Fifth-Year Reunion Photo Diary

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A couple of weekends ago, I went to my fifth-year reunion and had a surprising amount of fun. It wasn’t that I thought I wouldn’t have a good time, it’s just that with the move and everything else going on, it kind of snuck up on me. In fact, I thought maybe I would skip it, but instead, I ended up registering about a week before the event.

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I started to get really excited on the train ride down to New Haven. I made the train trip with one of my really good friends who used to live in NYC, but now lives in San Francisco. It was so good to see her and catch up, and that’s really what the whole weekend was like. With the exception of a couple people, all of my good college friends went to reunion and it was so wonderful to have everyone in the same place again.

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We laughed, we reminisced, we danced, and we chatted. I’d been seriously lacking in friend time thanks to the move, so it was just pleasant to have a weekend away to relax and stop thinking about the apartment for a bit. Also, every time I step back onto campus, I’m reminded of how beautiful it is.

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I’m really glad I went to my college reunion. I’ve heard rumors that some people have started to plan my ten-year high school reunion next year, so that should be interesting!

 

Long Walks on the Beach

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Remember how I started to recap the impromptu road trip that my family took last summer, but never finished? Even though it’s nearly been a year since the trip (in fact, we are currently planning our family trip for this summer!), I thought I’d pick up where I left off. Except, I thought I’d done a lot more recapping than I actually did! This is the third post I’ve drafted because I kept having to go back to parts of the trip that I haven’t covered yet. It’s been nice to reminisce on the trip though and now that I’m editing the photos, hopefully I will finally be able to put together that photo book I’ve been meaning to do.

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So when we left off, I’d just shown you guys snaps of the beautiful beach house we stayed out. It was such a charming house and I almost wish we were going back there this summer. One major perk of the house was that it was a two-minute walk to the beach. It was a very pleasant beach as well- clean, and not at all crowded.

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I actually really love going to the beach, but I don’t get to go as often as I’d like. Part of me thinks I might retire in a beach house somewhere. Anyway, this particular evening, my siblings and I felt like taking a long walk on the beach. It was nice to stroll along the beach together and chat. There were also moments of silence too, as we were each lost in our own thoughts.

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Chicago Photo Diary

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A couple weeks ago, I reunited with six of my college friends in Chicago. My friend Zoe has been going to grad school in Chicago since we graduated, and my friend Adanna recently moved there to go to business school. It wasn’t really planned at first- Audrey picked a weekend in October to visit, then Babe and Ariel bought tickets, then Emily did, and then I decided to join in on the fun!

I haven’t been to Chicago since I was about 11, so I was excited for my first visit as an adult. All I remember from previous trips to Chicago was visiting Shedd Aquarium and seeing my family that lived out in the suburbs. On this trip we had a great mix of going out to see the sights and chilling at my friend’s spacious apartment. I saw the Bean for the first time, we popped by a nice farmer’s market, had drinks at The Hancock (what a view), visited Myopic Books, went out for sushi, and walked around Promontory Point, among other things.

It was really nice to get away for the weekend and spend time with good friends. Chicago, you were pretty cool. I’d definitely like to go back!

Places Visited

Stans Donuts: My friends took me to two donut places while I was visiting (they know me so well). These donuts were really good, but I actually think I preferred the next place.

Glazed & Infused: In Wicker Park, these are located right across the street from each other, so it was easy to sample both. My favorite was the maple and bacon donut- it was freakin’ delicious.

Myopic Books: Of course I’d love this place- there are shelves and shelves of used books. They also carry some new books as well.

Chicago History Museum: Originally we popped in here to get out of the rain, but I’m glad we did. There was a cool interactive space where you could sit and read books about Chicago, or write on postcards provided by the museum. I also saw a sign advertising a silent reading party. Sounds like something I’d be into!

The Bean: It’s a landmark and I’m glad I finally got to see it!

Green City Market: This was a nice farmer’s market and it looked like there were lots of good food options. I also got to sample some tasty apple cider donuts and if I hadn’t been so full at that point, I would have definitely bought a full bag.

The Signature Lounge: We had drinks here one night. The drinks were good, but really it’s all about the amazing view of Chicago (and check out the view from the women’s bathroom too)!

Trenchermen: We had brunch here and I loved the setting. The restaurant is located in an old bathhouse and the building is so cool. The food was great here, except for the roasted cauliflower, which wasn’t really roasted.

Big Star: Yummy yummy tacos. Zoe said that this place is consistently busy, so we decided to eat lunch at a random time so that we wouldn’t have to wait for hours. It worked and we were seated right away. I ordered the taco al pastor and the taco de pollo pibil and I was very happy with both of my choices.

The Beach House

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As I mentioned before, the Bella Beach Bridge House wasn’t our initial choice, but it ended up being the perfect one. When we arrived after a very long day of driving, we were so excited to see that the house looked even better than the pictures online. It was located in such a pretty community and was only a couple minutes walking distance from the beach.

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The house had a very cozy and relaxed vibe and I loved all of the little details. I snapped a bunch of pictures and took some mental notes for decorating my own home someday in the future. Oh, and did I mention that there was a little free library in front of the house? This house was seriously perfect for us and we may or may not have looked up local listings in the area…

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This was really my first time renting a vacation home and it was a wonderful experience. The property staff was very easy to work with when we were making our reservation. Once we arrived, the house had everything we could have needed. I would definitely stay at Bridge House again! Have you ever rented a vacation home?