For as much as I love getting to call Harlem, NYC home, there are times when my mind wanders to thoughts about what it might be like to live abroad for a year or two. To immerse our family in a different culture, new adventures, perhaps a new language. In my 34+ years of life, I’ve moved to different cities and states, but still never farther than a three-hour drive from where I was born. So the whole idea of packing up and moving across an ocean is hard to fathom.
And yet, lots of people do it. And I’m totally fascinated by it.
Since I don’t see an international move in my near future, I figured the next best thing was to send a barrage of questions to a friend who is doing the very thing that I find so fascinating, in part to learn something new and to also live vicariously through her.
When I think about the things in this stage of life that really bring me joy, having so much of our family living within a short drive is easily at the top of the list.
For most of my life, I lived far away from grandparents and cousins and even my brother, and I was always wishing I could see them more. So getting to see Jameson interact with his grandparents and cousins on a weekly basis warms my heart like nothing else. And the emotional support it lends me and Jordan is pretty immeasurable.
Last Friday, I checked another item off my NYC bucket list when we rode the tram over to Roosevelt Island. For those of you not in NYC, Roosevelt Island sits east of Manhattan Island in the middle of the East River. It’s a tiny piece of land with only about 11,000 people living on it. And it’s a great place to take in a different view of the city.
On a random night last year around this time, Jordan and I were sitting on our couch watching tv, and an email from my newly engaged cousin and her fiancé landed in our inboxes.
The subject line: “Do Us The Honor?”
We spent most of last week in a city we’d long been hoping to visit — Austin, TX.
Back in 2010, Austin was nowhere on my radar. But between SXSW, Austin City Limits, and a general cultural appreciation for all things weird, I feel like Austin has steadily made it onto everybody’s radar. So much so that when I told people Jordan and I were going to visit, they were surprised to hear it was our first visit.