Let the quarantine begin

July 13, 2020

We are back from Florida. Quarantine Day 2 today. 

Our trip was nice, a mix of research and vacation. We got to enjoy the beach and then we drove around to check different areas. The city hasn’t recovered from the class 5 hurricane that hit two years ago, so it is a bit hard to get an idea of if we would like to live there or not. The house is great, the neighborhood is so cute and we found some nice beach areas so I think I can picture us living there, but then, the downtown or whatever we wanna call it is still somewhat under construction, lots of buildings and houses looks like crap and we would have to drive for twenty minutes to grocery stores and stuff. But, on the other hand, this would be the case in most American cities I’d say, at least that’s how I’ve found it to be here in this country = nothing is close by, drive everywhere, strip mall here and strip mall there and in between there’s nothing going on. 

I originally said no to Florida because of a few things; hurricanes, alligators plus it’s really hot and humid during summer. BUT, this house was built right before the hurricane 2018 and nothing happened to it (the fence was broken a little but the house was fine) and the neighborhood is not in a flood zone. It is possible to meet an alligator but you probably won’t, plus if it’s not an alligator it can be a bear (like here in CT) or dangerous snakes or coyotes or whatever other animals that lives in this country hahah, you can’t escape nature and wild life.
And about the heat… I have only been to Florida during colder months (except when we went to Disney World in September which was hot but that’s not by the ocean), so all I knew about the humidity and hot weather is from what others have told me,..and people hate it, even up here, people in New York complain about the humidity all the time (heck, even the Swedish people complain about warm weather and they have it for like ten days a year hahah). I happen to be ok with it and if it gets too hot, I’ll just go inside to enjoy the air conditioner. But, I didn’t know what to expect, how bad could it be? Well, it was not that bad. Yes, in the middle of the day when it was 33°c and very humid, I felt a little dizzy…because I was dehydrated, other than that, I loved it. Thor might have to be inside a lot during the summer months, but we did see plenty of dogs, even fluffy ones, and they seemed fine. 

We have to take some time now to really think about it. Some things to think about; Is the house going to be too big for us, too much maintenance ? Do we like this city enough to see us live there? How could our lives look like if we live there? What is our priorities in life? etc etc… We will have to make a pros and cons list. We can’t buy the house this second anyway (it’s not for sale just yet, some this and that stuff which will take some time), so we have some time to think:)

And now, we are in quarantine for at least 14 days. Not that it will change much from before our trip, we have been isolating since March, but now we make sure to always wear our masks if we leave the apartment, and we only leave if Thor needs to potty. I would like to go for walks by myself sometimes to get some exercise but that has to be in the morning or maybe late at night then when there’s less/no people outside (plus it is very hot and humid here in Connecticut now in the middle of the day so it’s tough to walk anyway). But 14 days isn’t that long so I think we’ll be ok:) 

Video: House Hunting in Jacksonville

Video from our trip to Jacksonville, Florida.
I would have liked to show you more, but I couldn’t film too much of the houses or the communities because that kinda felt awkward, but you’ll see a little at least of what we were up to 🙂 

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Have an Awesome day!

Random snaps from Jax

February 23, 2020

At our hotel We saw many interesting houses along the coast
Castillo de San MarcosCalamari, fried avocado and tuna tostada
Morning meeting Warm mini donuts, Jim got an ice coffee and I got a cappuccino 
From left: 1) espresso 2) sea salt caramel popcorn 3) coffee cake 4) maple bacon
We ended up going to the airport quite early,
so it was nice that there was a sky lounge open where we could enjoy unlimited food and drinks:)

NYC at night seen from the plane, always a beautiful sight 

downtown Jacksonville

February 16, 2020

Three-day-weekend. Not a lot of working for my hubby these days:) We came back from Florida on Tuesday night and he’s off tomorrow (it’s President’s Day here in America). 

Our trip to Florida was successful. We got to explore downtown Jacksonville, visit many different communities in St Johns, meet with home builders and spend some time on the beach. The weather was quite “cold” the first two days, but on Monday and Tuesday I walked around in shorts. Jacksonville was also filled with palm trees which made my heart happy. Everywhere you looked, everywhere you drove, there where lots of palmies♥ Streets where wide and nice to drive on – unlike NY and CT where you are afraid of getting a flat tire no matter where you drive. We both liked Jacksonville. If we gonna move there or not, who knows. This was just a research trip. We have a few other cities we want to explore before we can make a decision:)

Downtown Jacksonville had a nice skyline and….nothing going on. Maybe we walked the wrong streets, I don’t know, but on a Saturday afternoon there was nothing happening, noone out. Later on we left the downtown area, walked along the river and into another area that seems to be the Brooklyn of Jax, very hipster with lots of bars and people. We found somewhere to eat and went back to the hotel relatively early since we had a meeting in the morning. I feel like we got to see what the city had to offer which was the whole purpose:) 

We started our day in Florida with a small bite and drinks at our hotel.
In the back you see what’s apparently a famous golf course where they have big tournaments
(I’m not a golfer so I didn’t actually care hahah)
We took a taxi to the south part of the river and got a coffee at Southern Grounds
and then we went for a long walk to the river
The view of downtown, seen from south of the river Beautiful sunset, very colorful Full moon, called Snow Moon. It was so big that night, Feb 8th