Well, we're a little (only six hours or so!) late leaving Austin today. The house is packed up, for the most part, though there are probably still several hours of work left to do. I'm notoriously bad at estimating time.
We've been here five years - long enough for the town to finally begin feeling like home. Behind us we leave good friends and, for the most part, good memories; but it's definitely time to get a move on.
This was our first house out of college, and the first one we lived in as a married couple. It's a strange feeling, closing a chapter of life like this, but since what we're moving on to is Florence, Italy, I'm not feeling too too much pain.
(aerial view of Florence from the top of the duomo)
I liked it in Austin, but wow am I excited to be moving to a place that has seasons.
(cheese at the mercato centrale, florence)
There may not be any posts here for several weeks - we have some in the pipeline that need a little tweaking, so while those may go up, we likely won't have any major updates until after August 21st, the day we (hopefully) move into our apartment in Italy.
(at the mercato centrale, florence)
I won't lie to you - this doesn't even seem real. It was a dream for so long, that even after we started planning the move in earnest, there was a large part of me that still didn't think it would happen.
Of course, I can't get too worked up yet, as we still don't have our visas... we're going to the consulate in Houston tomorrow to see what's up.
I know moving to Italy is likely to cause us a mite of culture shock, but you have to get shocked out of your routine every once in a while to remain alive, I think.
Goodbye, Austin; hello, Florence!