I do recognize that my current world is much geographically smaller than it used to be. I don’t much travel for work at the moment. Living in New Zealand means every vacation destination is Really Far Away, and living in NZ during this pandemic means those destinations are Off Limits anyhow. And from August to last week, it was illegal to even leave town.
But just as Monet happily painted the cathedral a zillion times, and later in life the same lily pond even more, I find myself quite happy walking around the neighborhood — almost as if I were a visitor. There are still new things to see, and changes to things I’ve seen before.
We’re starting to imagine a big European trip in 2023… let’s see if that turns out to be possible. In the meantime, there’s plenty to enjoy right here.