Roma, Italia- Una Bella Città (Rome, Italy- A Beautiful City)

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.

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Mixtape: #adventuresomewhere Morgantown, WV

MIXTAPE #adventuresomewhere in Morgantown

In less than a week we will be heading out to meet each other half way between our homes in the wonderful town of Morgantown, WV for our very first #adventuresomewhere getaway! We’ve already created an awesome list of places to see and explore while we’re there, but will save those details for our next post! Until then, please enjoy this mixtape made by yours truly of some of our favorite bluesy-folk-loving-traveling tunes to jam to.

xo,

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New Things Happening! #adventuresomewhere

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!

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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.

xo,
J&K

Shenandoah: Camping + Engaged

This past weekend, Scott and I went on our annual camping trip to Shenandoah National Park to celebrate our 7 year anniversary and enjoyed a wonderful two days together up in the mountains. If you follow me on Instagram, then you also know that we are now engaged! He caught me by surprise, and got down on one knee to propose while we were taking pictures for our upcoming Christmas card (or so I thought at the time)! I am still in absolute awe over how much thought he put into this moment. Below is a round-up of some of my favorite snapshots from our mini-weekend getaway:

Shenandoah: Camping + Engaged

Shenandoah: Camping + Engaged

Shenandoah: Camping + Engaged

Shenandoah: Camping + Engaged

Shenandoah: Camping + Engaged

Shenandoah: Camping + Engaged

Shenandoah: Camping + Engaged

Shenandoah: Camping + EngagedOh by the way, that was definitely a peanut butter cup smore that you saw up there…and it was flippin’ amazing! I highly recommend subbing these bad boys in from time to time.

I am so ready to go on my next adventure/mini-getaway trip; if all works out with our schedules, Kate and I are hoping to make this happen for the both of us soon!

xo,

Jamie

Kate visits Alaska

As I mentioned in our instameet post, I was in Alaska not that long ago. Beyond the amazing time I had hiking and meeting new people, the main reason I went was to visit my brother, his wife, and their three beautiful girls who had recently moved there. Here is a round-up of the amazing time I had with them. (p.s. there was feeding a baby Musk Ox involved! eek!)

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I miss these girls with my whole heart, but I know I will be back soon to visit!

xo,
Kate