So you can imagine our surprise when Micha and I walked into Kerstin's backyard to see a giant tent set up...
...and all of our friends there waiting for us!
Kerstin and Emily had been planning a bon voyage party for us for months!! As you may or may not know, Micha and I will be embarking on a 7-month around-the-world trip in July (yippee!!) - and if you didn't know, surprise! - and the funny thing is, I'd been whining to Kerstin for weeks about how I wanted to plan a goodbye party for us but just couldn't get my act together enough yet to do so.
Wee best friend and I have fun together, even if our expressions tells a different story
Teaching the rugrats (Mia and Aron) how to properly smile for a picture
Aron's a pro: that's his typical picture expression - I taught him well early on!
My favorite part about the party - and they really went all out - was that everybody contributed a dish from one of the countries we'll be visiting on our route! How awesome is that idea?! And how much more awesome are our friends for all playing along?
Sara and Christoph made a vegetarian dish decorated with pictures of cooked cuy
The weather was complete crap - it did not stop raining for even a second the entire day - but it happily did not matter even one little bit. Everyone stayed until the bitter end, eating, drinking, laughing, listening to us blabber about our travel plans, and, of course, playing with the adorable little ones.
Micha and his Keule | Photobombed!
Little Mara | Sara and Hanna bonded in the warm indoors
How cute (and adorably jolly) is this little nugget? (Also, please note giggly Charlie in the background)
I really can't thank Kerstin and Emily enough for giving us the perfect send-off before we leave our friends and home behind for 7 months of adventure and who-knows-what-else! Ladies, I tip my hat to you. You rock my world.
And if you want to follow our travel adventures starting in July, you can find Micha and me over here: Flip Flops and Wanderschuhe, where we'll be sharing our adventures as much as we possibly can on the road. All the details about our trip can be found there, too (soon enough :)!