It’s official: no more suitcases. We spent a few hours working around the house this morning (thanks, in part, to Dan’s parents who watched B while Liam slept and we cleaned and organized) and got the suitcases unpacked. We still have a lot to do, in terms of getting things organized, unpacked and cleaned up, but being out of suitcases is a major milestone (besides, there’s something kind of lame about having guests who are living out of their suitcases while the hosts are still doing the same).
It’s another reminder of something I realize periodically: we live here. Our perspective is vastly different than it would be if we were just visiting . . . and it’s also different than it would be if we were living here permanently (with no end date looming). We’re getting the feel of being here as tourists, a little, with Dan’s parents visting — our heads are spinning with the effort of trying to cram into just 10 days everything we love about Vienna (and trying to maintain a little of “normal” life at the same time). It reminds us that we have been spoiled by time — we’ve had the benefit of what feels like infinite opportunity to explore, discover and enjoy Vienna. But, at the same time, our 2 year deadline hangs over us: it’s a reminder to make the most of our experience here, without creating too much pressure to fit everything in to too short a time.
It’s good to continue to get these reminders: I want to seize this experience and get everything out of it that I can. We are so very fortunate to not just be here, but to live here.