and so, the grand adventure begins! R and I left for charleston this past week. we are on a house-hunting/daycare-hunting/life-hunting trip, hoping to make heads or tails of our soon-to-be new home. it is still difficult to think through the fact that R and I will be making this move. we keep thinking someone is going to come by, pinch the both of us awake, and then laugh in our faces for being delusional.
but I digress.
the drive from kc took about two days. please note, that as I am writing this, I am 32 weeks pregnant. talk about your potty breaks! regardless, we got our trusty civic loaded up, dropped S off with granny, grandma, and M&M, and much like the currently running iPhone commercial, we instructed siri to guide us eastward. throughout our times in kc, we have suffered from outsiders of the midwest comment on how “boring” and “flat” and “ugly” missouri and kansas are, both to live in and drive through. R and I have fought valiantly against such comments for years, insisting that kc has much to offer in culture, aesthetics, surroundings, etc. I’m not taking those comments back as much as realizing that clearly others have had more time on the road and had an opportunity to experience more in terms of travel.
our ideas were seriously put to the test when we drove through tennessee. and north carolina. and south carolina. shoot, even illionis and kentucky were pretty! and, guess what, they all had better roads. [on a total side note, perhaps the toll on I-70 should go through – I’m telling ya, there were zero potholes in the other states].
then, we rolled into downtown charleston and saw where we’d be shopping, eating, and working for the foreseeable future.
we’ve now seen a good portion of the area, and are close to making as informed of a decision as I think we’ll be able to before we officially move. the faculty has been beyond helpful, literally driving us all over the islands and peninsula to show off their favorite areas and preferred eating spots. we headed back in james island and folly beach today, so more photos should follow shortly.
as we have taken in the area, and have allowed the realization to overtake us about we have been given, we are overwhelmed. a beautiful downtown, gorgeous beaches, awesome schools for our kids, and a great department for R for be apart of as he launches his academic career. we are blessed.