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
Colorado: Denver, Breckenridge & Frisco
New York: NYC