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So, to sum up...

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Photo - Somewhere in Goa, the only Christian state in India

10 months travelling around the world!   I've not really posted anything about it on this blog since I've got back!

Why?

Well, I've been thinking about it and I really can't put the trip into words.   I started writing and what came out was cliches.   In India I wrote whole blogposts and at the end I felt like it had all been written before.   I was saying nothing new and it was all quite generic compared to the experience.   I've tried writing since I got back, but to no avail.

I experienced so much while being away that its really impossible to get it across.   We travelled so far and experienced so much that when I got back and people asked me 'How was the trip?', I had no words for them.   Do I say it was amazing?   Unbelievable?   Do I go into individual stories of what happened in different places?   Do I try to sum up the experience in a paragraph or two?   Do I speak about politics and corruption?   Or talk about religion and beliefs.   Do I tell them a timeline of events from the start, until they glaze over?   In the end, I really just didn't say very much.   I still haven't spoken about it with many people.

Maybe I'm just not a good enough writer.   Maybe the experience was so vast that there's no way to sum it up.

And my photos?   Its just impossible really.   They are a glimpse.   Frozen moments that have been plucked out of the chaos.   Some cliched, some slightly more unique.   I've been looking at them for so long now, trying to piece them together to turn them into something that describes the experience.   But they can't.   I needed to realise that they can't get across the feel of the place.   But they are what they are.   I need to stop trying to reach an impossible goal and just get them out into the world.

So, I'm back in the UK for a good 6 months now and am starting to get a bit of perspective on the whole thing.   I really can't put it into words but I don't need to!   Its an experience that will stay with me for the rest of my life and maybe that's enough.