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Bye for now, DC!


The day has finally arrived and we couldn’t be more excited! We’re a little nervous but encouraged by the fact that we get to experience this journey together.  We are officially jobless, homeless and about to embark on an adventure of a lifetime (it finally hit us a few days ago!).  The past 4 months have been a mixture of researching, planning, creating spreadsheets of expenses and gear, immunizing, moving, packing, finishing up at work and celebrating with family and friends.  It’s been bittersweet to say the least and we will definitely miss you all.

We bid our apartment in Arlington, VA farewell (adios to The Clarendon #145! moving pics below) – a place that was our first home together for the past four years and although it was really hard, we are ready for this next chapter on the road together.

The support we’ve had from everyone in our lives, including our respective employers has been so positive and such a blessing.  We still feel a little crazy for taking this leap but know that we will return rich with experience, cultured, and humbled and with new friendships we make along the way.  We leave tonight for Lisbon, Portugal and with an appetite for its local flavors!

Bye, DC!

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  1. Mary Lucas
    June 7, 2016 at 3:15 pm — Reply

    HAVE A BLAST! Drink some Ginjinha and have a lovely meal at Time Out Lisbon! So jealous! Safe travels!

    • Jesse
      June 8, 2016 at 11:00 pm — Reply

      We had our first shot of Ginjinha tonight! Thanks for all the great recommendations!

      • carnescassell@msn.com
        June 9, 2016 at 3:01 am — Reply

        Try the cod fritters and sausages too,.

        • Jesse
          June 9, 2016 at 12:47 pm — Reply

          Will do, thanks Tyler!

  2. June 7, 2016 at 3:48 pm — Reply

    I cannot wait to see your travels. I’m a big jealous so if you ever feel a pinch or get a cold chill, that could just be my envy!

    • Jesse
      June 9, 2016 at 3:24 pm — Reply

      Haha, thanks Garrison! We’re pumped to see some of the world. Hope all is well on your end.

  3. Elizabeth Kregloe
    June 7, 2016 at 11:37 pm — Reply

    So happy for you both as you embark on your wonderful adventure.

    • Jesse
      June 9, 2016 at 3:40 pm — Reply

      Thanks, Liz! We will have to facetime and show you some of the places we are staying. See you when we get back!

  4. John Stoddard
    June 8, 2016 at 10:52 am — Reply

    Jenn & Jesse, We enjoyed your company for three days! Watching you pack was a lesson in discipline. Did you compress a couple of ribs and a Corona in your back pack too? Take care of each other, Love, John and Mon

    • Jesse
      June 9, 2016 at 3:45 pm — Reply

      Hi John & Judy – we had a great time with you all, and thanks again for letting us have the get together at your place. We will definitely take care of each other while exploring. See you when we get back!

  5. carnescassell@msn.com
    June 8, 2016 at 1:39 pm — Reply

    It’s great you had the time and courage to take this marvelous adventure. Enjoy everything, and remember to laugh when the unexpected happens. You’ll have a lifetime of wonderful memories. Tyler & Elana

    • Jesse
      June 9, 2016 at 4:00 pm — Reply

      Great advice! Thanks, Tyler & Elana!

  6. Abbe Walter
    June 8, 2016 at 2:44 pm — Reply

    You are going to have an experience of a lifetime!

    • Jesse
      June 9, 2016 at 3:51 pm — Reply

      Thanks, Abbe! Great seeing you a couple weeks ago!

  7. Derrick Satterwhite
    June 8, 2016 at 6:34 pm — Reply

    I am very happy for you both. I wish you well. I am sure you will have a great time.

    • Jesse
      June 9, 2016 at 3:56 pm — Reply

      Thanks, Derrick!

  8. Jodee Caruso
    June 8, 2016 at 11:46 pm — Reply

    We love you guys- can’t wait to see more updates! Love James, Jodee and Lilly

    • Jesse
      June 9, 2016 at 3:15 pm — Reply

      Thanks, Jodee! We miss and love you guys!

  9. Agi & Don
    June 12, 2016 at 12:45 pm — Reply

    We celebrated Judy & Don’s Birthday last night with a great meal and where filled in on this fantastic trip you’ve embarked on. What a wonderful adventure, thank you for letting us tag along. Stay safe and enjoy every moment.
    Love you both,
    Agi & Don

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