Farewell, Sweden – Hello USA!

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After 2 days of packing, way too many goodbyes, and 15+ hours of travel, I have arrived in Chicago, USA!  At this point I honestly cannot believe  that it has been 5 months since I’ve been here.  It doesn’t feel like a lot has changed, but I have made some amazing memories, been to some amazing places, met some wonderful friends for life, and grown so much as a person.

Now, since I document my life with food, this is how my “journey” home went:

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Goodbye svenska jordgubbar – swedish strawberries.  You were so tasty!

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Fuel for packing.  I needed the carbs from that giant bowl ‘o ‘tatoes.  Packing was like a second workout!

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Five months of my life, all in bags.  (Phone for scale)

I got up at the lovely hour of 6am European time – midnight CST, grabbed public transport to the central station and hopped on the express train to the airport.  It was a pretty painless trip, but at that hour there’s only so pleasant travel can be.  Especially carrying all that stuff alone.  Thank goodness I strength train! Functional strength for the win.

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Airport breakfast.  Hard boiled eggs are my new favorite on-the-go protein option.

I somehow ended up with an aisle seat, relatively close to the front of the cabin.  Score!

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Once again, I snagged an extra veg meal on the plane.  Not bad, for plane food.

As much as I try to sleep on planes, it hardly ever happens.  It was better this time since I had my eye mask and ear plugs, but I still only slept maybe 2 of the 8 hours.  It’s hard to tell, the hours started to blur together after a while.

After waiting 30+ minutes for my bags (one of the last ones, yuck) I was back in the car and headed home with the family!  I freshened up a bit, and we headed to lunch.  Can you guess where?

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Yup, Chipotle.  Oh how I missed you!

I somehow managed to keep myself awake through some unpacking and dinner with the family.  Then I crashed, hard.  Such good sleep!

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Mmm breakfast.  I love coming home to a fully stocked fridge with delicious fruits and veggies.

Then pilates class with mom! I love the classes at my gym in Chicago.  Despite that there isn’t a ton of movement involved, pilates is a really great workout.  And I always feel so aligned and strong afterwards.

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Sunday lunch – back in America, I got my (veggie, bean) burger on!  Healthy style – avocado instead of mayo, side salad instead of fries. Mmm!

Now, I’m off to go enjoy the rest of my Sunday with the family (and laundry…boo).

If you were away from home for a length of time, what would your first meal be upon return?

Favorite travel food?

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18 thoughts on “Farewell, Sweden – Hello USA!

  1. Devon from Running to the Finish

    Welcome home!!! I am sooo jealous that you got the chance to travel somewhere so incredible! I’ve always wanted to visit somewhere far away, like Italy or Australia…but I don’t know if I’d ever be able to man up and actually do it. Are you continuing to travel other places? I just found your blog tonight so I’m not totally up to speed on your plans 😛 your eats look delicious though!!! hehe
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    1. Rachel Post author

      Thanks, Devon! I actually just returned from a semester abroad in Sweden, with some other travel mixed in. Check out my Travel page to see other places I’ve visited! And of course, thanks for stoping by to say hi.

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    1. Rachel Post author

      Thanks, Kat! Definitely feels good to see everyone again. And yes – Chipotle is by far the best “fast food” place there is here.

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  2. Tessa @ Amazing Asset

    Welcome home Rachel!! I am so glad you are home safe and sound, and had a relatively easy travel home.. well I am sure you would have enjoyed more sleep haha, but at least you got some shut eye in there
    I love that you went to Chipotle upon getting home, a most excellent choice if you ask me :)
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