As of today, I have been back in the United States for one week. It was completely unplanned, a whirlwind rollercoaster that I think I’m finally coming up for air from. At this point it’s unclear if we’ll be returning to Macedonia. That fact hasn’t really sunk in yet, like one day I’ll wake up back in my bed in Sveti Nikole; at the same time, as we wander around the familiar streets of DC, it feels like we never left.

There’s a lot I could write about what happened (stressful and heart wrenching), the process of leaving (fast and hectic), our arrival in DC (chaotic and heartwarming), and what comes next. Maybe I’ll write about it eventually, but for now all I can say is that I’m making peace with life. I’ve been stuffing myself full of all the foods I missed, catching up with people I missed, and taking time to think about what I want my life in the near future to look like. Now that it’s happening a lot faster than I’d anticipated, that last part is pretty daunting, but I’ll sort it out. In spite of the situation, I’m feeling weirdly optimistic these days.

I hope to keep writing here like I have been for the last year, to keep having adventures and appreciating the little things in life. For now, I’m enjoying long bike rides, delicious beers, and being close to the Potomac river.


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