It’s amazing how technology seems to shorten distance and time.
We’d not been back to the US in over 15 months, but it felt as if no time passed when we visited in July for my Brother’s wedding, and a week-long visit with the in-laws. We kept commenting on how email, skype and the ability to call everyone truly makes the distance seem like nothing. I can’t imagine how different things were just a few decades ago, when a letter might take 3 weeks to arrive.
The wedding in Michigan was absolutely fantastic. The bride and groom were glowing, the location couldn’t be beat, and being a part of it meant so much to both of us. We had a glorious week on Lake Huron, complete with boat rides, jumps off of the infamous lighthouse (I skipped this time due to a special little one, but I received my badge of honor a few years ago!), visits with friends, family and lovable dogs. There’s something so special about the Great Lakes…I feel like they’re this hidden gem of the US- a secret summer wonderland that gets overlooked, but has some of the best water sports and summer fun around. We’re talking huge bodies of fresh, clear water with no critters that will sting, bite or kill you. It’s not crowded, not expensive, and did I mention the stars at night? What more could you want?
Congrats to the Bride and Groom. We couldn’t be happier for you!
After the wedding festivities, we headed to Maine, where we met up with my in-laws in Boothbay Harbor. It was the first time to Maine for both of us, and I’m pretty sure I could live there. WOW, it’s stunning. The houses, waterfront, nature, lobster, adorable accents and CHOWDA are just so…charming. We rented a cottage for the week, which sat on a small, warm lake that was perfect for swimming. We visited the HUGE LL Bean store in Freeport, shopped for the baby, went on an unsuccessful, yet fun whale watching adventure,fished for mackerel and the Mr. showed off his campfire-making skills each night.
Dear Maine- you’re another well-kept secret in the USA! P.S.- damn your delicious, calorie-filled whoopie pies!
Special thank you to BOTH families and all of our friends for the surprise baby showers and thoughtful gifts! It meant so much to us.
Things feel different now, but I guess that’s to be expected. While being in the USA and spending time with friends and family means so much to us, we were excited to be back home in Beijing. And yep, it absolutely feels like home now.
You’d think touching down in a hot and sticky, 99 percent humidity with an insane crush of people in an hour-long taxi line might put us off, but nope.
Sure, I sometimes wish I could just drive to the local Whole Foods, understand conversations, and not have to worry about whether or not our electricity (especially our a/c) will last throughout the night before I can spend a few hours figuring out how to add more, but….
We were giggling like kids yesterday while we ate our street cart breakfast, visited the farmer’s market, and stopped by the flower market, snickering at the guys in their ‘Beijing Bikinis’ before getting a much-needed foot massage.
There’s just something about being here, right now, that is so special.