Landing in Los Angeles
09.24.2009 - 10.07.2009
On September 24th, I landed back in Los Angeles, 385 days after I left. Pat, Eli and Gur picked me up just after 11:00pm. I was eager to grab a burrito and a beer and share some stories with the boys.
We swung by Venice to drop off my stuff. Eli grabbed my bags and led the way into the courtyard surrounding his two-story pad. I was pretty beat, a bit disheveled and rolling with the flow when 20 of my closest friends pranced upon me from their secret hiding place. Welcome back!
Stunned! Like a deer in headlights, I froze and my jaw dropped as everyone formed a hug-giving line. And to top it off, they were all wearing t-shirts with my face on it. “The day Izzy came back. I’m old. The world (check!).” The party began.
It was an overwhelming and truly appreciated feeling. After taking on much of my travels alone, to have such a welcoming of friends stay up late on a ‘school’ night to join in the excitement of a year around-the-world was rad. Who is luckier than I?
Two days later, I was back ‘on top of the world’. Actually we all were. The 8th annual trip to our butt-posing slab in the hills of Malibu Canyon took place yet again. This is where my trip had started some 99 blogs earlier, so it only felt right to have it end there as well. Nineteen homeys rocked it out one more time in true Bagavagabond fashion.
I have circumnavigated the globe, clocking in over 60,000 miles (enough to go around the equator 2+ times). I have seen many of the world’s biggest and best. I have been there and done that. I have checked many things off my life-long list. So what have I learned? Has the experience changed my life? Yes, yes it has. I am more optimistic than ever that we live in a safe, caring, sharing kind of world. We, as a people, are good, no matter our differences. Everyone strives for one simple truth, to be happy. Lets not complicate our lives with unneeded stresses and start appreciating the beauty of the bigger picture. I see things through different lenses now. Now I know it/us/we can work.
Thanks for following along. Thanks for being supportive. Thanks for the needed feedback and encouraging words. Thanks for letting me know you were thinking of me, rooting for me and praying for my safe return. It has been a trip for the ages, a dream come true and a testament of what you can do if you really want to. I am blessed in so many ways. I realize how lucky I have been. Now I want to share in those blessings and use them to help others. Starting tomorrow, I will be volunteering in Tepoztlan, Mexico – working with the Tashirat Kids. I am using this opportunity to help jump-start the next chapter in my life. So if you are not tired of reading about my traveling tales, keep posted – a whole new experience will be unfolding soon.