Happy 4th of July!!
It’s been about one year since we returned to the US and we are very happy to be home!
During our travels we became appreciative of the life and opportunities available in the US. As a stark example: last year at this time we were celebrating the 4th with expat Americans in Athens, Greece. The topic of conversation was the nationwide bank shutdown and financial controls. It was a very uncertain time and a crazy experience. Whatever hardship we had paled in comparison to the locals – we knew we were just tourists and we could leave any time. We had many situations like this in our 13 months of travel, experiences that made us understand how lucky we were to win the ovarian lottery.
It’s been fun to pick up where we left off, reconnect with friends and family, restart our careers, and settle in to the places we used to know. July 4th has a more special meaning to me now and it’s been great to celebrate the holiday in the US! Last week I brought in homemade USA themed treats every day for my coworkers and at the end of the week we had a lunch grill-out in the parking lot with beers. I couldn’t think of a better way to cap off the work week 🙂. This weekend we spent time with Jacquelyn’s side of the family and enjoyed great food, great company, and shockingly close fireworks displays.
We learned many things on the trip and the best lesson was learning I love being an American.
Enjoy the photos :).