Since I’ve been pregnant, people often ask me what my cravings are. I actually haven’t had ANY food cravings during this pregnancy.
My “cravings”, aside from food, however, have been quite intense. You know what I really crave? I’m craving riding a motorcycle, or trekking in Tibet, or rolling down the sand dune in the dessert of Egypt. I’m craving something crazy, something exotic, or something my mom is going to have a heart attack over.
We knew before we had Joshua that life is going to change in a totally different direction once the little monkey (or in our case soon, two monkeys) arrives. The type of traveling I loved will not be available for a few years. I sold my motorcycle, knowing that I won’t have time to ride for a while. I certainly do not regret the decision to put these things on hold, and focus on raising my kids. All I’m saying, is that I have to admit, my heart has not stopped craving for the next adventure.
A few years ago, I read a book called A Camera, Two Kids, and a Camel written by Annie Griffiths Belt. This woman is my hero. She’s a photographer working for the National Geographic, had two kids, and took her kids on photo assignments with her all over the world. Her book wasn’t very long, but it influenced me in a serious way. She totally dispelled the myths that people don’t travel to exotic places with young kids. She found ways to make it work to take her kids on assignments. She’s the type of women who never follows tradition, and blazes her own path in life. It made me decide that if I ever had kids, I’m not going to use them as an excuse not to travel.
I know, for now at least, I can only savour the memories of past travels or experience of exotic places. I do really look forward to one day going somewhere really cool with the kids, and show them just how amazing it is to see the world outside of our little corner in North America.
Solo ride from Vancouver to Halifax:
In the Okavango Delta in Botswana:
Rock climbing in Joshua Tree:
Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro with Cliff:
Sand dune in Namibia:
A beach at Zanzibar:
Muncho Lake in Alaska:
Hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu:
On a safari in Tanzania: