Sunday, March 27, 2011

You Can’t Handle the Truth!

Well…I’m trying to handle it. The time has come for me to say good-bye. I’m sad my European adventures and time with my Love is ending, but I know I was blessed and appreciate the opportunity. We’ve explored so many places within Germany and Europe that we’ve tracked our walks and they totaled approximately 210 miles since January 9. I’ve been pretty proud of our footage. Here’s a recap of the journeys we took over the past 5 months: (Germany) Hattingen, Essen, Monschau, Plettenberg, Bochum, Krefeld-Lynn, Wuppertal, Munster, Dusseldorf, Cologne, Dortmund, Kempen, Schloss Burg, Altenberg; (Luxembourg) Luxembourg; (Scotland) Edinburgh, (England) Windsor, (Spain) Roses, Cadaques, Figueres, Barcelona, Girona, Banyoles, Besalu; (Belgium) Brugge; (Holland) Amsterdam, Venlo, Domburg, Zoutelande; (Italy) Lake Garda, Verona, Bologna; and (Sweden) Stockholm, Trosa, Nykoping. I want to thank you all for following us in our travels.

As an update to my “I Got Your Back” post, I haven’t shed my weight like Germany shed the snow, but I haven’t gained either. See how I made that a positive. ;) At the present time, I am unable to sell my condo due to unforeseen matters. Once those unforeseen matters are cleared up, I will put it on the market. For anyone looking for a condo on the south side of Chicago in a historic part of town, and within walking distance to the train, shoot me an email and maybe we can work something out.

At the present time, my Love has not found a teaching position in the U.S. What this means is that he will be coming to the U.S. with me through the month of April for his spring break and student exchange excursion, but will return to Germany in May. I will look for a job, hopefully freelance or within the Chicago downtown area, while he finishes out his school year in Germany. If he still doesn’t have a teaching position in the U.S. by summer, he will come in July during his summer break and then return to Germany at the end of August—another year of separation.

It will be a tough year for us, so I ask you to send good thoughts our way…or a job. LOL! Anyhow, this will be my last post before I leave for the States on Friday. I wish you all a safe and awesome week.

Bea, who is looking forward to a shower without a hunched ceiling.


  1. safe travels, tot.

    check in when you get back, eh?


  2. I'm sorry things still aren't working out for him with a job or you selling your place. Hopefully it'll come together soon. You are getting awesome experiences out of it in the mean time. Things will fall into place soon! I'll miss my pics! Welcome home :)

  3. Hey cray! Thanks for the well wishes. I will check in when I hit the ground…or the next day after sleeping for 24 hours.

    AB, Thanks, lady, I appreciate it. Yes, it’s too bad, but I have faith that it will all work out. Hopefully not when we’re ready to retire. I’m looking forward to going home.

  4. Aw, Bea, that song just kills me! I listened to it in the background while I read your post, and I felt a pang in my heart for you two love birds who will have to be separated. I didn't realize you were only in Europe temporarily. Like June said, I'm sure it will all come together for you soon.

    In the meantime, you're coming back to sweet home Chicago...and that's gotta make a girl a teeny bit happy. Bittersweet, right?

    Safe travels & looking forward to hearing from you when you're settled back in. Hope you didn't pack away your parka. Still chilly here...


  5. Bea again many thanks for sharing your travel pictures and descriptions. Have a safe trip back. When you both can find the time, I like to take you guys to lunch. Let me know.

    Take care,

  6. Barb, Well if you felt the pang in my heart with what I wrote and the song, then I accomplished expressing how I feel. Yes, I only received an extension in Germany until April. Since I need to get back to get a job to continue paying for my condo, I couldn’t request another extension.

    I am coming back and looking forward to it. I have plenty of things I have to do, and continue to work hard on all of it, so maybe a teeny time is needed. I’m just hoping it’s just the summer that will keep us apart.

    Thanks for all your well wishes. Aw man, I was hoping it would be nice like here. ;)

    Veejay, Thank you for coming along with us. I will definitely get in touch for lunch. Take care and thank you for everything.

  7. I love how we have that in common. Sometimes music is so helpful to express exactly the sentiment we feel deep within. You picked the perfect song.

    *giggles* . . . I just now saw your final line about the shower! When you get back home, stand tall and stretch it, baby! :P