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Three weeks from today…I’ll be back in America

Museum of Science - United StatesWell, the time had to come at some point.

Three weeks from today I’ll be back in America. The last time I had my feet on American soil was in May 2010—nearly 18 full months out of the country. It’s without a doubt the longest time I’ve been away from “home” and I’m excited to be going back.

But don’t get too excited yet, America. It’s just for a two week holiday. I’ll be flying from Berlin to Dallas, Texas to see my family. While I have two weeks in the country before returning to Germany, I’m not entirely sure where else I’ll be visiting just yet. It’s not really a homecoming of sorts, but more like a vacation.

Last summer when I was beginning to put together some plans for my future, I didn’t really have an idea of where or what I’d be doing. When I was in Vietnam looking for last-minute flights to just about anywhere (seriously, anywhere), I could’ve ended up on just about any continent.
When in Asia, I checked flights to random South American cities, to Guatemala, and to places a little bit closer as well. In the end, I ended up on a flight to Europe. It was supposed to be a transitory period until my return to America. But, as you’re probably aware…plans can change. Fast forward nearly six months later and I’m still in Europe. Most of those six months spent just here, living in Berlin.

What will I do in America?

Well, for one, I’ll be eating a lot of turkey. Since deciding to apply for a visa that would allow me to stay in Germany for longer than a tourist, I’ve known for a while that I’d be going home for one of the holidays this year—and it’d just be too hard to miss yet another Thanksgiving. Last year I was in Delhi, India for the holiday. It was nice and all, but it’ll be even nicer to see my family and friends again.

With two weeks in America I’m not sure where or what else I’ll be up to besides turkey-eating and (possibly) buying an iPhone. I seem to remember it’s a rather large country. And with friends scattered across the continent (from Boston to Seattle) and my family in even more distant places, I really have no clue how much I’ll be able to do. But I’m fairly certain I won’t go this long (18 months) without being in America again. So if I miss you this time around, don’t fret too much—I’ll be back.


  1. Juno Kim says:

    Welcome home! :) 

  2. Vivek says:

    please let us know if you come to Boston!

    • Adam says:

      Of course! I really, really, really, really want to get to Boston so hopefully I can find a way to make it happen :)

  3. Jaime says:

    It’s gonna be awesome. After 4 months on the road I went home and loved it… I’m sure it’s gonna be even better after 18 months away!!!

  4. Heather says:

    If you’d be home longer and somehow found yourself in DC, we’d have to meet up :-)

    Enjoy the time with family –I understand missing Thanksgiving…was super hard for me last year. Glad you’ll be able to continue your travels too :-)

    • Adam says:

      Yeah, I’ve now missed two Thanksgivings in my life – not ready yet for the third so am excited to be back home!

  5. Hey just found your blog through twitter. I like it, look forward to reading more, have a great time back home :)

  6. Edna says:

    I’m home at the moment, same deal – first time in the US since leaving in June 2010, more a vacation than a homecoming, and my friends are scattered all over! All I can say is, two weeks is definitely not as long as I thought it would be to see people and get things done. And I totally agree – I won’t wait another 18 months to come back!

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