Back so soon?

Katie and I weren’t really sure how to do the whole “absentee ballot” thing, so we decided to fly home for the United States presidential election. Okay, that’s not entirely true. We’re coming back to the States for my sister’s wedding, but I must say that I’m excited to be back for election night. There’s nothing like a night of pizza, beer and exit polling while watching incredibly biased anchors forecast who will be the next leader of the free world. It’s way more fun when the race is close, so this year should be particularly exciting.

But back to my sister’s wedding. My younger sister, Beth, the girl who Katie and I give credit for bringing us together, is getting married on November 10 in Milwaukee. The bachelorette party is this Saturday and, seeing as how Katie is the maid of honor (matron of honor?), we felt it kind of important that she be there. So we’re coming home tomorrow and we’ll stay stateside until the Monday after the wedding.

It’s crazy to think that we’re already heading back home, although this stint in Munich was shorter than our other ones. When we went home in April and August it was on the heels of three-plus months in Europe. This stretch has “only” been a little under two months, but it still flew by exceptionally fast. Part of it was the busy September, but another part of it is likely the mental realization that our time here is quickly coming to an end — which seems to make the time go by even faster.

When we head back after the wedding, we’ll have just a few more weeks in Munich before heading home for good in early December (a date that should be finalized in a few days, actually). We’ve already begun to transition back to life in Milwaukee. I’m job hunting and Katie is house hunting. The apartment we live in here in Munich has been re-listed online. We’re in the process of closing our German bank account and looking to sell our bikes. We’re even bringing home a suitcase full of “stuff we don’t need here anymore” to make the move in December a little lighter. It’s sad just writing about it.

But while the eventual end to our European adventure is “bitter,” there’s certainly plenty of “sweet” to be had in the thought of coming back to the Midwest, especially our family and friends in the Milwaukee area. And we’re looking for a taste of that sweetness starting tomorrow when we head back to America. I’m not sure if we’ll blog any while we’re home, so look for another update in a couple of weeks!

And congratulations in advance to my sister, Beth, and her soon-to-be-husband (and awesome guy), Nathan Colson!

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