Saturday, March 24, 2012

Updates

This is a big one, guys.

I still haven't completely wrapped my head around it.  But all the "important people back home" have been informed, and Kyle's happy with it, and I'm...dealing with it...so I guess it's time to share the big news here...

We're moving.
(Reasons Why the Army Sucks #298,345:  Never a permanent home.)

If the map wasn't a dead give away, we're moving to New York (the state, not the city).  It's happening in the fall.  And, as previously stated, I'm still trying to wrap my head around it.  One might assume that finding out we're moving to New York, after having moved to Germany from Kentucky, wouldn't make a very big splash in the proverbial pond.  One would be wrong.  One would be forgetting that I have come to adore living in Germany, language barrier and crazy road rules notwithstanding.

Germany is ancient.  And full of history.  And castles.  And schnitzel.  And gigantic cathedrals.  And art.  And...other fun stuff.  And did I mention the castles, folks?  You can't throw a rock without hitting one, and that's a fact.  Living here has completely changed the way I think about the world, and more importantly, it has changed the way I think about myself.

I have gained a totally new kind of independence here.  Two years ago today I was back in Kentucky (freaking out about moving here, actually), in my own apartment, with my own car, a decent job, and a hectic "half way through college" schedule.  I thought I was on my own.  I thought I'd finished "growing up."  I was so very naive.  I was surrounded by friends to keep me from panicking over the little things.  My parents were half an hour away, willing to swoop in and take me out for dinner when funds were low.  Heck, my sister in law was even right next door with a comfortable couch I could crash on when I couldn't sleep after watching The Crazies (*shudder*).  I was anything but on my own.

And then I moved here.  There's nothing like negotiating a cell phone contract in a foreign language, or realizing you have no idea what to do when your hair dryer overloads a circuit (or living without a car for months, for that matter) to make you realize how many people you depended on in your adolescence. And there's nothing like living five hours from Paris to make you realize that there is a whole wide, accessible world waiting for you to discover it.  I have learned, adapted and grown.  I've explored and celebrated and discovered.  Scary as it was for a small town girl to pack up and move to Germany, I wouldn't trade this experience for anything...and I'm not ready for it to be over yet.

Our list of "Places to See Before We Move" is impossibly long, and I can't help but feel like living in New York is going to feel anticlimactic after two years in Europe.  I'm probably wrong.  After all, I was terrified to leave Kentucky in the first place.  Who knows what might happen post-move to change my mind?

It will be wonderful to step outside and hear people speaking my language again.  Probably most convenient will be living in the same time zone as our families -- the six hour difference strains communication.  I cannot wait see a WalMart (judge all you like).  I could compose an ode to how much I've missed American fast food.  And dear lord, I will kiss the ground of the first 24 hour convenience store I encounter.  But...will all of that really make up for missing out on this year's Christmas Markets?  On a trip to Prague?  On passing castles on the way to the theater?  On authentic French pastries?  Don't get me wrong, I'm glad we'll be closer to "home," and I am beyond grateful for the time I've been granted here...but a part of me is mourning the end of my time in what feels like my own personal fairy tale.  *sigh*

I have no idea what our next chapter holds, but as I stand near the end of this one, I guess I can only be grateful that I feel so reluctant to see it go.

17 comments:

  1. Think of the trips you can take into New York City! There is sooooo much to do there. And you can visit the Amish country. And Canada. You can go to Niagra Falls!! Then there is Boston and Maine and Philadelphia. You will find whole new worlds to discover :)

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    1. Robyn, New York City was my first thought, too. Then I found out it takes almost six hours to get there from our next post... Something tells me we'll only be going once or twice. Niagara Falls is only four hours away though, so that could be a nice weekend trip. And we're right. on. the border of Canada. So that's pretty neat. I'm sure I'll find SOMETHING to do.

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  2. Carrie that's great news that you're on the border of Canada...you can explore our beautiful Country :)

    Jen

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    1. Jen, I'm embarrassed to admit I don't know a lot about Canada. Any suggestions for things to see/places to go?

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  3. that's great that you're moving back to the states, but if i'm thinking that i'll miss all of the germany posts (the castles!), i can just imagine how much you'll be missing the country. get the most out of everything before you leave, and i'm sure new york will have some awesome surprises waiting for you too. good luck with the move.

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    1. Thanks, Sarah! :) You always leave the nicest comments.

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  4. Carrie - you finally gave me the post I have been waiting for -- your deepest feelings authentically expressed about life as a young newlywed in a far off land. It is the first in a long while that you have opened yourself up and I loved it. I think about you often and have wondered what you were truly experiencing. This post was from the writer Carrie -- love it!! Being Canadian, I am of course thrilled that you will have a chance to experience our great country. Ideas of what to visit, depends on where you are on the border. If you are near the Buffalo border, you could explore our wine country (great tours of local vineyards), Niagara on the Lake - a picturesque, adorable little village with great b&b;s, Niagara Falls. If you are near Kingston, ON, you could experience the Thousand Islands et. Toronto (yay) is only 1.5 hours away from Buffalo and 3 hours away from Kingston. Toronto is a fantastic city to visit. See? Lots to see and do. Enjoy the last leg of this Germanic journey and I look forward to more sharing. : )

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    1. Lyn, it's been hard to write a "real" post lately. I feel like I sit down to type here and can't get past, "All is well." It's just been going so smoothly... This move has shook things up again though.

      Thank you so much for the suggestions! I've never been to Canada, but my husband and his sister spent some time in Toronto and really enjoyed it. He has mentioned a few times that he wants to go back there with me, so that will most likely be a destination. Niagara falls is about four hours from where we'll be living (near Watertown), so that's definitely in the cards, too. I know the Thousand Islands are close (I've been googling) but I don't know much about them...will make a note of it. ;)

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  5. I think it's awesome that you got to have two years in Germany.... I would die for that opportunity!! I know that you made the most of your time there and I'm sure it really helped to shape and mold you into who you are right this second. New York will be good for you as well.... think of all the beautiful things you'll be near that you can experience now..... New England, NYC, DC, Philly, Boston..... (maybe you've already seen those but if not here's your chance) before you pack up and move again. A new adventure awaits!

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    1. Holli, I'm pretty excited about exploring all the places you've mentioned. The only northern cities I've been to are Chicago and DC, so there's a lot of uncharted territory to work with. I'm just going to miss it here so much! It's been so incredible.

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  6. If you go straight south down the highway and when you get to Binghamton take a right to the next town, that's where I was born....55+ years ago. Man. (I grew up too dang quick) I always wanted to go to north New York and visit the Adirondacks....pics are beautiful. It's on my bucket list. Even though you are leaving one beautiful place, you will be going to another. You're lucky.

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    1. Thank you. I do feel so very blessed to be experiencing so much so fast! The more I research the area we're moving to, the more excited I am to explore it.

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  7. Wow! That is a huge change, for sure. I too felt so grown up when I got out of high school and into college. Then.. I realized I wasn't. Moving out helped, and moving away did too. But coming home to do laundry and eat dinner on the weekends wasn't exactly independent. When I got married I definitely felt grown up. BUT. Travel is what really opens our eyes. I feel like an adult FINALLY after visiting Europe. I can only imagine how much your life in Germany has impacted you. New York will be another adventure and I know you will find many many many new places to explore there. And who knows.. maybe the Army will send you to California someday and we can be real life travel buddies! Good luck and keep us informed. I always look forward to your blog updates. :) -Kels

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    1. Kelsey, that would be awesome! :)

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  8. Wow. Congrats on being able to move back to America, but I'm a little sad you're leaving Germany too...I was living vicariously through you! At least you've taken full advantage of the amazing world around you =] How many other people can say they've seen and done all of the amazing things you have in just that short amount of time? I'm sure New York will bring tons of adventures, and hey, there's a lot of history in the East Coast. Think of the founding fathers!

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    1. Very true, very true. I just wish I could push the continents all together so it wouldn't be so hard to travel between them...lol.

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  9. I know it doesn't sound like the best time for a move since you had such much you wanted to do over there but look at all the pluses about coming back to the states. It's close to Canada so you can always explore there!

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