Big time news and a big time adventure. The ‘somewhere’ in Our Sweet Somewhere is about to change from Columbus, Ohio to The Eternal City!
This big (and once thought as a farfetched) idea started back in October when I (Kate) came across a program at the American University of Rome in Food Studies. After talking it over with Anthony I decided to apply assuming I may not even hear back, let alone ever be considered. Then, in February, I received an email that I was selected to be interviewed. I was ecstatic. I spoke on the phone with the director of Graduate Studies and two weeks later I got an email congratulating me on my acceptance. Can you believe it?! I am moving to Rome! (dies from excitement)
If you have seen any other posts about our adventures, you know it is what we live for and a huge part of what this blog is all about. This, by far, is about to be our biggest adventure yet.
I don’t want to downplay this though. We are going to have to hurdle over some massive road blocks and maneuver through some big time challenges. Relocating to Italy with only slightly over four months to plan for it is nothing short of insane and the six-mile long to-do list to prepare is growing by the minute. (Really, only a slight exaggeration in that last sentence.) Also, my loving and amazing husband is leaving a safe and secure job to embark on this wild ride with me…jobless. Have I mentioned how much I love this man? Well, I do.
But, aside from the mounds of visa and citizenship paperwork that has consumed our dining room table and the mental battle I have already started on what shoes are really necessary to bring along, I wouldn’t do this any other way. We are crazy in the eyes of some to leave, but we are crazier in our own eyes to say no.
And now, some beautiful pictures taken by my amazing sister-in-law (the pretty one smiling in front of the Florence countryside) on her last visit to Italy. Someday I will have my own to share, but until I do you will just have to drool over third party photos with me.
Friday is almost here, and we are less than twelve hours away from our weekend adventure of meeting “half way” in Morgantown, WV! Since choosing this location, we’ve researched a ton of info on the many things to do and places to see in this awesome little-big town from local boutiques and antiques to breweries and state parks. The hard part now is just figuring out how we’ll be able to cram it all into one weekend!
We’ve come up with this Morgantown mood board to help get us inspired even more for our visit to this beautiful city (and maybe inspire you too for your next #adventuresomewhere getaway?)! Is there anything else we should make sure to include in this little corner of the wild and wonderful state of West Virginia? If so, let us know and we will be sure to add it to our ever-growing list!
We’ll be posting snapshots and updates on our travels to Morgantown all weekend through our Instagram and Twitter accounts; be sure to check out our #adventuresomewhere and #30photosaseason tags to see what we’ll be up to next!
We are way excited about this. Like, WAY. We started Our Sweet Somewhere as a place for us to collaborate, create, inspire each other (maybe a few others?), and just let loose as friends. Because our homes are about a six-and-a-half hour drive apart, we don’t get to see each other nearly as much as we would prefer. But one evening during one of our frequent FaceTime dates, we mentioned how amazing it would be if we could meet for a weekend “half way“.
That idea was born, and it is now finally coming to life!
We will be meeting half way, in Morgantown, WV on the weekend of November 8th for our very first #adventuresomewhere getaway! This little-big city looks like it will be the perfect place for us to begin our first of many weekend adventures together. We’ve decided to find a place by using Air B&B, (a first experience for us as well) and will be staying downtown near West Virginia University‘s campus; this will also allow us to be surrounded by all of the awesome university town shops! While in the area, we are hoping to meet up with any local or nearby instagrammers too! Just based off of our research, Morgantown looks like it’ll have some amazing photo-opportunities between downtown Morgantown and the West Virginian mountains. If you’re free on November 8th and are interested in meeting up, please let us know!
In the following weeks before we head out on our trip, we will be sharing some of the things that have inspired us about the city of Morgantown, but would love to hear some of your input too. Please leave us a comment or send us an email if you have any recommendations of places to see or do in this wonderful town!
As always, we cannot wait to share our details on the blog, Instagram , and Twitter accounts.
The time is finally here! After months and months of talking about it and weeks and weeks of counting down the days in my planner, my dearest Jamie and her lovely Scott will be in the same state as me this weekend! In anticipation of their trip, I have planned a little road trip mixtape to listen to on their drive to the Midwest.