that we won’t be back for long. After that who knows where we’ll be or what we’ll be doing? Not me! I’m excited to see what the future holds (maybe I’ll get better at blog writing?!) and where this journey will take us.

So thank you York for being my home fo the past 22 years, it’s been a blast but it’s time to move ‘onwards and upwards’.

Rowntrees Park, York.

Rose xo

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