As most of you know, I took a short break over the summer to visit my friends and family back in Bulgaria and make a couple of other European stops. Three weeks seem like a long time, but they are never enough to do all the things I want to do and see the people I want to see. However, I ran into a problem this time. I caught myself thinking about Washington… a lot. I guess over the past year we’ve been getting under each other’s skin. While re-discovering the town through the blog, I’ve grown to love it even more, and now I even miss it when I am away…
Having two homes means having to say “Goodbye” all the time. It means many long trans-Atlantic flights. It means tears at “Departures” (I can’t escape the fact that I am a girl). It means spending time with people and wondering if you’ll ever see them again. It means packing and unpacking: clothes, toiletries, emotions. It means revisiting memories and realizing that these times are gone and things will never be the same again.
However, having two homes also means saying “Hello” all the time. It means floating in the clouds to see the ones you love. It means smiles and giggles at “Arrivals”. It means spending time with good friends and having relationships that endure the tests of distance and time. It means learning to travel light through life with less baggage. It means rekindling memories and realizing that these moments are precious and should not be taken for granted.
On a different note, having two homes can also mean having two birthday parties! Three days fresh into the country, fighting jet lag on a rainy day I found myself at the Bier Deck surrounded by lots of familiar friendly faces shouting “Surprise!” To all of you who came to my surprise birthday party and thought of me, THANK YOU! You make Washington feel like home. I had an amazing time, and I got so many wonderful gifts from the downtown merchants! I am not going to brag, I will just share some photos with you and give you some unique gift ideas your friends are going to love!
I feel grateful for all the new friends I have made. Thank you, Washington, for welcoming me as one of your own. I guess I am here to stay… at least for now. Making the best of both worlds and rediscovering the town together with you!