It's been two weeks since we started our adventure and the distraction provided by the novelty of our situation is slowly giving way to the question of our purpose in this strange land.
Robyn and I both assumed that our adventure would automatically launch us into an accelerated state of learning and personal growth. While the experience so far has been wonderful, I feel that it's going to take some work and internal exploration to take the trip to the next level.
What do we want? Why are we here? What can Southeast Asia provide that we don't have at home? Maybe it's the freedom from the distractions of our daily lives. Or the opposite, we've been thrown into a situation where everything is a distraction. Maybe this is an opportunity to quench the need for distractions.
I plan on exploring these questions in depth during the coming days. We'll be spending quite a bit of time on a boat floating down the Mekong River to Luang Prabang (maybe spelled wrong). There may be up to 70 of us on a fisherman-style boat with nothing but eachother and the backwaters of Laos to entertain us. I have a feeling that I won't be the only one on the boat asking these questions.
Please don't misinterpret this entry. I am having a wonderful time and am very grateful to be here. Everything comes and goes in waves, and the waves can be very big!