When Three Worlds Collide

Tate and I have two sets of house-guests right now.

First, let me say, I like hosting.  I enjoy sharing my space and town and understand how lovely it is to be welcomed into someone’s home rather than book into a hotel.  Also, hosting creates a pretend holiday, a chance to explore your home through new eyes and drink a bottle of wine on a Thursday night. 😉

Our first guest, Josh, is a friend that we made in Portland in 2006.  He left Portland a few years before we did and we lost touch for a while.  A few weeks ago he wrote to say he was going to be in Charlotte and wanted to drive up to Charlottesville for a visit.  We quickly fell back into laughs and conversation and, for he and Tate, sports.  They spent every bit of daylight either on their bikes or throwing a frisbee!

Our other guests arrived late last night, they are three young women from Norway.  We met one of them, Mette, in June 2010 while we were traveling through Tibet.  We spent 8 days together in a tour group and Mette said many times how interested she was in traveling to “The States”.  I didn’t know if she’d ever make it but I told her she was more than welcome to come stay with us if she came.

And here she is!  She’s been working her way across the U.S working on organic farms through the organization called WWOOF.

I feel like three of my world’s are colliding today; my Portland-world, my traveler world, and my current C-ville world, and I love it!  It reminds me that the real heart of life is connecting with people.  No matter whether I am making new connections or fostering old ones, this is what makes life interesting, special, and memorable.

This is why I love the blogging world.  Blogging is all about making connections over commonalities, like chia seeds or Tabata training!  Thanks for being a part of my blog world!  It wouldn’t be the same without you!



  1. Deirdre

    Isn’t it awesome when your worlds just come full circle like that. I feel like when that happens it creates a sense of harmony. It’s nice to hear that you are enjoying that sensation too. I hope that you have a great weekend!
    Take Care!

  2. Hi Faith. I linked to your blog from Kath’s, as I was curious about the Nepal teaser. I live in Kathmandu, and it is always interesting to read and hear about American travelers’ experiences in Nepal and other parts of Asia. I see that you also went to Tibet. I have been a couple times, including the same overland trip from KTM to Lhasa (and back again!), but that was in 2003, and I can only imagine how much Tibet has changed between 2003 and 2010. Anyway, I just wanted to introduce myself in the blog world, and I look forward to reading more. I welcome you to check out my blog as well, if you want a taste of Nepal!

    • gracefulfitness

      My husband and I have done a lot of international travel and we LOVED Nepal (maybe the most!). We came in from India (during a bandh, of course!), hiked for 10 days up to/around Annapurna, chilled in Pokhara and spent about a month in Nepal total as part of our 6 month trip. We then traveled overland with an 8-day tour from KTM-Lhasa (Mette, the Norwegian, was in our group) and took the train to Chengdu, which probably wasn’t an option when you were there.
      Anyway, Nepal is an amazing place and I look forward to checking out your blog!

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