Wednesday, July 20, 2011

See ya, America

I have a million pics from our trip back home, but camera batteries are dead, the USB cord is missing, and we are exhausted, so I'll put them up later.  We spent every moment we could with our loved ones and had a blast. I'll particularly miss how my mom folds my underwear. Jack turned fifteen the other day and in the past few weeks has learned to drive a car, ride a dirtbike, and shoot skeet with a shotgun with his manly cousins. The kids have swum, kayaked, gone tubing, boating, hiking, seen their last American movie without subtitles for a long time (Harry Potter, of course), and been on four airplanes. They are great little travellers with nary a complaint, even as we sat on the tarmac at National Airport last night from 10:00 to 11:00pm, waiting for a gate to open up.  We are desperately missing our pooch, and it's hard not to go visit him at his fancy dog hotel, but I only think it would be harder on him, so we'll see him in Brazil in a few days.

Our plan was to spend one last day in the museums of DC today, but by unanimous decision we instead are spending it ordering room service, swimming, wearing our pjs, and watching $18 movies. Jack is spending the afternoon with his posse from school in Vienna. So, I bid thee farewell until we  have our internet hooked up in Brasilia, when I'm sure I'll have tales of our misadventures with the Portuguese language, as I've decided to do a crash course as we land in South America, increasing my knowledge of four words to six.  Maybe seven.

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11 comments:

3rdculturechildren.com said...

Congratulations, again! Hope you love Brasilia, as I do (grew up there, so, I'm a bit bias...) :o

Take care, Raquel

Alix Bryant said...

Best of luck Kate! Keep in touch!

Lisa said...

Good luck and safe travels. I hope you won't be long without internet. I'm looking forward to reading about your adventures.

Daniela Swider said...

Best of luck! Can't wait to hear of your adventures in Brazil!

Bfiles said...

so exciting! have a wonderful trip and can't wait til you're back to tell us all about it!

Carla @ I Run, You Run said...

Good luck! I lived in Brasilia for 7 years, and it's definitely a hard place to adjust to (everything is just soooo planned, not a normal city), but once you do, it's a wonderful life! Make sure to take a trip to Caldas Novas during the winter (natural hot springs), and don't forget trips to Rio and northeast of Brazil (Salvador, Fortaleza, Natal, Fernando de Noronha -- the most amazing place ever!, Porto de Galinhas, Maranhao...)

Sadie said...

Safe travels! (Especially for Seamus - poor guy will be all confused by the time he gets there!) Can't wait to hear tales of shoe shopping in Brazil...

Lynda said...

Welcome to your new home. So bummed I had to work so much while you were here...would have loved to have a proper visit. Thanks for staying at the HND. Come on the off-season and we'll give you a screamin' deal. Can't wait for your first post from your first post. Find us a B&B to trade lives with for a few weeks! Best wishes as you get settled....

Sadie said...

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Kim said...

Hairy Ballsack

Donna said...

Can't wait to hear what you think of your new home!