I'm a married man now. This means I need to settle down, purchase a house, and start a family.
Or does it mean that I'm supposed to quit my job, buy an RV, and move to a different city every few months?
I think I'll choose option B.
It's very convenient for me that I have a lovely wife who feels the same way and who probably wants to see the world even more than I do. That's why when Ayli and I got married we both left our jobs in Columbus and she started travel nursing. With travel nursing she has short term assignments in various hospitals around the country. Everybody needs nurses, which means if we want to live in a specific state or city then we can probably find work there. These assignments only last three months unless we wanted to extend our stay, and after three months we pack up our things and move to the next one...
The downside of travel nursing? Apparently it's annoying to pack up all your belongings and find housing in a new state every three months. In addition to this inconvenience it's also expensive. When you rent an apartment with a short term lease that is also pet friendly and fully furnished the prices shoot sky high. Housing IS covered by the travel nursing agency but it seems like a shame to say goodbye to all of that money when some of it could go back into our pockets.
So Ayli and I decided that we were done with apartments and we'd be purchasing an RV to live in full time. We'd drive our comfy little home with us from city to city without having to pack up our belongings and clean for the next tenants. When we choose to be finished with a location we just hook up to the back of our car and go wherever we'd rather be.
I want to write about the adventures of Ayli and I as we travel the country in our RV. I'm sure we'll realize there are a thousand things we don't know about owning an RV, we'll probably make numerous mistakes, and no doubt we'll have some rough days. But I feel like the whole experience is going to be overwhelmingly positive and an adventure we'll always remember. The RV has been purchased and we are about ready to move in, but before I start talking about that I'd love to share what Ayli and I have been up to since our wedding.
We've been traveling.
It all started with our honeymoon. We had the hardest time choosing where to go but we went with a cruise on the Mediterranean. This cruise had stops in several cities in a few countries along the sea such as Spain, France, and Italy. The ship landed once a day and we'd scramble off to go be tourists in that city until curfew then we'd head back to the ship for evenings of shows, eating, drinking, and dancing. This was exhausting but very, very enjoyable. There were many moments that I don't believe I'll forget, such as eating dinner in a fancy restaurant right at sea level late at night. It's incredible how the waves can look so beautiful and inviting during the daytime but in the dark they look menacing and powerful. I also won't forget when Ayli and I won a dance competition and received a free bottle of wine, or when the piano player gave us a honeymoon shout out and played a special song just for us, or when we watched the sun set over the mountains and a lighthouse off the coast of France.
We were spoiled for that week. Unlimited drinks and food passes are a dangerous thing.
In addition to all of that we had the opportunity to explore historic and breathtaking places like Rome, Pompeii, and Vatican City. I could write forever about each of these locations but perhaps I'll do that another time.
But wait, there's more. After the cruise was over we had a layover in Iceland, so of course we went to the Blue Lagoon to relax in the natural springs for a while. On top of that, before Ayli and I even boarded the cruise ship we actually spent a week in Barcelona because there was a gap between our wedding day and the departure of the ship. The ship left from Barcelona so we thought why not? Let's stay there until it leaves!
Barcelona is absolutely one of the coolest places I've ever visited with so much to explore and constantly activities going on. We shopped, ate at tons of new restaurants, got tattoos, danced, visited historic buildings, listened to live music, went to the zoo and beach, hiked, got robbed (wait, what?), and rode bikes around the city. Ayli was absolutely fearless on her bike, weaving through crowds and traffic like she's done it a million times before. I did my very best to keep up and stay alive.
So I guess you could say I enjoyed my honeymoon and I'm very grateful to have Ayli by my side. However, this trip was just the beginning of our adventure together. Since we've been married Ayli has actually completed two different travel nursing assignments, one in Connecticut and one in North Carolina. But I think I'll save talking about those for future entries. For now, thanks for reading and I'll be back soon!