Two years ago….
Barack Obama had been president for 2 months. There was a lot of snow on the ground over the prior weeks as we said goodbye to friends and family. You had never heard of Justin Bieber and Snookie was not someone you watched on TV.
On Friday, March 13, 2009, we set foot into Mexico with no itinerary and only a vague idea what we would do. The border was the busiest in the world and we nearly missed getting our passports stamped. We knew we were at the start of an adventure, but were really quite unsure as to what exactly it would be.
Over the ensuing weeks we survived a 7.1 earthquake and missed a coup d’etat in Honduras by 3 weeks. Local events, overtime, led way to bigger events like the earthquake in Haiti (and now Japan) and a near revolution in Iran. Sudan was one country when we were there, now it is two.
Two years ago it was time for us to begin making lots of decisions. Lebron had not yet made his. We made lots of mistakes, who doesn’t, and with time got better at the whole travel thing. Now we look back and realize how much we did and how little we actually even wrote about. I have 5 handwritten journals and 7 days a week I wrote more there than in any blog post.
For the next two years we’re going to re-live the last two. We aim to flashback to where we were two years ago about once per week and focus on what we remember now, what stood out in our mind. Looking back on our posts it is sometimes shocking to us to read about how we viewed an experience then as opposed to how we view it now. We’ve changed and so has our perspective.
Now it is time to retell our story.