It’s summertime!

I am moving.

I suddenly found myself hit with the same pangs of excitement, freedom, and unknown as I faced at the end of every academic year. As students, we knew the new year brings a lot of new changes, the summer a whole time of freedom. It felt like a lifetime ago.

I am leaving Asia, after an awesome three year stint and changing venues to Europe. Now that I have less than a month to separate and organize my excessive clutter, deal with movers, wrap up loose ends at work, scan and store my life documents in a single flash drive, finish my must-do-list, I’m feeling the crunch and the denial of leaving has finally absconded. I’m hopping excited about the next chapter of my life, but beginning to realise all I will miss.

The best part is I have a summer vacation. One month of absolute freedom. Mornings to sleep in with no alarm clocks to set. My home is leased out so I will be staying with my parents. A month has the potential of us driving each other up the wall since it’s been a while since we’ve lived under the same roof for that long a length of time.

I realised in my three years as an American abroad, to many locals, I represent the United States, both willingly and unwittingly. I then realised that compared to all the parts of the world, especially Southeast Asia I had the opportunity to visit, I have seen a pitifully small portion of my home country.

It’s time to remedy that. I will spend a chunk of my new-found free time to do a cross-country drive. I want to hit the national parks. I have come to appreciate how geologically diverse the United States is. And how incredibly well-maintained, preserved, and clean it is. Now, it’s time to visit the parks.

Readers: While you will see a change of locale in my future posts, I still have a huge backlog of Asia posts to send. Asia photos are always completely in the running for the weekly challenges. I do, however, appreciate any and all feedback to what you enjoy reading so I know what would be of interest.