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USA Farewell Tour and Standby to Spain

What a summer it has been.  It has been full of family and friends that span my lifetime; elementary school, high school, college, post college, and even the Camino.  I went as far east as France and as far west as California.  From standby flights across the USA to road trips blasting country music while I still can, I took full advantage of my last bit of the USA.

I’m leaving for Madrid tomorrow and to say I am a ball of nerves is an understatement.  While all the summer travel, people, and quality time with the family dog were grand, there were lots of tears.  The reality is that it’s really hard to push pause on the life I built in Ohio.  There is anxiety, uncertainty, and guilt working in overdrive. That honesty out there, I also am still 100% sure this is what I should be doing.  The fear is reminding me of that.  Change is hard.  Only six months from turning 30, change is really hard. Packing has proved to be really really hard. Fear of missing out is strong and fear of the unknown is even stronger.

Tears aside, I know this move to Madrid is going to be amazing once I am all settled.  I will make a beautiful little Spanish life for myself in the capital and already have some special European adventures in the works.  This is the dream and I have worked hard to make it come true.

I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I make it on my standby flights tomorrow and that the apartment search goes well.  I don’t start teaching until October 1st, so this extra long summer isn’t over yet; I’ll be traveling somewhere…

Here’s a look at my American summer.  It was so hard to chose the images. Missing are photos from Chicago, Sandusky, Indianapolis, Columbus, and Cleveland.

 

California: San Francisco, Napa Valley & Sonoma

China Town

China Town

Golden Gate Bridge on our way to wine country

Golden Gate Bridge on our way to wine country

Relaxing around the vines

Relaxing around the vines

My wine connoisseur

My wine connoisseur

 

Colorado: Denver, Breckenridge & Frisco

Best friends in Garden of the Gods

Best friends in Garden of the Gods

4th of July concert at Red Rocks

4th of July concert at Red Rocks

After an afternoon in Breckenridge, calling Frisco home for the night

After an afternoon in Breckenridge, calling Frisco home for the night

Sadly never saw a moose or buffalo out west, but we got up close and personal to plenty of mountain goats

Sadly never saw a moose or buffalo out west, but we got up close and personal to plenty of mountain goats

Thankful to have reached the summit of Quandary Peak at 14, 265 feet.

Thankful to have reached the summit of Quandary Peak at 14, 265 feet.

Couldn't have made it without these ladies

Couldn’t have made it without these ladies

 

New York: NYC

9/11 Memorial at sunset

9/11 Memorial at sunset

Steps of the Met with my hermana

Steps of the Met with my hermana

Afternoon drinks at the Boathouse

Afternoon drinks at the Boathouse

The perfect day in Central Park

The perfect day in Central Park

From Denver to NYC and reunited in a matter of days

From Denver to NYC and reunited in a matter of days

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6 Comments Post a comment
  1. Jackie #

    SO proud of you for embarking on this adventure! Cannot wait to hear the play-by-play of your euro-adventures. Bon voyage! Sending lots of hugs your way xxx-Jac

    August 29, 2014
  2. Can’t wait to see your face in Madrid again! I’ll be waiting here for you with open arms! Bienvenida!

    August 30, 2014
  3. Best of luck getting started in Madrid! You’ll love it!

    August 31, 2014
    • Muchas gracias. It’s crazy that it’s really real now. All those years of following Spain blogs and dreaming… Now I’m really here.

      September 8, 2014
  4. I love the picture of the mountain goat!

    Also–congrats on taking the leap! You’ve documented Spain so much in your travels and I’m happy you’ll get to call Madrid home for the next school year. A disfrutar, aprender y viajar 🙂

    September 6, 2014

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