Saturday, July 14, 2012

on leaving america

We are leaving the U.S. As of now, it hasn't quite hit me. Despite all the reading we've done, the conversations we've had, the preparations we've made, I don't think anything can prepare us for such a big move. I hope we can get in the groove of letting go of control and trusting that everything will work out -- because I'm sure each stage of our journey will be full of challenges.

Even this first stage -- preparation -- has been tough. We just spent about 3 hours and too much money buying last-minute travel necessities, and just those trips to the mall and through commercial spaces left me worn out. I've turned into a curmudgeon, and I'm only 27!

Another recent challenge: packing our bags. We had to squeeze all our worldly possessions into two oversize duffles, two regular duffles, two carry-on suitcases, and two backpacks. That seems like a lot of room, but it isn't when you have a huge library and tons of accumulated crap. But we overcame that task and even managed to fit everything in our trusty Honda Fit!

our car, filled with our crap

Another challenge: saying goodbye to family and friends. Though I've tried to remain stoic about goodbyes, claiming that relationships won't change because of technology, I realize that's only partially true. Technology is helpful, but it can't replace face-to-face interaction. 

A final challenge: saying goodbye to the comforts of American life. This pic says it all... Family and American businesses that we love!

tim and chris getting their favorite caffeinated refreshments
More later -- love, mel


  1. Wow, can't believe you guys are leaving today. Can't wait to read all about it on here. Good luck! If you need any American comforts, just let us know.


  2. Bon voyage, Melanie and Chris!! ~Love, Auntie Susan

  3. So glad to hear you India adventure is beginning. Am looking forward to hearing all about it over the next months on the blog!

  4. Though I don't get to see you guys often, I will miss you. I hope you have a wonderful journey and looking forward to the blog.
    Love Danielle

  5. Great blog start!! I'm going to expect to live vicariously through you with this, so update as often as you can! Miss you guys so much already!


  6. Enjoy your adventures on the other side of the world! We're looking forward to staying connected via your Blog & Skype. Isn't technology grand? Safe journey and much love to you both. Love Mom & Dad

  7. Great start on the blog, Mel! I know you are now in India - most likely with jet lag! Can't wait to hear all about it!! Thanks for keeping us up to date. We love you both and know you will have a great experience! Love, Mom & Dad 2

  8. Great idea.

    I'll be following this a lot.

    I don't even live in the US and I'll miss you. How weird is that? So this blog is going to be a great crutch and a source of inspiration, I'm sure.

    And don't forget to shout.

  9. me, too. take care. we will be hoping you have an amazing adventure.

  10. Thanks for the comments, everyone! New post coming this weekend, with more pics and explanations. :)