Noi6 means "the 6 of us" in Romanian.

We are five, you are the sixth one.

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Monday, October 18, 2021

10 Years Later

Ten years ago we left on our trip around the world. One week ago, our oldest daughter got married. The two events are somehow similar as they each capped a very intense two and a half year period of intense preparation, multiple questions, tremendous growth and some stress.  And similarly the major event is just the beginning of an extraordinary journey. For Maria and Derek it will be a whole life. For us, 10 year ago, it was for a short, defined time of fifteen months or less “however long we enjoy ourselves.” 


Every day, once or several times, we remember something from our trip, we refer to it somehow, we think of a place or a person or some lesson we learned. Without question it is the one unique, fantastic thing that we did and we still have not met anyone else who did something similar.  Our children, now adults, might not know exactly how this trip shaped their life and cannot compare with what would have been without it but can certainly give it some credit for what and where they are in their young adult life.

We still traveled, not as much and certainly not since the beginning of the pandemic. Still we can appreciate from our home how the world has changed in the past 10 years. We enjoy staying put and we long to travel and this contradiction is fine with us because we have this trip to remember. 

We never wrote a book and never made a film. We never watched the whole footage that we took, only bits and pieces. At times we reread some of our blogposts to refresh some details, sometimes we have to search for the exact name of a place. There are probably some pictures that we’ve not seen yet, so this anniversary is a good time to look back and go through some of those memories all over again.

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