Kate and I left Fort Lauderdale at 12:50 pm today, April 2nd, 2013. We have a few layovers and many, many hours on planes and in airports ahead of us, but we are excited, albeit already missing the crap out of our families and friends. I cried a lot this morning hugging my parents and sisters, I’ll miss them more than anything else in America including the giant showers, cheesy hamburgers, and Pizza Hut 10 Dollar Dinner Boxes. But, adventure awaits. I keep looking at Kate saying, “This is crazy. I never thought we’d be here. We’re actually doing this!” And she always answers with an enthusiastic “I know! I can’t believe it!” We feel so lucky to be going where we’re headed, with 42 pounds of luggage on each of our backs. We’ll see you for the holidays, America. Save us a slice of apple pie!