A lot has changed in the past month! After many back and forth discussions about what we should do, we made the executive decision to come home to the US. To read my journal from Barcelona, start here.
Jeff’s company somehow gave us the OK along with a relocation package, which we were not expecting. As soon as we got the contracts in writing, it was time to pack up and move out. We cleaned our apartment from top to bottom, and loaded all our clothing into our suitcases. It was pretty surreal to see our apartment empty.
A few days later, we headed out to the airport, which was an even crazier experience. Our cab was the only car at the drop off, and I think we saw a total of two other people in the airport except for at our gate. They did not offer baggage carts, so we had to haul all our luggage at one time to the counter since they wouldn’t let us leave bags there unattended either. I have no idea how we got everything to the counter in one trip, but we did it.
We were connecting in London, and decided to upgrade to first class on our way from London to DC. Even though it was more expensive, it felt like the right thing to do at the time. Having more space between people was important to us. It was pretty disappointing that we weren’t served any food on the plane, because it was my first time in business class and honestly probably my last. I can’t complain though, we were lucky enough to get on a flight and get through safely.
Once we landed, we took a cab to my parents house and started our two week quarantine. My parent’s basement was well-stocked with food and all the comforts of home. There is a door that leads directly to the backyard, so it was great to finally be able to get fresh air and go for a run. My parents brought us our dinners on a tray and left it on the landing when it was time to eat. I think we were about as safe as we could be, and thankfully nobody got sick.
It is a bit surreal being home, and we don’t feel like we got the proper goodbye we wanted from Barcelona. It is hard to believe that after almost two years of living abroad that it ended like this. We didn’t get to say goodbye to anyone, and we had so much more planned for this summer. To say we are upset is an understatement. Everyone is feeling the same way though, and I have to keep in mind that we were lucky at all to have an experience like we did. We have our health, and that is the most important thing.