And then ... we went back home.
Trip Start Jun 25, 2008
77Trip End Sep 01, 2008
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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
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!