After a month in New York with family and friends, it was time to head to Wisconsin!! AHHH!!!
I stopped in Michigan to pick up Matt and then we headed on to our new home!
Along the way we stopped to swim at Warren Dunes.
The water was a bit chilly but after a few minutes it was fine. I’ll jump into any body of water almost every chance I get, but Matt is a little pickier. It was so sweet to swim and float together, and I think it was my first time swimming in Lake Michigan!
Wisconsin is so, so lovely in the summer.
I am currently writing this on a 0 degree day at the beginning of February, and honestly, it’s almost difficult to believe just how truly LOVELY it was when we first arrived. I’m glad I have these photos to remember what to look forward to again in a few months.
After meeting our landlords and seeing our place (for the first time!!!) we headed out to find food and explore the town.
About midway through August, I started medical school. It was such an overwhelming, exhilarating time. I made new friends, and we all tried to get out and enjoy the weather as much as possible with long walks and hikes, bonfires, and sunsets over the lake.
Although it was really a lovely time, I was also super homesick for California and New York.
In my life, I have been incredibly privileged to live in various parts of the country and the world.
However, Wisconsin is so very different than anywhere else I’ve lived or spent a significant amount of time, and I’ve never had such a difficult time adjusting to a new place. There are the bigger things—the social norms, favorite pastimes (e.g. sports and alcohol), different communication styles, lack of diversity, slower pace, and sheer amount of space everywhere. And then there’s also small stuff—like navigating the grocery store—which adds up too.
So all this to say, the pictures below show only the best moments of those first few weeks—walking through prairie flowers for the first time, finding new coffee shops, exploring the farmer’s market, learning to ride a bike again, and our white coat ceremony.
Riding to our first day of medical school!2