“So, is your ‘encore life’ trip what you thought it would be?” is a question we have been asked. I do not know if it is exactly what I thought it would be, but it is what I hoped it would be.
–I had hoped for a trip that combined exciting and interesting things to see and do, with time to rest and reflect. If you are the sort of person who must pack it in every day while on vacation, then this kind of trip, where you park for a month at a time, might not work for you. I have loved having so many museums, parks, restaurants, historic buildings, cultural events, etc. within easy reach. I have also loved being able to sleep in or stay up late or take a nap when I wanted to do so.
–I had hoped for a trip that allowed me the flexibility to decide what to do on my schedule. Of course, if you buy tickets to an event you must schedule it or your day around it. If you have a rent car or airline or train ticket, you need to be on scheduled time. However, staying in one place did allow for many flex days. Or for days where you did what most tourists do but on your schedule. Like a bridge, I can walk over it and touch the statues or stop and lean on the railing and watch the river rush by. Like a church, sit and meditate after you have looked at the beauty of the building and art work or better yet, go to a service among the people. See the old gentleman approach the rail and kneel and fervently pray. Sit in thanksgiving when another gentleman comes to you while sitting and asks, “Do you like my church?” And then listen as he proudly gives you a history lesson and points out the stunning Madonna and Child painting from the 1200s that is the center piece of the altar.
–I had hoped for a trip where we could eat in or eat out–our choice, sort of like home, but in a unique setting. The apartment choice was a good one for us. Thankfully, the pictures online matched what we got. We have room to spread out, good sleeping quarters, efficient kitchens with all that is needed to cook in and we are well placed to historic sites and markets and transportation. It is home away from home.
–I had hoped for a trip where Kathy and I could have both quality and quantity time together. That has happened and we enjoy each other and our journey.
–I had hoped for a trip where folks could meet up with us if that worked out and it has for some and we have loved it. Experiencing a journey and adventure with others is a delightful thing to do. WEG