Back in the USA

After a 13-hour bus ride, over 24 hours of flying, two layovers, one jet lagged day in Florida, and 9 hours on I-95, I'm finally, triumphantly sitting in my new place in North Carolina. My furniture isn't here yet so I'm sitting on the floor, but still!

People have been asking, "So? How was it?" and I don't really know what to say. Backpacking through Thailand was something I've wanted to do for years, and it was just as awesome as I had hoped it would be. It was my first non-work-related international trip, my first time traveling for longer two weeks, and my first time visiting a non-English-speaking country. It's impossible for all of that to not be life-changing, and I'm so happy I took a risk and decided to go.

I'll share a few of my favorite adventures from my trip over the next few weeks.  

Hiking in Ang Thong

Hiking in Ang Thong

The evening after I got home, we rented a car and decided to attempt the drive from Florida to North Carolina. It meant I'd be driving through the night, but nighttime here still feels like the middle of the day for me. We got to our new place at about 7 in the morning yesterday.

And now, I'm eying my next adventure:


Just 14 weeks of training stands between me and crossing the Verrazano.