Resident Tourist

Trip Start Aug 15, 2007
Trip End Jun 01, 2012

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Friday, July 31, 2009

SUMMER VACATION... for teachers and hard working kids it always feels like someone abruptly rips you off a treadmill set on high and places you in a world moving in slow motion... taking a few weeks to slow down and chill usually results in a somewhat zenned perspective, with an opposing experience of watching a whirling society of treadmill runners spending their days briskly moving, yet seemingly getting nowhere... 

This summer we have not had the benefit of being pulled off the treadmill... as we are whisking about seeing as many family and friends as we can... 

It has been wonderful, yet exhausting as we have couch surfed for over a month... moving from house to house, city to city, State to State in an effort to spend quality time with those loved ones we have not seen for the past two years..

Resident Tourist is a reflection on how I felt while returning to our old digs of Minneapolis and the Twin Cities Metro area... Being an expat family comes with a plethora of inquiring questions relating to where we are from, usually coming with our explanations of how our home is in Ankara, but our "real" home is Minnesota... even though we don't live there anymore... In the end our home ends up being where we lay our heads... and this summer we will feel like the wealthy, as our heads will lay in a few dozen "homes"... of course none of them our own... with the concept of wealth coming more from the connections with the  wonderful people that have opened their homes to us as we graze on through... 

Most of our time in Minneapolis was spent with close family and friends, particularly those that had children that were friends of our boys... as Deb and I prioritized the strengthening of connections of our kids old buddies... and with little time in the Cities, we were not able to see many of our old friends... but have vowed to return next summer with a priority to see those that we were not able to this summer...  

A few highlights of our quick return was of course our time catching up with old friends, swimming and kayaking at Cedar Lake, Jogging around the lakes in Minneapolis, our mad dash to take in the 4th of July fireworks, dinner with our good friends and old next door neighbors Mike and Laura and their great kids, grabbing a greasy breakfast at the Bad Waitress Cafe, dinner and Franklin Freeze ice cream run with old friends Ray and Linda, Amy and Karen and all of our kids, picking up take out at our favorite Vietnamese dig, the quick chat with our old neighbor Kathy, munching on sandwiches at the Jasmine Deli, heading over to Scott's pad for an evening of bohemian conversation and a few beers, perusing the cavernous halls of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts in search of new acquisitions to their already ubiquitous collection, a quick yet "gourmet" dinner at Galen and Darcy's place... and most of all spending time at my sister Kim's house, hanging out with her, husband Paul, nephews Cal and Levi and the great Brann... in addition to spending time at my Dad's pad, grilling and hanging out... as well as the few hours we had with my favorite cousin Chris, his lovely wife Kristine and their beautiful kids and the way to few hours with my prior colleagues and very dear friends Marilyn and Diane... 

In closing I would like to say that I was slow to pull out my camera and click many pics... I think it has to do with that Resident Tourist thing... The result was that I did not get many pics of our first week back... but I have thrown in a few of the ones I managed to take... with Deb's urgings of course... 

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