Kim and I have been traveling quite a bit lately, either to see each other, or to various essential oils events around the world. In August, we flew to Dallas to attend the Young Living 2015 Convention. In October, we drove to Berlin for the European version of the same.
The Dallas event looked to be a bit too much for both of us on the first day. Tons of people, tons of oils, too many lines. We were jet lagged and hot (107°F anyone) and didn't have the energy to deal with the crowds or the fighting for seats. We were also getting a lot of what Kim calls "three-headed looks" -- there aren't too many same-sex couples at these events. By the second day, though, things got better. We really enjoyed the speakers and the workshops and got to know some nice people. The Gala dinner was also a bit of fun -- I rented a ball gown! The comments from the 7-11 clerk on the way back to the hotel were pretty hilarious. He compared Kim's gorgeous suit to the one John Travolta wore in Staying Alive...but hey, when you need a beer, you need a beer. And I think he meant it as a compliment!
Texas was a bit difficult for us otherwise. Signs in the lobbies of restaurants on rules about carrying weapons are disconcerting to both of us. I realize I don't feel especially safe anymore in my home country. There are just too many people with guns. The arguments about the constitutional right to bear arms just don't fly with me. That was a different time and the reasons behind it were very, very different. I've been out of the country too long to get sucked into that trap. Too many people are being killed for no good reason, and all of those people carrying around weapons for "protection" are part of the problem.
In the meantime, Kim's been in Germany a number of times and I spent some time in the UK. I finally got to meet Kim's sister and to enjoy the stunning beauty that is Cornwall. We hung out in Brighton as well. The sea just gives us both energy and joy. The more time I have there, the more relaxed I am. Our future will surely include a house on the sea. Who knows which one, but we'll see what happens.
We visited Stratford upon Avon, toodled up to Liverpool, and I enjoyed a weekend in Zürich with the kids visiting my friend Dara from Freiburg.
More recently, we spent a weekend in Berlin for yet another YL convention. This one was smaller and more intimate. We had time to hang out with our friends (Queen Bees) and made plenty of new ones. Meeting Gary and Mary Young was one of the highlights, but dancing the night away with the Austrian contingent was pretty cool as well.
These oils have changed my life in so many ways. I'd forgotten how much I love to travel and meet new people. The future is bright and there are many more places to see!