Charles has gotten a new job at the University of Freiburg in Germany, and so we are moving back to Europe on March 31st (yes, the tickets are booked!). For the third time in 7 years we are packing our bags, storing and selling and giving away our belongings and crossing the atlantic ocean to explore what it's like living in the sunniest city in Germany, Freiburg. Luckily, after 3 years in Vienna, Austria, we have a pretty good handle on the language—we can do our banking, buy groceries and make small, boring, chit chat, are accustomed to—nay, looking forward to—the piles of paper work that await us, and would never expect to get anything done on a Sunday. So far, so good...
To be honest, I'm really excited about the move. We sort of reach a point after 3 years in one place where we both get ants in our pants and are ready for the next adventure. I know that to others it sometimes sounds a little crazy, that moving from one life to another so frequently can seem jarring, that starting over somewhere where you are so clearly a foreigner, where you haven't mastered the language or culture, where you don't know a soul, can seem odd. And I get it, I understand. Because it is all those things, it's hard and I will cry and be stressed and worry about every little thing leading up to the move and once we arrive, but the overwhelming feeling surrounding this move is adventure. This is life. The big moves, hard choices and new situations are what challenge us to grow, to push forward and what ultimately bring us closer together.
The most exciting part about moving to Freiburg (besides the fact that it sounds like an amazing city) is that we get to share a new adventure with Edwin. We are heading back to Europe one team member stronger, with one more friend, one more adventurer. I am so excited to see how he will respond to his new city, and to share this journey with him.
I never list travelling as one of my hobbies—compared to seasoned travellers Charles and I don't quite stack up—but I think I might start listing international moving as one.