Tickets and visas and boxes

Coming to you this morning from my living room floor. That's right, floor and I couldn't be happier. We've finally moved into our new apartment and it's glorious. The apartment isn't anything extraordinary, and we have no furniture yet, but it just feels so incredibly good to be settled, to have a home base. My Anthropologie wedding dishes are about the only kitchen item I have unpacked besides coffee cups. We finally christened those dishes the other night with a freezer pizza no less. I've spent the last week unpacking boxes of stuff I haven't seen in over a year. It's felt like Christmas- because I couldn't remember what anything was behind all the bubble wrap, except everything has sentimental memories. You could hear me "aaawwing" from the kitchen all night.

Moving from our beach bungalow in Vero Beach last September, it feels like I'm unpacking little pieces of myself that seem to scream: I don't care if it snows here, I'll dry my tears with all my seashells. I must confess that I have about 4 large boxes of seashells. It seems sand is spilling out of every box I pick up, which it is, because I have a random bag of sand, piece of sea-glass or seashell in every box. Going through our picture frames last night, looking for a good one for my love to take to his office, I realized every single picture of us is in our bathing suits- at times looking completely un-clothed. Needless to say, not an appropriate "office photo" for a Midwest office. Unpacking has been refreshing. Small reminder of who I am, where I've been, where I come from. 

Besides unpacking, we've been running around like chickens with our heads cut off getting ready for our trip to South America. That's right, SOUTH AMERICA!! We are going to be traveling through Colombia, Chile, and Brazil. We actually had to take a spur-of-the-moment trip to Chicago this week just to apply in person for our visas to Brazil. I posted this earlier this week, but I always get nervous when I hand my passport over to a consulate with the words, "I'll mail it back". We're leaving in just under two weeks and I can honestly say I've been dreaming of going to South America, specifically Colombia, since I was in high school. My heart is almost thumping out of my chest with excitement at the thought of getting to see this side of the world. 

Any advice on what to see, where to eat, what to do is greatly appreciated! As usual you can follow all my adventures on instagram in real time as I will be posting photos as we travel from country to country. Thank you to all my lovely readers for your sweet comments and emails lately. I love hearing from you.