Well we are safe but mentally exhausted. It has been a challenging week. Since the very first day we got on the boat the news has been like a pounding hail storm of worries.
We first heard of a friend evacuating as we were to board a coach to our ship to embark on a week’s tour of the Danube from Budapest to Linz. We were so startled we actually missed the coach and we were the only two on the next bus that dropped us on the dock. That seemed to foreshadow the rest of the week – being the only two from that part of the world. Of course by now everyone on board knows us and asks daily if our house is still there.
Because of the time difference we are sometimes up till 2am or 4 just to follow the news and texts from those 9 hours behind us. Learning who is safe, who has evacuated, whose home survived – and saddest of all, those who have lost everything. And we know them well – it’s hard. We wake up and think should we go home today, or do we continue on our journey. It is hard to be here when your mind is there.
In Vienna, we lit a candle for all who have been impacted and prayed the Town of Windsor and our house might be spared.
Our girls (Jenna & Julia) went to grab valuables and moved them to safety and we have begun having people stay at our house who have been evacuated. We are somewhat comforted to know our home is being used as a way station for those living with uncertainty. So we follow the news constantly, we follow the fire map hourly– some nights are worse than others. But we are miles from the perils of those encumbered by the vexing fire storm that does not seem to want to be extinguished. It is relentless in its persistence.
So goes our travels at a time we had planned to visit these incredibly beautiful cities – we find ourselves instead reflecting on our lives.
Our things, our loved ones, weighing what is precious and what is not so.
The shock of loss haunts us like a ghost of fog on the river. We are safe – but mentally and spiritually exhausted.
Looking forward to better days ahead for all.