I have the concept that I call "places of the heart". I don't remember for sure if I made the phrase up or if I heard or read it somewhere and forgot where, but it has great meaning to me, and now, I suspect, to you as well. If something or some place has been transformative, as this voyage of discovery seems to have been for you, then it is now a part of who you are forever and you will always carry it with you. I live with a dichotomy between my heart's best home and where my terrestrial home is at the moment so I know a bit of how you look at things with wholly different eyes than you would have otherwise. It will take time to reconcile the two into a new synthesis, something that I am still contending with myself.