I thought I’d write a blog post on Monday when I arrived home after the flight back from Prague. Didn’t happen and the jet lag since has made focusing on a post impossible. Funny, when I was in my twenties and flying back and forth between the US and Asia, jet lag was never a problem. (And here I am writing at 5:00 a.m., having been awake for at least two hours.)
And it is not just the jet lag. Although we had many wonderful experiences on this vacation, it was also challenging in some ways, as I alluded to in an earlier post. As I thought about it, I realized that some of it is attributed to aging.
Twenty years ago, if Dave and I got lost trying to get from one place to another in Italy, we thought it was an adventure. (I still remember the dirt road to Trequanda that led nowhere.) We laughed and didn’t worry about where we were. This trip, getting lost was a cause of tension.
We never stay in chain-like hotels when we travel, always preferring small B&Bs in out of the way places. I now realize I’m at a point where when the temperature is 100 degrees, going down to barely 90 at night, I’d rather be in some place that is air-conditioned than sweat through the night being bitten by mosquitos (since most places lack screens).
I could go on and on with examples, but the point is that this trip made me acknowledge the (perhaps obvious) reality that you just can’t ignore the aging process. As we age, we change in how we react to things. Maybe the way we used to travel is not the way we can travel anymore.
That doesn’t mean I won’t do another Camino – I’m still figuring out when in 2016 I might do one. But it does mean I can’t assume that I’ll deal with everything as well as I did on the last one. And it means I may have to make some accommodations along the way.