And then ... we went back home.

Trip Start Jun 25, 2008
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Trip End Sep 01, 2008


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Tuesday, September 2, 2008

10.5 hours on the plane. Went by pretty fast for all of us except Janice, she was bouncing off the walls.

Bob and Rachel picked us up ...

Two hours to home, a quick stop at Carls Jr for some good ol' American free refill sodas.

Back home. A gift basket awaits from Niki! Thank you!! 

Crazy. Our house feels like a stranger's home. Seriously. Two months is longest I've ever traveled, and being gone for that long ... its like the math is off on how I remember our house. One hallway seems shorter, the other longer. Our carpeted floor looks nicer than I remember it. Some of the rooms seems smaller. ... Its a bit like that feeling when you return to a childhood monument, a school or a gymnasium for instance, after being gone for many years.

Bring the bags in, ... then Janice and the kids do a quick visit with the cousins. I shop for a new car for us ... test drive a couple, but no purchase.

I end up awake until 1am researching cars online. Janice and the kids sleep solidly.

The next day, all of us are awake near 5am ... and off to Sam's first day of 1st Grade! Off to work for me, my inbox takes nearly a full hour to download the over 3000 emails from the past two months (and those represent just the KEEPERS... the ones that made it past my junk filter and my own screening!). Janice does a TON of work around the house getting errands taken care of like smogging the car, getting laundry started, getting our gym membership dialed in, etc.

Glad to be home. I expect to do a "Final Impressions" sort of entry in a couple of weeks once we are back in to the normal swing of things in normal life. For sure, the best part of this whole experience has been the people. Our friends and family HERE IN THE STATES who helped coordinate stuff and greet our foreign guests, the friends and family of our exhange partners in Spain and France, ... and the strangers we met along the way. thats what made it all special. Already there are people we miss ... people we want to see again and we are just back one day!
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iba-jee
iba-jee on

One question!
Before you write your last impressions, we would like to make you a question to answer about your travel. no, it's not who are the nicer couple you have met in Spain :D

The question is: What has this travel changed in your lives? Way of thinking, inmediate decisions upon your life, future decisions etc. For sure, the answer may be different for each of you.. so, you can post all your answers!!! XD

lots of kisses from SP..piiiiiiiiiiii.. sorry, Basque Country ;)

alfredomarta
alfredomarta on

Saludos desde Navarra (Pamplona-Iruņa)
Hola SAm, Ella, Janice, Asher.
Soy alfredo.
Estoy en Pamplona y Marta en Santander.
Todo por aquí va bien.
A vosotros ya se que todo os ha salido fantastico. En las fotos se os ve especialmente felices. A los niños se les ve incluso más mayores.
Seguro que todas vuestras familias están emocionadas de teneros ya en casa.
De nosotros deciros que han sido pocos días los que hemos convivido con vosotros, y nos habeis transmitido la decisión de viajar, y de hacer locuras como las vuestras.
Un saludo y un beso a todos.
Seguimos en contacto.

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