There was a part of us that wondered, during summer while we were hiking in the Alps, if an entire winter in one place wouldn't be a little dull? Perhaps get a little stale? Well now we are here, looking out over the sea from our beautiful rented home, reading books and listening to music, or wandering on the golden beaches and strolling along the jagged and precipitous cliff tops I can definitely say that we are so glad we had the foresight to put an extended stay in San Jose in our diary way back in Springtime.
As it says in the title of this post, returning to San Jose has felt a lot like 'coming home'. What do I mean by that? Well, after almost three years moving around the concept of 'home' has taken on a very different meaning for me. In part we are always 'home', and not just because we have a motorhome or because we carry all of our possessions with us as we move. Rather we are always home because the idea of home expands to include just being in the moment and being together.....less attached to a physical location or a pile of bricks and mortar. We can be happy and be 'home' any where.
Still, there are certain locations that at a given time we just feel more peaceful in, like we are in the right place at the right time. That is how I'm feeling in San Jose right now. It helps that we are enjoying seeing so many friendly and familiar faces, walking along familiar streets and looking out on familiar views. But more than that San Jose in particular and Cabo de Gata Natural Park in general is like an oasis of calm. A haven away from the busyness to recharge our batteries, refocus on self-care and remember how to sit still again....an art we still struggle with.