Friday Before Departure (the 18th)
Charles left this morning. As loving and touching as the experience of wishing him well was, it was also kind of sad for me. We connected really well and really fast on this trip. I made a best friend in three weeks. Last night he made me promise not to cry, not to be sad. I waited until he left to break down... it had to happen. He's really an amazing man. The energy he brought to our every day was always genuine, always consistent no matter what he was dealing with outside of us. I greatly appreciate that I met him and all he had to share with me; his life experiences, his laughter and crazy sense of humor, his loving spirit, and everything else. I imagine distance will weaken our incredible bond but never break it. And time will ware at our bodies and minds but we, Charles and I as well as everyone on this trip and I, will always have Cape Town South Africa 2012-2013. I pray that he finds what he's looking in Spain, and that I sustain the changed person he's allowed me to be when I go back to the States.