We are currently waiting to board our flight from Los Angeles to Roma, via London (only for an hour, at Heathrow). Our house sale is finalised (two hours ago), we are moved out, and as of this evening a new family lives and loves there. Our bikes have been (hopefully) loaded onto the plane, and we are as ready as we will be.
Today Jane and I finished the last-minute packing, last-minute errands and last-minute good-byes. Then we were standing in an empty house – an empty house that we have loved absolutely – and we both started to cry. We are both nervous and anxious about what the next week, six months, year, and beyond will bring us. We don’t know when we will see our incredible LA gang again, but we know we will.
This is a very bittersweet moment. While I am incredibly excited for the adventures that await us, I am also unbelievably sad to be leaving behind an incredible city and a phenomenal group of friends. I know we are doing the right thing but it is still difficult.
I am so used to being in the yoga studio every day, teaching and practicing with an absolutely astounding group of people. I am so used to the sunshine. I am so used to Mexican food whenever I want it. I am so used to great local beers (thank you Eagle Rock Brewing & Golden Road!). I am so used to vegan food from amazing restaurants (thank you Sage, Flore, Mohawk Bend and RIP Seed Bistro).
What lies ahead for us is the great unknown. This is daunting and also extremely exciting. We literally do not know where we will go on Friday once we leave Roma – except we are heading towards the west coast on Saturday to Orbetello to meet up with our friends Alex and Luci and their families who are driving down from Torino to spend Easter weekend with us. This will make the transition to travelling bike adventurers a bit easier. We have made very few concrete plans for our trip. I teach yoga Wednesday evening in Roma, at Spatzio Vitale, we head towards Orbetello for Saturday and our next date in the diary is meeting up with my parents in Kraków in June. What will happen between now and then is really anyone’s guess.
And so begins our journey… ♥
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Hi, I’m Stephen. I travel the world leading Adventure Yoga workshops and trainings. Plus I run My Five Acres with Jane. I’ve taught yoga in 25 countries and we’ve had adventures in more than 50! My goal is to empower you to decide who you want to be and what you want from life — and to help you cultivate the courage you need to to go get it.