Around the World in 180 Days

A journey across the Atlantic and into matrimony

Here It Comes a Better Version of Me October 2, 2009

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For about as long as I can remember, I knew that my small conservative home town was not the place for me and in the years following high school, I moved as far away as my resources would allow. First to the opposite side of Pennsylvania, then to Wisconsin and most recently Seattle.    Sidenote: Can ya tell I’m not a warm weather person?

Anyway, I absolutely do not regret leaving home but leaving my family is another thing. I always felt deeply guilty and worried about missing time with them that I’d never get back, especially my sister who is 18 years my junior and seems to be growing, maturing and doing new and infinitely cute things every time I see her.  When she was first born, I dreamed of teaching her all about great indie music and imparting my love of books and helping her learn to challenge the norm. Basically being the coolest and best big sister evar.

One day it dawned on me how ridiculous this guilt was. One of the people that inspired me and I respected most was my black sheep uncle who had bolted out of this place at the same time in his life as I had. I only saw him maybe once a year at most, and yet! thats all it took for him to rock my world and make me reconsider everything I thought I knew.

So it turns out that that the best big sister, daughter, friend and *gasp* wife! I can be is the same me that isn’t going to turn down all these chances to see the world because of a silly little thing like guilt. Go figure.

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Lesson of The Day September 16, 2009

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117 days

Apparently nonrefundable doesn’t mean all is lost if you cancel a plane ticket as I assumed. And as we all know, assuming makes an ass out of..well mostly me.

I discovered this during a series of lengthy calls to Expedia.com and US Airways, learning that if you cancel a ticket before the departure time they’ll give you the value of the ticket in credit for a new one as long as you use it toward the same airline and make your puchase within a year of the day the ticket was bought.

Score!

Maybe I should have thought to ask about that before but oh well. Very handy information for my situation (and maybe someone else’s as well) none the less!

The only catch is that (US Airways at least) charges a fee of $250 to spend your own credit..kinda ridiculous eh?

 

Home Is Where the Heart Is September 15, 2009

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117 days

I know it’s a hackneyed phrase one expects to see stitched on a old lady pillow, but I think there’s definitely some truth to it.

The thought occured to me when in a moment of frustration with the visa situation, I found myself thinking “I just want to go HOME!”

Which, right after it ran through my head, struck me as odd. Not only because I’m currently staying with my parents, in the house in which I grew up, in the town I was born in–but because the place I was longing to be was an apartment I’ve never been to, in a city I’ve barely seen.

I’ve flung myself to amazing distant lands that I’ve fallen in love with, but it only ever felt like home when the boy was there.

 

Coming Up for Air July 30, 2009

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164 days

As I wrote about in the previous post, the boy has finally arrived in the US to stay with me and my family until my ship out date for Scotland (which is September 2nd, in case you’re curious).

So thats the reason for my lapse in posts for the past however many days as the boy and I have been virtually attached at the hip, catching up on lost time. I have however managed to peel myself away from the boy to renew my efforts on here. We’ve got the rest of our lives ahead of us together and I’m sure a little personal time would do us both some good.

I have been doing my best to keep him entertained and show him what few sights there are in Pennsylvania. I realized after he arrived that my list of things for us to do here consisted mostly of Pennsylvania Dutch or otherwise American things I wanted to make him eat. Oh well. Here’s my list:

1. Green Dragon (our local/Amish farmers market known for really good fresh food)

2. Buggy ride (even though i’ve never actually done one myself, could be fun right?)

3. Hershey Park (after living in Seattle and discovering really good chocolate out there, Hersheys
is a bit disappointing but the park is still quite fun and i enjoy the chocolate themed town)

4. shoo-fly pie

5. whoopie pies

6. lebanon/sweet bologna

7. hot air balloon ride (not exactly specific to our area but our wedding invitations have hot air balloons on them and i thought it’d be cute to take some unofficial engagement photos there)

So far he’s tried lebanon/sweet bologna, went to my 5 year class reunion (which was a bad idea by the way) and and we’ve been to Philadelphia for a day (but didnt have time to get cheese steaks! next time..) so we need to work on the list a bit but i have 2 weeks off work coming up and here are some of the plans in the works:

• 3 day trip to NYC (where we first met) to visit the MoMa, possibly catch something on Broadway
• local microbrewery fest as the boy’s a big fan of beer
• Renaissance Faire
• local wine tours

plus generally hanging out, enjoying my parents swimming pool and visiting with all my friends and family as much as possible.

All while fretting over the arrival of my visa in the mail..cross your fingers and toes for me folks.

 

Oh the Places You’ll Go! July 10, 2009

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it’s kind of crazy to think that I’ll be permanantely relocating to Glasgow as of September 2nd (tickets booked and paid for yeah!) and have actually only been overseas once when I visited the boy during Christmas last winter. I’ve been fascinated with Europe, it’s history and culture since I was a kid though and done my share of moving round the US, but somehow getting out of the country just never really fit into the plan.. till now! This has however given me lots of time to think about where I want to go and I certainly hope to make use of my new proximity to, well pretty much everything.

The boy and I are flying into Manchester to visit his family, will be staying in London for a few days to see his best man and hittin up Paris for the honeymoon so that’s a good start I think!

here’s the other places I’d love to see(in no particular order):

1.Amsterdam
2.Barcelona
3.Budapest
4.Prague
5.Dubai
6.Istanbul
7.Singapore
8.Dresden
9.Zurich
10.Munich
11.Lisbon

…and all the unknown places in between!

anywhere I left off the list that just can’t be missed?

p.s. I also really want a sweet vintage suitcase to put stickers all over..hmm