I’ve been home for several days now and it’s a bit strange not having another plane to catch, another adventure to look forward to, but the adjustment is nothing unexpected. The best part has been seeing friends again, and in the process of doing so I’ve learned how many people have been following along via Ruffin on the Road.
This blog turned out to be very valuable to me. It rekindled my passion for both writing and photography. It also helped me stay disciplined toward my goal of approaching this trip more as a student than a tourist; knowing I had to do a post at the end of a trip segment kept me focused on taking notes, asking questions and doing research.
Most importantly, the blog enabled me to stay connected to you. The encouragement and support I received from so many of you kept me going in so many ways, kept me motivated and strong and very often from feeling alone. I can’t begin to tell you how grateful I am for that. And through the blog I’ve reconnected with many old friends and made new ones as well, an unexpected and truly wonderful benefit.
Thank you all so much for riding along on this journey … it’s meant a great deal to me.
Peace and love always.
(Here’s one final pretty picture … taken just outside Salzburg.)