Friday, 21 August 2009

A sign of nervous excitement... empty packet of peanut m & m's. I can't resist!

Traveller has been waiting for today for quite some time.

Some days T wakes up and can't even believe that she is closer to her 30's than her 20's. Quite a bit closer. So many experiences have been had, but she really doesn't feel a day older than when she was eighteen. T can't comprehend that a whole decade has passed since she was an exchange student in beautiful Gold Beach, Oregon.

Today, one of her exchange families is coming to stay with her and hubs in London. Oh, the butterflies are starting! They arrive in four hours, and T can't help wondering and remembering about all that has happened in the past 10 years. There has been a university degree, an engagement, a wedding, the meeting of a best friend, four years of teaching, a first house, a move to London, lots of travelling and so many more beautiful and wonderful milestones.

How do you catch up on all of that in less than a week?!

T's family that are visiting were her third and final family in her exchange year. They are Mom & Dad Stuart.

Traveller's last visual memory of them is tear-stained - having cried for the last hour with them, and then the next eight hours on her flight from coos bay to Portland, and then Portland to San Francisco. {Australia seems a very long way away from America to an 18-year-old.}

T can't wait to meet with them again, and for them to meet husband.

He's a little nervous, too.


julia said...

Aww...sounds like it was high time for a reunion. Hope you have a great time catching up!

Mademoiselle Frou-Frou said...

it is interesting how time flies! these past 10 years have just zoomed by for me!

The Gourmet Traveller said...

Oh thanks, ladies! The catch up was needed and wonderful..and I can't believe it's over already!


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