Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Graham is Moving!

Photograph by Nicole Holt

Wheels have been set into motion for my wife, our cat and I to relocate from Eugene, OR, to the greater Boston area in the next month or so. The move comes after a long stretch in Eugene, but we think that it's going to be a good move for us because it will open up both personal and professional opportunities for both me and my wife. Of course that means leaving the familiar and the friendly, which is something that I generally resist.

There will be plenty of things that I'll miss: friends, cubicle neighbors, farmer's markets and the odd restaurant (Eugene has lots of odd restaurants), but I am very much looking forward to discovering the Boston area.

With that said, my attentions will be a little scattered in the coming weeks as a cross country move is neither easy nor without its logistical complications. I hope to be able to maintain the same level of content on Graham's Travel Blog, but if it comes down to working on the blog and preparing for the move, the move will have to come first. The posts may be shorter or slightly move related, but I'll do my best to keep up.

Once we get settled, things should go back to normal fairly quickly, and the blog that regular readers have come to know and love will be back. Boston is a great place to kick off traveling adventures, of which we plan to take full advantage of so you can look forward to seeing that reflected here.

Before we leave, we’ll be going on one last Oregon road trip to the Tree House Hotel in Southern Oregon, and then we'll head back up the coast. This trip is one that we’ve wanted to take for quite some time, and it’s long overdue. I should note that this trip was booked long before we had tentative move dates. I’ll admit that the timing for the trip isn’t perfect, but life, much like travel, often doesn’t turn out exactly as we plan. Oddly enough, it’s those unexpected events that end up being some of the most memorable experiences of our lives.

Moving to Eugene was another one of those events that wasn't part of my grand plan, I sort of went with the flow of my life at the time, and it brought me to Oregon. It was quite an adjustment, going from a suburb of Los Angeles to a small college town in Oregon, but eventually the pieces fell into place. After a rough start, I ended up meeting some amazing people, landed a great job, fell in love and got married. I wouldn’t trade any of those experiences for the world, but it is time to move on.

I’ll admit that I haven’t always taken advantage of everything that Oregon has to offer, but I will learn from my mistakes take more opportunities to explore New England.

Have you ever moved across the country? Do you have any sagely wisdom for me in my time of transition?

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  1. I've moved from Oregon to Atlanta. (I started in the south so it wasn't totally freaky.) I said to my family, OK, we will adjust to the new place, but lets always remember this. Its really going to be different. So we need to put complacence behind us and know that life is different in different places. I think I was the only one that remembered that. When I make the occasional visit out west I appreciate the difference.
    I'll give you an example that tripped one of us up. People in the south (way back when) with long hair are not thinking the same thing that people in the west with long hair are thinking. See?

  2. Graham, We'll miss you! You're one of our most frequent fliers at the Eugene Airport and it's been nice getting to know you through your blog and exchanging tweets about EUG! Best of luck to you in your new adventure. I hope BOS treats you well! --Cathryn

  3. Anonymous: I'll try to keep your words of a lack of complacency close this next year or so. Establishing yourself in a new area is difficult, and it takes effort. I'll stay away from the long haired types at the moment (I'm currently in the South).

    Cathryn: I've enjoyed getting to know you as well. I will be back from time to time due to work related obligations so you won't be getting rid of me that easily. I'm sure that BOS will be fine, I've flown through there a handful of times and it's always been nice.

  4. I have not moved across country but I have moved across an ocean. Label everything well. Downsize what you don't realy need. Pack the coffee pot with you, you'll need it! Hope this all goes smoothly for you and Nicole. NE is a pretty place to live and has so much to offer.