Two celebrations in one
Trip Start May 10, 2013
10Trip End May 21, 2013
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It all started very early with Commencement breakfast at school. It was nice to be there early and have some time to catch my breadth - I had been playing tour guide from morning to evening, and it felt great to just be able to take in the fact that I am actually graduating!!! Chris was adorable as usual and arrived with flowers for both me and my mom, and my dear friend Kimber made the drive all the way from San Diego on that very morning. I was so touched by everyone's gestures of love and support!
When it was finally time, my family and friends went to sit down, while the rest of us graduates lined up in front of our beloved Hilton building, where most of the b-school torture occurred
After the ceremony, I somehow managed to get all my people gathered in one place - some friends and co-workers had arrived after I had to line up with my fellow graduates, so after the ceremony was the first time I saw them. After lots of pictures, I finally turned in my graduation gown, which was really hot in the sun, then had some time to sit down and talk with everyone.
In the afternoon, it was back to full blown sight-seeing mode! I took my parents to Getty Villa in Malibu. This place is much smaller than the Getty Center and feels much more intimate. We sat down for a quick double espresso at the coffee shop, then perused the collection of Greek, Roman and Etruscan statues that J
The Pier was insanely busy with people. I showed my parents the marker for the end point of the famous Route 66, then took my mom up on the Ferris wheel while dad found a seat to people watch. It was Mother's day here in the US, so my mom got a free ride on the wheel and a free photo after - what a treat that was! We figured out that she hadn't been on a Ferris wheel since my brother and I were little (my dad doesn't like them), so she was excited to go! We loved the views of the bay from up there, and the ride was so gentle and relaxing that mom, who can occasionally dislike heights, enjoyed it immensely!
From there, it was a short walk to the Huntley Hotel
Our last stop was Third Street Promenenade - a pedestrian shopping street in Santa Monica that I was sure would delight my parents, as it would remind them of its counterpart in Sofia. We even stumbled upon some people dancing salsa on the street in front of Monsoon cafe!
I am so happy my parents were able to see me graduate! It almost makes me want to get my PhD, so they can come see another graduation ceremony. Almost.