I love to travel. We spent more than a few years in an RV ministry where we got to travel around the country while working on churches, Christian schools, Teen Challenges, etc. It was a great life, but not for the faint of heart. Now that we’re out of ministry and have settled into a routine with our real estate school, we don’t travel as much as we’d like to. As you read this blog, we are in New England enjoying friends, family and foliage. It was on our bucket list to take a train ride and to get Bob up north for the foliage. We accomplished both and we are loving it! “Wish you were here,” is not in my vocabulary because quite frankly, I am very jealous of our brief non-working times.
Whether the travel in your life is far away or just travel to another city nearby, it’s important. We travel this road but one time, and before we realize it, our lives have come to a stop. Bob and I have appreciated the time we were able to spend in the RV ministry. It not only took us around the country, but it also gave us an opportunity to meet people from different cultures. We landed in Brownsville, TX for five winters and were exposed to a beautiful culture of Hispanic Mexican/Americans. The time there gave us a great appreciation for Mexican cooking as well as the Mexican traditions we learned.
Last year’s travel to Taiwan exposed us to an Asian culture we love. Bob’s stepmother was from Okinawa, and one of my sons-in-law is from Taipei. My former stepmother-in-law was from Kyoto, Japan, so we have always had some sort of Asian culture running through the family.
For me, our travel to upstate Maine was exciting. My mother was an Italian from a Boston suburb, and I lived in New Hampshire/Maine for several years as an adult. As a matter of fact, my older daughter is a Maniac living in Kittery. In addition to the New England way of things (pahkin a cah), there can be found some strong Italian culture flowing around Boston. Last week we had a wonderful visit there and I got to show Bob what authentic Italian food is all about – nothing like my own cooking!
One of the great things about our country is no matter where you travel in it, numerous cultures are represented. Lots of people prefer to travel abroad, but I love to travel in our country. To travel is great, but to come home is greater. TEAM Hughes Real Estate School is still going strong in our absence, but oh how we miss it! We are jumping right into an evening pre-license class and an evening Broker class when we get home. Since we only offer the broker class once a year, I am excited about presenting it. If you haven’t signed up for an October class yet, now is the time. We’ll be fresh from our travel and may even get to tell you a little about it.