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Moving across the world for love

August 9, 2017

Imagine that you wake up one morning and you know that by the end of that day, nothing will ever really be the same again. That was me on Saturday morning, the 5th of August. I woke up in my giant bed in Brussels, in my cozy bedroom, for the last time ever. With a heart full of excitement and a bit of flight anxiety, I got up and got ready to move myself and all of my stuff to Wisconsin, USA to be with my fiancรฉ. If you follow me on twitter, or if you follow this blog, you’ll know that my fiancรฉ Dylan and I have been together for more than four years. The majority of our relationship has been long-distance, so finally being able to close that gap forever was huge for us. It was an exciting morning, to say the least.

I hopped on my first flight, and to my surprise, I was bumped up into a first class seat. My stomach was in knots as I was imagining what the flight from Brussels to Iceland would be like. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not afraid of the plane falling out of the sky – I just feel VERY uncomfortable during turbulence. There was a man sat next to me, and we happened to be wearing the same shoes (Converse, heck yeah!), so we started to chat. Our conversation ended up lasting for the whole three hours of the flight which I am so grateful for because he kept me very calm. The landing was a bit bumpy, but I made it out without any tears. Rip a lesson out of my book, always ask for help when you’re scared – you might end up making a new friend!

Iceland was pretty cool, but I was too freaked out from the shakey landing to take any photos. There were volcanoes and steam coming out of the ground, and I was humming some Sigur Rรณs while I made my way to my next gate. Knowing that only 6 more hours of flying stood between me and Dylan was enough to keep me calm. The next flight wasn’t as eventful but we did fly over Greenland which was INCREDIBLE. Never in my life have I witnessed anything as cool as the view from my airplane window, just look at these completely unedited iPhone photos!

Upon landing in the USA, I got through immigration very quickly. I waited until Dylan and his mom parked their car and came to grab me and my bags from my gate. Something that neither Dylan or I expected, is that seeing each other doesn’t feel like we haven’t been together in months. It just feel calm, right, and comfortable. We hugged, and kissed, and I tried my best to stay awake as much as I could after being up for 24 hours. Dylan’s mom treated us to a quick dinner on the road (thank you!!!), and then we proceeded to drive for hours until we finally made it to our new little home in La Crosse, Wisconsin.

 

 

Dylan and I, seeing each other at the airport.

The past few days here have been really lovely. We stocked our pantry, made our home as cozy as we could in a day or two, and got some much-needed family time at Dylan’s sister’s house for dinner! I’m just getting settled into the new place, but once everything simmers down, I’ll be back to posting regularly on here. For now, I’m getting ready for my 24th birthday on Sunday, my best friend and family visiting next week, AND OUR WEDDING NEXT WEEKEND ON THE 19th.

No big deal, huh? ๐Ÿ˜‰

Stay tuned for that, and a little apartment tour coming soon!

xox,
Srna

 

 

Happiness Travel

If We Were Having Coffee..

July 27, 2017

Before I jump into this post, I want to thank Rachel from No Space For Milk for tagging me in her’s. After you’re done having a cup of coffee with me, go and have a one-sided chat with her, on her blog!

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If we were having coffee…

I would take you to OR Coffee, my favorite coffee shop in Brussels. We’d have a giggle about the chalkboard sign out front that always has a witty comment doodled on it, and made our way in. As soon as we walk in, we’d go straight to the counter and have a quick look through the menu – even though I often go for the same thing. I’ll ask the awesome girls behind the counter how they’re doing, before blurting out “One soy cappuccino please”. You may go ahead and place your order, and I’ll be happy to pay for the both of us. It’s an honor to hang out with you!

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If we were having coffee..

We would sit down at one of the four-person tables on the back wall. I’d swing my backpack on one of the empty chairs and sit down right across from you. I imagine you’d comment something about the cafe and its appearance. My favorite thing about OR Coffee is that it’s cozy, calming, and never too loud (even when it’s crammed).

If we were having coffee..

I would ask you what you like doing in your free time. You would probably tell me what your day job is but I’d push past that and pick your passions apart. Don’t be scared, I would do it in the best way possible. Passionate people inspire my creativity, which gets me excited about life, and thus makes me a pretty chatty and fun person to talk to. If you happen to be a little shy, don’t worry – there’s never any awkward silence with me. I can talk your ear off, if I must, but I’d love it way more if you had things to discuss!

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If we were having coffee..

We would talk about books. What’s the best book you’ve ever read? Are books not your thing? You can tell me your favorite song. I would tell you what songs and artists make my arms tingle and my heart beat faster. I’m also a sucker for incredible lyrics, and I could tell you a few of my favorites off the top of my head. But I won’t scare you, I’d really just want to feel out what you’re interested in.

If we were having coffee..

..and there was a person with a dog nearby, I would get up and ask if I could pet the dog. You may join me, or you can wait for me to return. I’ll be a minute.

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If we were having coffee…

I would tell you about every place I’ve lived or traveled to. If there are any places you’re keen to hear more about, I’ll happily go on about the incredible memories I’ve gathered from there. I can recommend bookshops, cafes, bars, and hidden little sights – just ask. I would ask you where you’ve traveled before, and if there are any places you’d want to visit next. If you’d ask me the same question, I would tell you all about my dream to road trip through the USA. Sound like a fun one, no?

 

Until next time,
Srna