Where to even begin. Two weeks after returning home from 7 months in Europe, I can’t believe that was our little life. When I found out we were going to Europe I was hesitant – we had such and amazing year in Cleveland that I wanted to do it all over again. But for now, we lack control of our destination. So we went and I cried on the plane right over the Atlantic Ocean. But then we landed in the sweetest [and smallest] of towns with incredible mountain views. We were officially on the most wonderful adventure and while it wasn’t always easy or smooth, it turned out to be one of the best experiences of my life.
I have been wanting to visit Italy for as long I can remember. When I worked at lululemon last year it was written into my goals to travel to Rome, Venice, and Florence by July 2016 – check, check, annnddd check! 2 years ahead of schedule. It’s just incredible the direction that life can take us in. You never really know what’s around the corner and that is absolutely the best part of our young lives.
We ventured to the French Riviera, shopped in Milan, visited tiny towns on the Italian Riviera, walked ancient Rome, got lost on the Webby streets of Venice [twice!], relaxed in a magical resort in the Italian Alps, saw Juliet’s balcony, saw the Eiffel Tower, drove the scariest roads to Lake Como, got a flat tire road tripping to Florence, and explored towns and mountains right in our backyard [here, here and here]. We were able to do so much of this traveling together and also with close family and friends who came so far to see us. I would have never guessed that we would have done and seen everything we did in such a short amount of time. We also made incredible friends turned mini family that we will always remember. Expat life can be hard but with the right people around you it’s a lot of fun.
It’s so easy to come home, get back to “normal”, be reunited with family and friends that quickly it feels like it didn’t even happen. I have to remind myself that not long ago I was struggling to communicate, walking on cobblestone streets, and living in a tiny apartment. Thankfully we have so many wonderful memories and lots of pictures to go with them. So now, some of my favorite photos from our European adventure….