...and we're off!

taking a year of pretirement to travel the world

on may 23, 2013, we quit our jobs and began our year of "pretirement." these are some of our adventures around the world.

from miltown to chitown

This past week we split our time between Milwaukee and Chicago, visiting family and friends. Needless to say, we were very ready for a shower and a real bed when we arrived in Milwaukee. We enjoyed a little more time with no travel and no responsibilities staying with Carla’s family, while roaming around the city during everyone else’s workday. We visited the Milwaukee Art Museum, which had a pretty impressive collection and a beautiful building on Lake Michigan, and read books by the waterfront. I also got to try some awesome home-cooked sinigang (Filipino tamarind stew) courtesy of Carla’s mom.

By Thursday we were excited to start turning the odometer and exploring more of the country. We brought Carla’s brother Kevin down to Chicago for a Cubs game, then stayed with her cousin Tricia in her 62nd floor condo overlooking downtown and the lake. Our timing couldn’t have been better because not only did we get to catch our friend Lani’s DJ gig at Drum Bar on Thursday, we also got to help ring in her birthday on Friday night. We took in some excellent food and music at the Taste of Randolph Festival, enjoyed a few birthday drinks at some nearby bars, then eventually made our way back to Lani’s place for a few hours’ sleep. Chicago was a blast.

Bright and early Saturday morning, we hopped back in the car with the GPS arrow pointed South. Next stop, Tennessee.