Wow! The last month has been quite a whirlwind…packing up the house, out of town family visiting, graduation, saying goodbyes, Carmel, conference in Boston, Paris, conference in Belgium (C)/playing in Belgium (K), moving in, unpacking, exploring a new city….
If I had to pick two pictures to sum up all the ups and downs:
A few random thoughts about our past month:
- Since we were traveling for almost a month, we saw a lot of each other and not a lot of friends. Turns out having friends (particularly our wonderful friends) is not to be taken for granted. We get boring pretty quickly.
- We would be lost without hope were it not for Mr. G (our new GPS). Big thank you to Sherry, for the graduation gift.
- Cobblestones (such as they have throughout Europe) are quaint to be sure, but not so friendly on the feet – it is a challenge to walk on them without falling, and painful!
- Big Sur is really one of the most beautiful places we’ve ever been
- Belgians dress much more like Americans than do Parisians
- Nothing so far that we regret getting rid of before the move; lots of things that we regret not getting rid of!
- We’ll hold on to our vacuum, but a vacuum is decidedly less useful in a house that is entirely wood floor.
- Didn’t realize that there was a place with more Dunkin’ Donuts than Starbucks. There is. It is here.
- I never understood the stereotype of cops eating lots of doughnuts until we moved here. There is literally a cop car parked outside each and every Dunkin’ Donuts in the greater Boston area at any given time. But maybe they’re just there for the coffee?
- Three cheers for very non-chaotic Ikea and Costco…a whole new experience. Walmart, on the other hand, is pretty much the same hell-hole as in the Bay Area (Texas Walmarts are really pretty great, though).
- Minus one for Europe: you have to pay for ketchup (or mayo) for your fries!
- We can’t decide how we feel about the fact that in Europe, “public” toilets cost money to use…much less convenient (and obviously more expensive) – but the toilets stay much cleaner. Is it worth the tradeoff?
- Having only very few friends here in Boston (all friends from college), it sort of feels like we’re still on vacation, or in some strange twilight zone.
- Trying to decide to get a TV or a projector to watch movies on…
Maybe someday I’ll write more about our time in Europe, or saying goodbyes, or pay toilets, but for today this is what I have the energy for, since we’re still digging ourselves out from all the packing paper (though more figuratively than literally at this point).