A Change Of Plans: Summering

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My favorite poet, Mary Oliver, says this:

“to live in this world

you must be able
to do three things
to love what is mortal;
to hold it

against your bones knowing
your own life depends on it;
and, when the time comes to let it go,
to let it go.”

Is that not the most beautiful truth bomb you’ve ever read? Our original plan for Europe in 2016 is that mortal love right now.

As many of you know, we were planning on staying in Europe for 6 months before returning to the States for the holidays. Our plans have changed, and I wanted to update everyone close to us and also those who follow our journey.

Some health problems have popped up that need to be addressed with U.S. health insurance (nothing to be alarmed about). The cost of healthcare for non-citizens in Europe is extraordinary. We feel lucky that we have the privilege of health insurance in our home country, and we will be taking advantage of it this summer – starting tomorrow when we fly home.

(NO, all you eager minds trying to guess what’s wrong, I’m 100% not pregnant and do not plan on being pregnant. You’ll have to make up a much wilder story than that!)

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At first, we were understandably bummed that our plans changed. We love Europe. ADORE IT. But we know health comes first (always!).

Once the initial sting wore off, we realized the whole point to the way we live our nomadic lives is to be free, to let the wind blow us where it wants us to go. Simply because this situation is different from our plan does not make it any less of an opportunity for wild experiences to be had.

So instead of “going to New Hampshire to get medical attention” = boring story. We will be “summering in New England.” I mean, come on, that sounds hoity-toity and delicious, right? I’ve never used a season as a verb before!

We plan to take advantage of New Hampshire’s convenient location and spend time throughout New England and New York. We even plan on visiting good ol’ Canada (You know, I have a crush on Justin Trudeu).

We’re going to hike and camp and swim and kayak. I’m going to spend long afternoons reading on a porch. Summering. Meanwhile, we will have full access to health care we can afford.

We are still planning on coming back to Europe for an extended stay. No set dates yet. I guess we will just see when the wind blows us back over the Atlantic…

12 thoughts on “A Change Of Plans: Summering

  • July 6, 2016 at 6:50 am
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    Summer sounds much more fun!
    Hope everything turns out well on the health-front and that all is okay.
    Here’s to making the most out of your change of plans!

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    • July 12, 2016 at 2:24 pm
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      Thank you so much!!! xo

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  • July 6, 2016 at 11:09 am
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    Prayers whatever health problems there are get resolved rather quickly! (: Can’t wait to see New York adventures!

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    • July 12, 2016 at 2:24 pm
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      Thanks, girl xo

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  • July 6, 2016 at 1:09 pm
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    I adore Mary Oliver-so beautiful and simple! I’m sorry you had to change your plans, but good for you guys for having such a good attitude!

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    • July 12, 2016 at 2:24 pm
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      Isn’t Mary Oliver the best? Thanks so much!!

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  • July 6, 2016 at 3:11 pm
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    I love that you have such a great outlook on this big change of plans. I hope everyone is doing okay and you will enjoy your summer in New England!

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    • July 12, 2016 at 2:24 pm
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      Thanks so much, friend!

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  • July 8, 2016 at 12:24 pm
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    You guys inspire me. Your sense of adventuring is spot on (after all – adventure can and should truly happen anywhere and everywhere). So glad you are putting health first & I’m excited you two will be able to explore a new place together! So fun. Happy summering! (I’ve never been to New England but it’s always sounded particularly dreamy. Can’t wait to follow along.)

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    • July 12, 2016 at 2:23 pm
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      Thanks, sweet friend!

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