After several complaints from our blog fans that the story stopped abruptly, I am taking the time on a rainy afternoon to update.
Our flight back to the states was uneventful. I can verify that the Lisbon Airport is quite a shopping mecca. Once back in Newark, we picked up our bags and walked them about 20 feet to another check-in point. Then went through customs with plenty of time to spare. We got into Houston early and took a cab (sorry, Uber!) to Robert’s house. I managed to drive a little over halfway home before going cross-eyed. E was totally wired and anxious to get home. I crashed immediately. It took E a few days to get some sleep.
Two days ago, we had been back for a month. That was the day that the chiropractor was finally able to complete an adjustment on my back and neck. Today was the first day that my feet were not painfully stiff in the morning. Epsom salts work wonders. I started a nutritional cleanse in early May that I hope will alleviate much of the imbalance from the trip. I went back to work early this month but very slowly.
It feels quite strange to drive again after relying on taxis, buses, and trains for a month. It feels odd to hold cash that is so colorless compared to Euros. I am glad to be back in my own bed with the comforting purr of my cat nearby.
From my perspective at this moment, this trip took quite a physical and emotional toll on me. And I am uncertain what the payoff is or if it was a fair trade. Very little was restful about the trip. We were constantly on the move. We completed the walk in the only way that we could. Yes, we had fun. Yes, we saw some amazing sights and walked through the beautiful countryside of Northern Spain along an ancient path riddled with quaint villages and stunning cathedrals.
Everyone who asks about the trip wants to hear that it was transcendent and joyful. While I had moments of splendor and grace, I feel that I am disappointing them when I say how grueling and taxing it was for me. I am still healing physically from the experience.
Perhaps the emotional returns will take time to recognize.