Oh America, how we missed you…

And we’re back!

That’s right, after 4 short weeks traveling the eastern half of the United States, we are back in Groningen.  We technically made it back two weeks ago, but it’s taken some time to get caught up on sleep/work/day-to-day life.  As to be expected, we have lots to share, which means multiple posts.  However, for now I’ll keep it simple and just recap the past month (Whitney will follow with more specific and exciting news).

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Major stops highlighted: 11 diferent states visited

It all started one cool, dark December day in northeastern Holland.  Our story begins in the city of Groningen, in a small, one bedroom apartment just outside of city center.  After months of planning, we were finally preparing to head back to the U.S. (the first time in 18 months!).  However, not everyone in the Wright/Crosson household was so excited…

Don’t worry, she was well taken care of while we were away!

Our journey began with an early morning drive to Amsterdam, followed by flights to Munich, Germany and then finally on to Charlotte, NC.

All told, it is about 24 hours from start to finish.  Despite the long trip, we were warmly greeted!

Way too blury, but I guess that’s to be expected in the excitment of seeing family after 1.5 years.  Whitney jump-hugging her mom, while mine hurries past.

Now I could continue on in chronoligical order of our entire 4 week trip, but that would take forever! So instead, I’ll categorize, mostly sharing pictures.

First and foremost, we got to spend time with family (the following of which is only a sample – aka when we remembered to take pictures)!

We saw friends (and met new additions)!

We spent time in our old stomping grounds, Pittsburgh!

We spent lots of time driving and thus had many unplanned stops along the way (only one of which we have photographic evidence of)!

Whitney had a birthday (30!)….

….and quickly embraced this new step in life.

And finally, we ended back where we began: Charlotte!

Interesting side note: we’ve always wondered if upgrading seats for long flights is worth it.  The verdict? Totally worth it! Sooo much leg room!

So there you have it: 4 weeks of friends and family as told with minimal text and lots of pictures.  To say that we enjoyed our time in the U.S. is an understatement.  We have been looking forward to it since the day we moved and it did not dissappoint!  To all of those that we were unable to see this trip, it’s definitely happening next time! In the meantime, planes also fly this direction….hint hint. We love visitors!

Coming soon: Whitney will follow with a more detailed post of trip specifics.

Looking ahead: 2016 is shaping up to be a fun-filled year. Stay tuned for some new travel adventures and other randomness!

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Did I hear you say more travel?!?

Until next time,

Shane

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We are two Americans living in the Netherlands with our fat cat, Meatball. The Shwits is a diary of our time abroad!

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