World’s apart….?

I’ve been back in the UK for three days and the ‘journey’ (for now), is over. Leaving Nepal was a massive wrench, and in truth far more difficult than I’d anticipated. Saying goodbye to family and friends two years ago was hard for sure, but there was always the realisation that I’d be returning to Portsmouth. What I hadn’t been fully prepared for, until my final day in Kathmandu, was the fact that I was leaving behind something unique, and special. This post is for everyone who shared the journey with me…

Worlds apart? John Callaway 2012

Worlds apart? John Callaway 2012

“O me! O life!… of the questions of these recurring;
Of the endless trains of the faithless—of cities fill’d with the foolish;
Of myself forever reproaching myself, (for who more foolish than I, and who more faithless?)
Of eyes that vainly crave the light—of the objects mean—of the struggle ever renew’d;
Of the poor results of all—of the plodding and sordid crowds I see around me;
Of the empty and useless years of the rest—with the rest me intertwined;
The question, O me! so sad, recurring—What good amid these, O me, O life?


That you are here—that life exists, and identity;
That the powerful play goes on, and you will contribute a verse.”

Walt Whitman “Leaves of Grass” (1855)

8 responses to “World’s apart….?

  • jos kew

    glad to have you home! Jos, con and mitch x

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  • Pam Bush

    Welcome home! I do hope the transition back into home life is good for you all.
    Look forward to hearing about your next steps.
    Love to you all
    Pam xx

  • Stephen Goodyear

    Remember, the taps now have water in them and the plug sockets have electric.. 24/7 !


  • Andy Swapp

    WELCOME HOME Johnny C!
    Will let you acclimatise and settle in but how about popping down to Oxford sometime in the not too distant? Just a thought and thanks for all your wonderful writing and photography from Nepal and thank you for keeping my Blog readers locations so exotic! [exotic said in the voice of Waynetta Slob “it’s itzotic!”]
    Bestest of bests

  • Rolf Freeman

    I have read that people travel to find themselves, and find their “home” upon return. You seem to have known yourself, and expressed the adventure of discovery so very eloquently in word and image, for quite some time.
    Thank you for sharing, and inspiring. And yes, coming home has many sides to it… Rolf.

  • BeckyBadLuck

    I have thoroughly enjoyed reading your blog for some time now and it has fequently inspired me! Please roll another number for the blog…I look forward to hearing about your assimilation experiences and future endeavours. Becky

  • travelerreport

    With its narrow streets, Old Kathmandu is so nice, so typical. But KTM is becoming more and more modern, overpopulated ( already so may inhabitants in such a small valley) and polluted !

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