I realize, that I am one of the lucky ones, being able to travel for vacations.
For this, I am grateful, because I know there are so many people who cannot do this.
We are back from Montreal and had a beautiful time exploring this city.
I was thinking about why people take vacations.
Mr. UT and I have taken vacations to relax, and also to explore new cities and countries.
Now, traveling is stressful.
When we take relaxing vacations we go back to places we have been, so the stress is less.
I find that the most meaningful memories are made when we push our boundaries a little bit.
It's the times we look back and say, oh wow, we finally figured out how to look for drug stores in another country. Or when we figure out how to get to an art gallery, walking with only a map, because we have no wifi.
Little things, and yet they show us we can learn.
Who goes on a vacation to drink?
I know when I was drinking, I would start in the airport, then have one on the plane, and one when we got to our hotel, more for dinner, and so on.
I usually did not get drunk on vacations, but I did drink a lot.
I would always have to take naps because I'd be so tired from all the drinking, and then I'd get headaches.
But after having been on many sober vacations, I have changed my approach to vacationing, and I have learned to broaden my definition of what is relaxing or enjoyable.
I find being active in a city is so much fun.
We walked miles in Montreal.
It was a treat to rent bikes and ride 30 kilometers, along a canal to see sculptures in a park.
We walked to museums, walked to dinner every night, and saw Cirque du Soleil.
We met a friend and her boyfriend and shared a meal at their house.
The color and brightness came from flags in the city, the circus, meeting people, the colorful rental bikes, the art work, the animals we met, and food we ate. It came from the horses hoofs on the cobblestone streets, the wind while riding our bikes, the lights at night.
There is so much more than drinking if I just allow myself to see it.
And this trip, definitely was the best sober one yet, perhaps because more time has passed, and I am stronger. Or perhaps because I had so much fun exploring, especially with Mr. UT by my side.
With a Deep Appreciation of All That I Have,
On Day 1,025,