Last week, as I was running around our apartment, organizing and packing the last of our belongings, I went out on the balcony for a brief moment, took in the view of the Intercostal Waterway, and reflected on our life in West Palm Beach. We’ve spent the last 8 years here, our children were born here, and we’ve created so many wonderful friendships and memories in this city. Here are the 7 things (honestly i could list 100) that I am going to miss about life in WPB…
1. The friendships we’ve built here. There are so many wonderful people we’ve met, it is always hard to walk away from the memories and experiences we’ve created together. This is probably the toughest thing when I think about our choice of a life of travel. From the mamacitas’, Polish mamas, friends from Leo’s school, our great friends from Chile, Rick’s volleyball crew at Marcinski, people we’ve met through Rick’s work, and my former work peeps, the list could go on and on. They will be friends forever.
2. Morning Sunrises…we lived in a two bedroom flat that was right on the intercostal waterway. Before the kids wake, we used to get up in the morning and enjoy our coffee on the balcony, and watch the sunrise every morning. Rick enjoyed a lot of runs early in the morning watching the sun rise over the Atlantic Ocean. It was the perfect start of a day…
3. The Beaches!!! Our apartment was only 1.5 miles away from the beach. Every day we could take a short 10-15 min walk and be right on the beach. Kids would run on the boardwalk and Rick and I would enjoy the amazing beauty of the ocean. John McArthur State Park served as our primary beach destination. Quiet and quaint, this beach was full of nature.
4. The Florida sunshine! There is something about sunshine that gets you going every day. The tropical climate is perfect for the outdoor lover. I’ll take the hot & humid summers any day of the week over cold, cloudy winters.
5. My morning runs to the beach. I had created a pretty sweet routine for Mila and myself. Every day after we dropped Leo off at his school, Mila and I used to go for a run to the beach and make a big loop (about 5 miles) from our apartment to the Ocean and back. Running along the ocean was so therapeutic and calming, I loved it so much! And so did Mila!
6. West Palm’s Cultural Vibrance. In a way, West Palm Beach is a mini melting pot. The culture here is very diversified and honestly, you can meet people from all around the world. I never was a big risk taker when it came to food; however, the variety and broadness of local restaurants, markets, and boutique style eateries and coffee shops has made me a true food adventurer. Just last week I had a pleasure to enjoy a delicious lunch with few of my girlfriends at a Ethiopian restaurant called “Queen of Sheeba”.
7. The Florida Keys! A 4 hour drive from WPB, The Florida Keys served as a perfect weekend getaway for us. The drive itself is worth the price of admission. From Henry Flagler’s 7 mile bridge, snorkeling & kayak adventures, enjoying the beautiful beaches at Bahia Honda State park, to fresh seafood dishes, the Florida Keys are a State of Mind. If you go, check out the Bayview Inn on Conch Key, LeAnn is the proprietor and will greet you with a smile and take good care of you.
West Palm Beach will always hold a special place in our hearts. It is an amazing place to live. We are grateful for the 8 years we’ve spent here. As we embark on our journey, we know this is a place we can always come back to and call home.