After what was a rather miserable winter, April brought a storm of welcome news. Earlier last month, I was admitted to a doctoral program in my field where I will begin studying and teaching in the fall. With such a major alteration in career plans and living arrangements suddenly just around the corner, another summer adventure was in order, and so the great debate began. Where to go, and what to do?
Aside from the fact that we had no idea where our trip should take us, we also had another nagging concern. I’ve been struggling with a labral tear in my hip all winter long, and though I’ve experienced a huge amount of relief since my cortisone shot in March, we don’t have any guarantees that it will hold. As it stands, I still only feel about 70% on any given day. Some days are better than others, but I know I’m at risk to be back in crippling pain with no warning at all. At that point, surgical correction would be my only option. Despite all of that, I couldn’t bear to watch this opportunity to do what we love this summer fade away and so we decided to take a risk.
After weeks of deliberation, we booked flights to Athens, Greece departing May 18 and returning home from Helsinki, Finland in August, filling in the middle as we go. We’ll travel mostly by bicycle and probably quite a bit by train train as my hip injury and our whims dictate. Ben will be working as we travel and I’ll be freelancing as we go. Here’s to another summer on the road!