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Moving to Saint Louis
 
 
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After getting back from Iceland, it was time for Ilaria and I to
 
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pack our stuff,
 
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so we could move to our new apartment
 
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1000 miles away in Saint Louis.
 
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I'm getting to old to load crap into a truck and drive it across the country,
 
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so we hired movers to do the lifting
 
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and the driving.
 
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I hope I never
 
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move my own stuff again.
 
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They are really fast
 
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and have good ways of packaging things to keep them safe (the only problem was some minor scratches on one of our old dressers)
 
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and free from dirt.
 
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We were really going to miss this apartment that for three years had been our home.
 
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We were especially going to miss Rita, Adriana, and Frank Susi, who owned the building and always treated us like family. Their family also cooked some of the best food I've eaten in my life. We'll always remember the barbecues with Frank Susi's sausages, the fall when they ferment the grapes filling whole building is filled with wine aroma, and the 2006 World Cup when Adriana used her sewing skills to make one of the largest Italian flags in the world.
 
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I didn't want the movers to carry my computers or instruments. So the day after the movers came we rented an SUV, packed it full of my junk
 
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and hit the road.
 
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After two days of driving, we arrived in Saint Louis. Thanks to the lower cost of living in Saint Louis, our new apartment was slightly cheaper than in Boston, was more than twice the size (1200 sqft compared with 500 sqft in Boston), and was on the 9th floor, so we got a nice view of the Central West End and BJC hospital.
 
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When we moved, we were a little said that we'd no longer be woken up by firetrucks like in Boston (we lived right next to the fire station). But we soon learned that helicopters land on the roof of the hospital near our new apartment far more often than the fire truck drove by in Boston, so we didn't miss a thing.
 
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It was nice to have the added space, but it would be many months before Saint Louis started to feel a little like home.
 
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We bought a fancy new dining room table (covered with a blanket to keep the movers from messing it up),
 
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bought some furniture from IKEA,
 
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and slowly, slowly, slowly tried to put things in their place and make our new place a home.