I did a very poor job documenting the last London Ladies reunion in Brooklyn--we were just having too much fun! The premise of the trip was the Avett Brothers concert, held in Radio City Music Hall, but of course, any excuse for us all to get together is just fine by us. A few of us did a 'touristy' day and walked over the Brooklyn bridge starting from the Brooklyn side. Other than the speeding bikes on one side of the walkway and the unobservant European tourists invariably in their way, it was a highly enjoyable experience--great views of Manhattan, the Harbor, and the Statue of Liberty!
BK bridge with Manhattan bridge in the background
Toalsie and Sara on the bridge (note Euro tourist in the bike lane!)
Studying abroad can be an enlightening experience, a drunken experience, and a time when you are allowed to be a different version of yourself, if only for a few months. For me, it was also a time in which I met 4 of my best friends. And though we all live in different cities across the U.S., every 6 months to a year we make the effort to get together and continue to have crazy, sentimental, bust-a-gut laughing weekends. 2010 however was special because some of us were able to see each other more than once; case in point, Sara from the great state of Minnesota came to DC for her 26th bday and Meghan from Boston flew down to join.
We danced, we ate, we toured the hell out of DC (Sara had never been before and was determined to see EVERYTHING) and we parted knowing that we'd be seeing each other again in a couple weeks, this time in NYC. Love study abroad.
For one last summer beach hoorah, my cousin Melissa invited me to join her, her daughter Consuelo, and a couple friends to her family's beach house in Rehoboth beach, Delaware. Upon arrival I was instantly smitten with the house--bought by her great-grandmother shortly after WWII, this house wrote the book on shabby chic. Every nook and cranny held some little treasure collected over a 60+ year span of family summer vacations, happily situated 4 houses down from the beach. I never wanted to leave!
our adorable retreat
the front porch where everyone hangs out
my sweet little bedroom
including ensuite sink!
if I could, I would always shower outside
words to live by
dancing on the beach
Rehoboth beach, you are fantastic.
Oh, and beware the outlet malls on the way back to D.C....they're extremely dangerous!
On the day before I left to head back to the States, Gali and I took a little day trip over to Manly in the Northern part of the city, first making a little stop into Circular Quay to see the modern art museum. The weather started clearing up as we boarded the ferry to head over from the museum to Manly, so Gali prompted me to "play the tourist" and ask one of the ferry workers where the best view would be of the Harbor from the boat deck. In typical super-helpful Australian fashion, she proceeded to give us a break down of possible vantage points and turns that the ferry would make. We thanked her and headed inside to grab some tea for the 30 min. journey over to Manly.
With tea purchased we made our way to the deck where we ran into our super helpful friend again and she quickly exclaimed, "oh I've been looking for your ladies everywhere! Come with me..." and led us through 'staff only' doors and up staircases, finally arriving at the main control room with the Captain and his first mate. Super excited for this turn of events and our VIP view of the Harbor, Gali and I couldn't believe our luck, but things got even sillier when they let us steer the ferry for a good portion of the journey! I will say, it's a lot harder than it looks, the reaction time from steering the wheel (please excuse my lack of nautical terminology) to the ferry actually turning that way seems like ages, but if you go too far, it really goes...I will never look at ferries the same way again.
Yet another example of Australians just being super nice for no other reason than to be nice and have a good time! Love that country...
can I live here please?
North Sydney and Luna Park
Opera house from Circular Quay
our ferry over to Manly
and yes, that's Gali steering the ferry!
both Gali and I look like we're getting away with something...
"yeah, just fluctuate 5 degrees or so to the right or left..."
"well, I'm already past 10, is that bad?"
"nah, it's alright, though the guy in the back of the ferry might not be feeling too good right about now..."
After my three extra weeks in Bali touring around, I spent a few days in Sydney with my new friend Gali before making the journey back to the States. I keep only getting little tastes of Australia, first 10 days in Tasmania, now 4 in Sydney...and in winter too! However I already have such a soft spot for the place, everyone I've met is ridiculously nice, there's beautiful landscape, and great shopping! Australia's so much like other English speaking countries that I instantly feel comfortable there, yet they totally have their own rhythm and flavor. I really can't wait to go back!
view from Gali and Ben's front yard...perfection!
part of the city
when you're with a Brit in the winter time, you drink mulled wine, end of story.
next day, flower shop around the corner
loved these little beautes.
our mission to the Donna Hay store--I guess even eggs get cold...
Newly minted Washington, D.C. resident going on a big adventure to Bali, Indonesia for a month-long yoga teacher training course. I'll be traveling around Australia as well as staying flexible to wherever the wind blows me. You can call me tumbleweed.