Barry’s Travels – Day 8

All good things must come to an end and today we all make our way back home. Prior to departing from the hotel, some of us took one last pleasant stroll around Bad Wiessee town and stopped for a final kaffee und kuchen overlooking the lake. We departed the hotel mid-morning to make our way to Munich airport for our flights.

It has been a very enjoyable week and I got to meet and to know some very nice people. This past week has made me feel very fortunate: I walked over 35 miles climbing 2500m along the way. This is coming from someone who could barely manage to climb the 20 or so steps in the stairs in my home just a few years ago. Taking in the breath-taking scenery from the mountain tops in Bavaria is a memory that will stay with me for a long time. Though I have a chronic illness like HS, I feel very lucky in that I feel as if I have been given a second chance at life. I have been afforded the opportunity to enjoy and appreciate the simple, everyday things (like walking), or as Kavanagh said:

“to wallow in the habitual, the banal”

Most people do not get such a second chance.

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