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Those words were asked by a friend as I logged back into a chat app after being (mostly) social media-free for more than 10 days on vacation in Hilton Head, South Carolina and Savannah, Georgia.

But before I show some pictures and stories of my blissful downtime I want to again thank all of the almost 5,000 people who showed up to the polls or mailed in ballots to vote for me, donated to my campaign, or sat down to share their knowledge of various policies and issues with me. Your hopes for the campaign’s future are greatly appreciated.

My 10 days in the southern U.S. began with an early morning drive with my girlfriend down to Hilton Head, South Carolina where we mostly lounged around a heated pool and hot tub of a beautiful resort house in Sea Pines. This rented vacation home also had an amazing kitchen, which we made full use of for most dinners, preferring to cook very nice meals rather than eat out (although we did some of that, too!)

Bike rides around the island reminded me why I love communities that value the activity by building wide dedicated bike trails and cycle-tracks. I also appreciated that despite having so many houses, they clearly value their old trees with so many proud hundred-year oaks being the norm rather than the exception. And this isn’t a “single family home” versus “dense development” story – the resort’s denser shopping districts and apartment complexes were just as good examples of tree preservation as the large lot parcels.

After our week in Hilton Head, we decided to squeeze a few extra days at one of my favorite cities in the U.S. – Savannah, Georgia, where we toured the local Telfair and SCAD museums, shops, and Spanish Moss-covered squares lined by historic manor houses. If I ever get exiled from Arlington, Savannah is probably where I’d try to end up at.

Suffice to say, I’m now well-rested and ready to tackle 2022 or 2023, whatever may come.