When you live in Lewes, Delaware, it’s easy to forget that there’s a whole other world out there.  Because in Lewes, stunning natural beauty, great restaurants, unique shops, culture, recreational activities, and friendly people have all converged to create the perfect little microcosm, where all seems right with the world.   It’s quaint, serene, and laid back, and has everything this reinventurer could ever want.  No need to go anywhere else.

That is, until you need to venture out of Lower Slower to move your daughter from Hoboken, NJ into her new apartment in Queens, NY.  For two retirees whose biggest stressor is:  can we make it to happy hour in time for the specials?? this trip was a major achievement for my husband and me.  It was quite an adventure and turned out to be a fun, action-packed weekend.  And next December–when we look back at the highlights of 2017–this will be right up there among our best memories.

A detour en route to Hoboken took us on a “scenic” tour of Jersey City, where it became quite apparent that space is at a premium here–for everybody (or every body).

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After a full afternoon of packing boxes, Saturday evening we had a relaxing dinner at La Isla, a Cuban restaurant in Hoboken with a great vibe, energetic crowd, and very good food.

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My entrée was the black bean, miso glazed salmon with Cuban-style fried rice, and tostones (fried plantain slices).  Sunday was moving day, so once the truck was loaded and ready to go–it was on to Queens!

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Built in 1930, quintessential New York.
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The welcoming committee!
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Beautifully renovated brownstone.

After a long day, we rewarded ourselves with another fabulous dinner,  just a short distance from the new apartment.

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At Ltauha, I enjoyed this ricotta ravioli with diced zucchini and cherry tomatoes in a light sweet corn broth.  Dinner turned into a nice family gathering, when our nephew joined the three of us from the Upper West Side.  Afterwards, my  husband and I marveled at the fact that he traveled more than an hour (on three different trains) to meet us.  And while he assured us that this was the norm, we couldn’t help but think (to his amusement) that it was a major inconvenience for him, especially since–in Lewes–we can be anywhere we want to be in 10-15 minutes!

Living in New York is a lifestyle that’s so foreign to us, yet it was invigorating to get out of our comfort zone, literally, and see the world through our daughter’s eyes, if only for just 48 hours.  She is living her dream, just as we are living ours.

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Lewes Beach, looking out on the Delaware Bay.

Wherever you land on your life’s journey, consider this:

“We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us….follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls.”   –Joseph Campbell

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