I'm terrifically sad to report that my dearest friend, partner in crime, and frequent star of this blog, my most favorite Raku, has moved back to the United States.
I've been pretty absent from the blog lately. There's been a lot going on as I've helped her deal with the many errands and tasks associated with an international move. And then I've just been incredibly sad as I prepared to say goodbye.
I have to say I never would have made it through my first year here (or any of them, really) without her. She is the kindest, most encouraging friend and I am going to miss her presence so much! I could go on for pages, and it still wouldn't express everything. But I will be forever grateful for the opportunity to explore and learn about this city with her. And for the way she helped me face so many challenges, helping me to see them as adventures, providing a shoulder to cry on, and giving me a hand to hold as needed.
In closing, here are too many photos from our wonderful time together. I love you Raku, you're the best!