! But hey, it'll be worth it =). For the day we hung out in town and then Gabe really wanted to take me to the 'alpine slides' whatever the heck those were. It turned out to be a lotta fun. Imagine a bobsled course and a sled with wheels instead of blades. Haha, it made me feel 5 years old and was a ton of fun. I also got the grand tour of the School of International Training, apparently a really good school for anything international. Beautiful campus in a beautiful area, what else do you need? Rebecca apparently was eyeing their programs as well and practically lost it when I told her how he got in. Hey man, some people just have all the luck =P For dinner we stopped for calzones at this great mom and pop place that happened to be run by a Greek Orthodox priest (random, I know). Gabe had asked about the man's denomination and he returned with, Have you ever been in a Greek Orthodox church? No, we said, and then suddenly found ourselves in this teeny building behind the restaurant that happened to be, yes, a Greek Orthodox church! Haha, can you believe it! It was very beautifully done with gold paint and a mural at the crossing and everything. Most of all it was hilarious that one moment we're eating calzones and the next we're in a Greek Orthodox church in Brattleboro, VT. Go figure =P.
Lunch with Tara was just like our old GHF days except that this time, Tara had amazing news. She's going to the HAGUE to be an lawyer for the prosecutor's office!!!!!!!!!! Ever since I've known Tara she's been talking international human rights law and nothing else and now it feels like her dreams is coming true. Man, it's great. She was like, you better have your passport with you Shannon! =) Among other things, Tara encouraged me to stay for the winter, 'just to do an East coast winter', so we'll see. =) It IS that much closer to the Netherlands!
The weekend was spent working my way back to DC, sola this time since Rebecca hopped out for a few days to go home for her nephew's baptism. It was so great! I got to stop and see Vermont's Green Mountains with Gabe, hang out in Jersey with Tara who just happened to be in NYC for the weekend and make a quick stop in Philly to say hey to Clara. Maybe that's why I have yet to feel lonely on this trip--it seems like everyone is here or has stopped by at some point along the way! Brattleboro, where I met up with Gabe and where he is now going to school (they let him transfer in AND gave him a full ride!) is a great little town and while I was waiting, I stopped by one of their bike shops to take a lookie at touring bikes. I test rode the Aurora and totally love the way road bikes ride! You get so much more power even if they do make me all the more aware of my belly (when you're all hunched over your handlebars, the chub really has no where to go =P). I got an estimate for bike and bags--$1130 plus tax---YOUCH