You *Can* Go Home Again — But You'll be Shocked by the Price of Olives
Michael and I are briefly back in the Pacific Northwest!
Michael and I are currently back in the Pacific Northwest. Every year, we pause our nomading for about a month to return to our former home — to buy new clothes and electronics, to visit our doctors and refill prescriptions, and to see my father and old friends.
My dad happens to have an old time-share condo near Port Townsend, across Puget Sound from Seattle, and I bank our time from the rest of the year in order for Michael and me to stay four weeks in a row, giving us (mostly) free lodging.
And the beach below the condo ain’t bad either:
We do have to rent a car, of course, but I have so much advance planning that I’m usually able to get a really good deal.
The best part, by far, is getting to see my dad — and all our old friends.
Michael and I usually split up for at least a week, so Michael can visit his Seattle friends, and my old Dungeons & Dragons buddies can join me for four or five days up at the condo.
This year, while I was playing D&D, Michael housesat for my brother and his wife in Seattle. I confess I’m jealous that he got to spend time with Phoebe, my brother’s impossibly adorable cat.
As our time here in the Pacific Northwest comes to a close, I’m wishing we could have stayed another week or two — although I confess to being shocked by the price of groceries in the U.S. Ten dollars for a jar of kalamata olives? In retrospect, London was a bargain.
Michael, of course, is eager to get to our next destination.
Which is where exactly?
Malaysia! Kuala Lumpur and Penang, to be exact. The plan right now is to spend most of 2023 in Asia: Malaysia, Cambodia, Singapore, Laos, Taiwan, and Japan.
But as usual, our plans are subject to change in the event something more interesting comes up.
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