The last few weeks in the United States were a blur as we prepared for our trip. Once we announced our plans to friends & family, it felt like a mad rush to say our last good byes with everyone. We first flew to Pennsylvania for Easter weekend and spent time with Rick’s family. Rick's parents hosted a picnic party for the family and it was super nice to spend time with everyone. After that, Rick and I went back to West Palm Beach while the kids stayed behind with Rick’s parents. It was our first time leaving our children for an extended period of time and much tougher than I imagined. It was good for Leo and Mila, as they had a chance to hang out with their grandparents, while we were able to pack and organize all of our belongings without any interruptions. After a hectic 5 days, we flew back up to Pennsylvania the following weekend to meet up with Rick’s best friend at State College for Penn State’s Blue/White football game. It was a great weekend hanging out and tailgating one last time with friends. Rick then went back to Florida to finish his job while the kids and I stayed with my in-laws for 3 weeks. After that I flew back to WPB for the last time to finalize everything and close out this chapter of our life in Florida.
Rick and I enjoyed the last few days in West Palm, taking in the morning sunrises, kayaking at McArthur State Park, attending the Jimmy Buffett concert and grilling out with great friends. Rick played volleyball with his crew at Marcinski while I enjoyed many coffee and lunch dates with my friends. We then set off for our 1200 mile drive from West Palm to Pittsburgh with a pit stop at Rick’s sisters place in Charlotte, NC. Finally, we reunited with our kids and finished every last detail before we left the States.
We only had 1 day/night to finalize everything. Looking back we wish we would’ve given ourselves an extra day as we felt rushed to get things done. The next morning we drove to Cleveland, OH where we dropped off the rental car, flew to Boston and spent the day in Bean Town. We were greeted with absolutely perfect weather. We spend the afternoon walking through Faneuil Hall and Boston Commons. We booked a night in a little B&B in Cape Cod and enjoyed some down time before leaving the USA. The last week seemed like a blur to us. Tomorrow, we’d take off for Europe. The first leg of our journey takes us to Hamburg, Germany where we’ll visit my sister and family for the week.
Saying goodbye is never easy, especially when you’re not sure when will be the next time you’ll see family and friends. There were some tears, but mostly it was of pure joy, gratitude and excitement. We are forever thankful for all of our family and friends who have supported us. We will miss you all and hope to meet some of you along the way in this beautiful World. Please stay connected through our Blog, Facebook and Instagram. We are in full Traveler State of Mind mode! Ciao!