Yup, I’ve been absent again from my blog. The past two weeks I just spent living in the moment and soaking up the time I had with family and friends while being home. It doesn’t take too long being away to make you realize how lucky you are for the people in your life. I didn’t want to spend too much of my time with them looking at a screen or in the online world, I just wanted to stay present.
As I mentioned previously, our time home was a whirlwind. I had about 24 hours at home before I hopped my next flight to Seattle for my friend’s bachelorette party. It was amazing to come home and have an entire weekend with my best girl friends. I love travelling with Tom but I definitely miss girl talk.
Our weekend was filled with two Blue Jays games and very little sightseeing of Seattle. I’ll just say the nightlife was a lot of fun and leave it at that. 😉
During the week we spent some quality family time. We travelled around between Camrose and Edmonton area to fit in most but not all of our siblings (we do have 11 between the two of us!) plus our adorable nieces and nephews.
Next, we took off on a road trip to Saskatchewan (that’s a province in Alberta – if you’re not Canadian, I’ll let you figure out how to pronounce it). I was a bridesmaid in one of my best friend’s wedding. Unfortunately it was the only day we had rain while there. But we didn’t let it get us down, the wedding went on outside in the rain under a lot of umbrellas.
It was beautiful and by the time we were doing the pictures most of the rain had stopped so we were even able to get some umbrella free photos.
After the wedding, we had a few days to hang out in Saskatchewan. Two of Tom’s sisters live there so we got some more visiting time in. I even tried paintball for the first time. I’ve always been terrified that it will hurt so bad. It stings but if my 9-year-old niece can do it, I think anyone can.
During my downtime, I was able to sneak off for a couple of runs. It seriously felt amazing to run without humidity. I felt like I could run forever. Now I’m paying with really sore calves that haven’t ran that long in 3 months but it was totally worth it.
So what’s next? When this goes live I should be somewhere over the Atlantic ocean on my way to Germany. There Tom and I are meeting up with my Dad and Stepmom. My Dad’s side of the family is from Germany so we are going to trace our roots. We will stop in the town my Papa was born in and see a statue of my great-great Grandpa! It’s going to be the perfect start to our European leg of our journey.
From Germany, we really don’t know our plans. We think the next stop will be Prague. Roughly we plan to visit Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, Slovenia, and Croatia. But that could change at any time as we have nothing really planned or booked at this point. All we know if we need to eventually fly up to Ireland because that’s where we fly home from on September 7 for my brother’s wedding.
This leg of the trip is actually almost exactly the same length as our last stint in Asia so at least we know what we’re in for. I’ll be trying to keep my blog as up to date as possible but as always the best way to follow along is on Instagram both my account and mine and Tom’s shared travel account (@coupleofsuitcases).
Linking up with Running with Spoons for Thinking Out Loud Thursday