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…
- Our first dinner cooked in our new place: Sweet corn, chilies and burrata over fettucini. It was really wonderful.
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).