Getting Ready to Graduate and Leave
Here we are. We're a month from leaving Boston for good. Colin and Madi graduate on May 16th and 18th, and we leave only two days after Madi's ceremony. It is a surreal feeling knowing that we are done with grad school. We can't believe we've been in Boston for 3 years already!! We have a new adventure in store. After this trip, we will move to Denver for about a year until the UMC places Colin in a church in Washington. But before we move to Denver, Europe comes first!
We fly to Milan, Italy first with a looong layover in Dublin allowing us to explore a tiny bit. We get to spend our first week at a monastery near Milan to reflect, recharge and reconnect after our stressful lives in Boston. After Milan, we get to spend a few days in the Cinque Terre, on the coast of the Mediterranean in northern Italy. After the Cinque Terre, we go to Florence for some fast-paced sight-seeing. We then get to go to an agriturismo which is a working farm that also serves as a bed and breakfast - in Tuscany! We'll be near a medieval hill town called Anghiari. Our couple weeks of working in Tuscany come next. We are helping out at a vineyard in exchange for a place to stay, food to eat, and immersion in Tuscan culture. After the WWOOFing site (Worldwide Organization for Organic Farming), we get to do another fast-paced trip full of site-seeing - this time in Rome! We move on from Rome to Naples, and from Naples to Sicily. We are volunteering at another WWOOFing site in Sicily for a couple weeks. We then take a plane from Sicily to Dubrovnik, Croatia. Here begins our simple tour of "former Yugoslavia." We are also traveling to Mostar and Sarajevo in Bosnia and Herzegovina. From Sarajevo, we take a train to Ljubljana, Slovenia. We do another stint of volunteering in Ljubljana, but this time it is through Workaway. We are also hoping to meet up and spend some time with Madi's distant relatives in Slovenia! Our last couple days of our whirlwind adventure take place in Munich, Germany from where we fly home to the United States (and to Denver).
We hope that you join us along this journey as we post pictures, comments, thoughts and musings. We love you all, and thanks for checking in!
Madi and Colin