December 14, 2011

I’m joyfully and anxiously apartment hunting in Prague in anticipation of the mad-dash for housing that will occur once I arrive there next month.  For the first month, I will be staying in the TEFL school’s accommodations. After that, I’m hoping this baby is still available….

December 13, 2011
This beauty lived at the Bija Vidyapeeth Farm in Dehradun. What a doll.

This beauty lived at the Bija Vidyapeeth Farm in Dehradun. What a doll.

December 13, 2011
Driving through Central Washington this weekend for our last road trip until we move to Prague next month, we noticed a bit of eerie beauty across the landscape. Not snow…not ice…but a frozen fog had settled in and frosted everything in its path. Every branch, every leave, every blade of grass. Even this cowboy and his frontier woman. I’m going to miss this state.

Driving through Central Washington this weekend for our last road trip until we move to Prague next month, we noticed a bit of eerie beauty across the landscape. Not snow…not ice…but a frozen fog had settled in and frosted everything in its path. Every branch, every leave, every blade of grass. Even this cowboy and his frontier woman. I’m going to miss this state.

December 8, 2011

We all have dreams, Paige ; )

December 8, 2011
Wedding Procession at the Meiji Jingu Temple. Yoyogi Park, Tokyo, Japan

Wedding Procession at the Meiji Jingu Temple. Yoyogi Park, Tokyo, Japan

December 8, 2011
The Un-Glamorous Side of Wanderlusting

Moving 6000 lbs of furniture, sportng equipment, art supplies, computer equipment, clothing and an unmentionable amount of knick-knacks from Spokane, Washington to Prague. I am repacking boxes that I only weeks ago UNPACKED from our move 1.5 years ago from Okinawa, Japan. What was that quote about the definition of insanity? 

So what result are we hoping for, you ask?  Seeking happiness in a land that boasts a greener shade of grass? True, there’s always the chance that Prague will be boring, uninspiring, unwelcoming…but I’m betting not. Even my darkest hours traveling alone in India (fearing my safety in the alleyways of Paraganj, celebrating Christmas with strangers while my husband was thousands of miles away) taught me something, and those moments are the most poignant in my memories.

Ah! There’s little time for reflection in these parts—too much to do! I need to finish painting some furniture (seriously), pack up my kitchen, and prepare for this weekend’s trip to Olympia to see some very dear friends. (Whom, had we not taken the leap to move to Okinawa in 2007, WE WOULD NEVER HAVE MET.  Perish the thought.) 

And that, my friends, is the very best side of Wanderlusting.

December 8, 2011
Lanterns at Dusk.  Tokyo, Japan

Lanterns at Dusk.  Tokyo, Japan

December 5, 2011
Taking in the view from Kyoto Tower

Taking in the view from Kyoto Tower

December 4, 2011
My first day in Paris this spring, visiting my sister.

My first day in Paris this spring, visiting my sister.

December 4, 2011
Festival performers in Yoyogi Park, Tokyo.

Festival performers in Yoyogi Park, Tokyo.

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