Rule Number One- Move! And I did move on Monday, October 23rd. My mother had spent Sunday evening packing bags with the contents of my newly purchased wardrobe. Meanwhile, I was prepping or as the Brits say revising, for an upcoming test. On Monday morning, my mother drove to an airport in the Midwest (located in a neighboring city). Meanwhile, I dozed in and out of sleep when I was attempting to prep for the damn test. By 14:00 hours (military style), I was on my way to a brand new life.
The city I've moved to is on the east coast of the U.S. but it isn't la citta de Nueva York. I can't do New York F*nkin' City anymore. I'm 35 years old and I want to own the place where I lay my head (eventually). And I know that ain't going to happen in the Big Apple.
I have family in this new place that I'm trying to call home. Mia fratello (my brother in Italian) lives here. And I officially have two friends living in the area. I think I'm pretty well-off. I have a theory that a person needs at least one true friend to survive in the world. It is great when you're blessed with lots of good friends but if you have one person whom you are comfortable calling at 3 in the morning, you have a support system.
However, all things even dreams coming true must come to an end and mine did on March 9, 2006 when I landed at the Newark International Airport.
I've been in the U.S. for 1 week. It feels completely normal yet a bit strange to be back home. I was abroad for over 2 1/2 years (two years in Japan).
People keep asking me, "how was it?" I actually have no words to describe the last 7 months of my life. I have been/was living my dream. I hope you have or will have the opportunity to make one of your wildest aspirations come true. It is an amazing and empowering feeling.
Please note that I plan on writing several more posts about my travels in the very near-future. Then I'm not sure about the future of this weblog because I've changed, things changed, and I can't figure out how blogging will fit into my current reincarnation.
I recommend these airlines, bus companies, and tour agents!
because it is my 35th birthday! I know that I don't look a day over 28 (Thanks for the compliment!).
I've realized that I'm in the midst of a mid-life renaissance. Right now, I feel very good about my life. Of course, there are more experiences to gain: new career paths to walk, more lands to travel, friendships to nurture, family to adore, a story that must be written, and the exquisite joy of watching new life come into the world. VIVA Ms. WORLD!
P.S. Has anyone else noticed that we are in the midst of baby season? It seems like everybody is having a baby or had a baby, while moi, the Singleton, was out globetrotting.