when i said adventure, this was not what i had in mind. (plus before pics!)

i just got in from a few moments of solitude of sipping wine on my balcony (eeee! i have a balcony!) as the rain fell. it’s dark out, and yet i could still see some of the silhouette of the nearby mountain. beautiful. it’s so good to be surrounded by these ancient, mysterious, lush mountains.

i sat on the balcony because i needed a few moments to just breathe. to stop doing all the crazy stuff i’ve been doing at full speed for the past week. i don’t function like that. i can’t function like that. my body & brain just give out on me. and i become an emotional wreck. at some point i have to slow myself back down. so, my 15 minutes on the porch was a chance to do just that.

and now i’m here. writing at my new desk. making my first greeting to the world from my new little corner. a place that i know will be one of inspiration, rest, and soul-searching. i don’t know how, but i just know it will be. or…. it is. already. and i’m feeling quite touched and at peace right now.

but, it has been a whirlwind lately. let me put it this way: from the moment i landed on US soil, the only luck i have had is the bad kind. and challenge after challenge has been put in my path. however, with every single challenge and every single stroke of bad luck, there has also been a person, or several people, who have surfaced and made everything better. and most of them have been strangers, reminding me why i love the relaxed, carefree, friendly spirit of americans.

with all of the whirlwinded-ness of the past few days, i am exhausted, so i give myself permission to be brief as i share with y’all little snippits of stories. here’s what’s been coming my way

lina was whisked away into an interview room with the US immigration people. (i’ll let her tell her story however she wants, if she wants). anyway, she was gone for about 45 minutes to an hour. for. real. and i was freaking out. worried. and trying to round up 8 pieces of luggage on my own. plus find our cat. long story short, i got the luggage of a cart, dragged some of it, and found the cat. just before i got to zola, all the luggage fell off. all freaking over the place. two very nice men helped me gather everything and one of them went to get zola and brought her to me. then i had an emotional meltdown while waiting to see if lina found where i was. she did find me, and was allowed to stay. so, after holding me a few minutes, we continued our journey to border patrol to declare zola and hopefully not have to explain everything we had packed if they searched our bags.

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next up was the car rental and road trip experience. if you know me, you know i loooove road trips. like double love. i had to leave zola & my love in one place and find my way to another place on the airport grounds to get the car. of course the trains were broken and it was 103 F/35 C outside. the car rental place would not take my debit card. they wanted a credit. i had lina’s, but they wouldn’t let me use it. then, after a while, they ok’d me and i found myself realizing that now i had to drive back to my love and find my way through the airport by car. i succeeded. we loaded up, and headed out of dodge!

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the drive through new jersey & pennsylvania was gorgeous. we pumped up the music and enjoyed life a little. then i started to get tired. like majorly. eventually, after much debate, we decided to spend the night someone instead of driving and arriving at 3-4am. the first place didn’t allow cats. the second did. so, we plopped into bed and i zonked out. totally spent. 

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friday morning (the day after our flight & planned arrival) we woke at 5am and headed out to the car to get on the road again. luckily no one stole all of our luggage that we left in the car overnight. whew. i drove and drove and drove. and felt nauseous. and weak. and not anything like myself. i wondered how it could have gone from such amazing-ness to these moments of feeling like i can’t hold anything down or keep my eyes open to drive. but, i fought on. and kept driving.

then we got to north carolina. lina needed to stop at the first rest stop about 1 mile into nc, and, well, let me just say this: as soon as i got into nc, i puked. ugh. 

after the rest stop, we were stopped in traffic for a whole freaking hour. unbelievable. stopped. and i was sick. and it was hot. oh lord, i thought this trip would never end. i began to wonder if our new apartment and life in asheville even existed.

but we did make it! and we jumped right in by getting new phones, a tv, and freaking out when we saw the amazing-ness of our apartment.

i still felt like crap and i so wanted to soak up every single second of our first day in asheville, instead of almost fainting in the electronics store. i was really irritated with myself, but i knew that my body was talking to me. my body and my mind were trying to catch up to all that was happening. reality was too much for me to soak in. so, i nearly crashed…. but, i didn’t. instead, i slept. and i woke on saturday refreshed and feeling like myself, ready to tackle the next day of gathering & shopping.

then, came sunday. IKEA day. i thought everything’d be fine. we had a plan. but, that plan fell right on through, and we were left with a shitload of ikea furniture and boxes (really heavy stuff) and no where to go. we still needed to buy things, but we couldn’t leave our purchases anywhere. they wouldn’t let us. and it didn’t fit into the jeep. and our second vehicle couldn’t make it to help us out now.

so, we took the bull by the horns and i googled rental trailers and got myself a trailer hitched to the back of the jeep. gassed that baby up in the middle of the ghetto, hoping i wouldn’t be shot, and went to pick up lina & the furniture. of course, when we were ready to leave, there was a serious lightening storm that lasted about 45 minutes. and it was getting dark. and we didn’t have brake lights on this trailer. and we had to drive 2 hours. and it would be illegal.

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needless to say, after shopping, buying, hauling, moving, lifting, carrying, driving, and solving every problem that came our way together, i have come to the conclusion, that i can do anything. i can face any single challenge that stares me in the face. and if i have lina with me, then i can tackle absolutely anything for sure.

so, today, i begged to stay home. and we did. though we have been busy non-stop since about 7am. putting together all of that furniture. but, it’s done…. thanks to my love. and to my brother & my parents for their help at different times today. we’re all set. furniture is in place, and now the fun decorating awaits.

but, before i get ahead of myself, i thought i’d show you the before photos i took… to give you a little taste of what’s to come…

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thanks for sharing the journey with me, friends. now, i’m gonna make my way back out to my balcony for a few minutes of nighttime meditation, courtesy of the amazing full moon hanging in the sky directly over my balcony.

wishing you adventures and sunshine. love & peace.

0 comments

  1. SopranoOut says:

    Woah. That’s about all I can say. Also WELCOME!!

  2. luggagelady says:

    Ahhhhhh — Welcome home. Relax (as oxymoron as that may sound) and savor… 🙂

  3. So glad you’ve arrived and are safe and Lola seems to like her new window!

    Settle in. I can’t wait for more!

  4. Whew! I got exhausted *reading* about that. Dang girl! Thank goodness you had Lina there to help you get through, and vice versa. 🙂 Welcome (back) to America! I’ll be thinking of you and sending you lots of good vibes! <3

    • liz says:

      Lina has been my rock, for real. 🙂 Thanks for the welcome! It feels so great to be back! I truly appreciate the thoughts and vibes, and I’m sending them right back atcha, chica!

  5. Holly says:

    So lovely to see you getting settled! Amazing that you managed to move right into your apartment – saves any limbo time! When does Lina start uni? What’s your summer plans looking like now?

    • liz says:

      I know, Holly. We have been so lucky on that front. It is a real luxury. Lina starts Aug 16, so we’ve got a little time before then to relax and spend a week at my parents’ home at the beach. And in the middle of that, I gotta get a job!! 🙂

      • Holly says:

        Sounds perfect Liz. Moving straight in means you can instantly start forming your new life, rather than waiting in Limbo and getting itchy feet.
        Enjoy your couple of weeks, and good luck on the job front!

  6. congratulations, girls 🙂 x

  7. carissalick says:

    Wow. Bad luck indeed!! Good job managing to survive all of that! I’m glad things finally seem to be settling down. The apartment looks fantastic!

    • liz says:

      thank you, carissa! how are things working out in your new home?! hope you’re settling in and enjoying it. kram!

  8. Welcome back Liz! Hope your luck improves, but so glad you can see the positives in the situation.

  9. Congrats on making it, through everything, to your new balcony! It’ll all look up from here 😉

  10. ashleypaige4 says:

    What a journey! Glad you’ve made it safely in the states! Your apartment will be so beautiful and WELCOME HOME Liz and Lina! 🙂

    • liz says:

      Awww… thanks, Paige. I can’t wait to take photos and such. And, of course, anytime you wanna take a road trip to the Great Smoky Mountains, you have a place to stay!

      • ashleypaige4 says:

        I’m totally going to take you up on that! The Carolinas are the only two states in the continental US I haven’t been. Plus, I want to meet you two lovebirds in person!

  11. Ulrika says:

    Oj, oj, oj. Vilken resa, alla kategorier!! Skönt att ni börjar komma tillrätta nu. Längtar efter att få komma och hälsa på! Kram

  12. […] I haven’t given you an update here at all, but now I’m in the States and have been here for almost a week! The flight over was really good, and then the adventure started (which you can read more about on Liz’ blog, here). […]

  13. poetlandia says:

    I am so sorry you had so many hassles ESPECIALLY at the airport but also not feeling well (remember to hydrate when it’s hot, by the time you’re thirsty, you are already dehydrated … I’ve lived in deserts a lot, what can I say.)

    But your apartment and the furniture and the cat on the windowsill and the peak of the pool and the fact that you have a balcony? YAY!

    Welcome home.

    • liz says:

      thank you for your words, wisdom, and kind welcome home. i feel your hospitality. thinking of you right now too.

  14. Laura4NYC says:

    Wow, what a journey! I’m sorry it went that way (especially with feeling sick and gassing up in the “ghetto”) but what doesn’t kill ya makes you stronger, right?! I hope the next week will be better when settling in (well, if you can even call it that because that might take months) and exploring your new town. Which airport did you land at?

    • liz says:

      we landed at newark, where we usually fly in to. and i am so glad that whole journey is over. things are settling in great, and we are feeling so thankful to be living in asheville again! you gotta plan your trip down. 😉

  15. Murderingtime says:

    Too much Liz! You poor bugger! Your determination gives me admiration.

    • liz says:

      Well, I suppose it was sheer determination to see this dream through. Still working on it too. 🙂 Thank you!

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