Trip Start Aug 30, 2012
Trip End Oct 19, 2012

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Monday, September 3, 2012

After the wedding festivities, I pack up before the wedding brunch over in Woodstock, Connecticut. The Swenson’s have taken me under their wing and I’ll stay out at their house before heading to Boston tomorrow.

It’s a long day of being well looked after, which I‘m so grateful for. I’m being welcomed like family by people who’ve never laid eyes on me before this weekend. They’ve done more for me than people I do know and it‘s blown me away. Sarah, Andrew, Erin, Jess and PJ are staying here as well, so the house is cozy, fun and full of friendly faces.

Bandit and Chris are out at the Publick House one more night so Kate is borrowing Sarah’s dad Dana’s Audi to jet back and forth, which means she has to drive stick on the ‘wrong’ side of the car. I would be too worried but she does the damn thing!

After the brunch crowd clears, I decide to run some errands with Sarah and Andrew in the afternoon and check out some more of the local area, so we zip around discussing the important issues in life. Like… “to get a frosty or not to get a frosty?” “does the cool toy in a kids meal make it worth getting?” and “does anyone else have that moment of panic when you think the lunchables components aren’t going to match up?” (they always do).

Back in Woodstock it’s cocktail hour, and Dana is the lemon drop martini master. It’s truly an art, right down to the chilled martini glasses and sugar rim! Although we can definitely feel the first cocktail we’re all so up for another, and it’s a lazy afternoon on the porch drinking, chatting and hanging out before dinner.

Bandit and Chris arrive back along with Sarah’s cousin and her partner so it’s a big lively feast as we try to demolish the leftover food from all the festivities this weekend. One thing gone quickly is Jess’ zucchini casserole which is to die for! 

A long, 12 person, 3 deck game of ‘sh*thead’ follows dinner… and while I end up being the ‘sh*thead’ I blame it not on my lack of skills but on Jess’ impressive card skills. There’s time for a chat in the hot tub with Jess and PJ before the best sleep I’ve had for a long while. I’m safe in this big old beautiful house, with people I am so blessed and grateful to have met, and for the first time in days there’s no plane noise or AC blasting in my ear - just the windows open to the quiet New England night air. The world just feels right tonight.

The next day, the after effects of hurricane Isaac reach the Northeast and it is pouring. We’re lucky the weather was so stunning for the wedding weekend! I’m up for breakfast with everyone in the kitchen where Dana and Cheri are making amazing Mexican omelettes (to order!), but being spoilt doesn’t end there as Cheri has packed each and every one of us a little snack bag to take for the road. BEST.

We’re headed off to Boston in two car loads today, so I say goodbye to Swenny, Andrew, Bandit and Chris who have the earliest flights out of the USA so are heading off with Cheri. A few hours later, the ‘not leaving the USA’ car departs and Dana takes Jess, PJ, Erin and myself off to Boston. A huge perk of being in this car is that we get to stop at Anna’s Taqueria for lunch! Jess went to college up here in Beantown so she frequented this place and it is amaaaaaazing Mexican!

Although everyone else is off to the airport they drop me right at the hostel door, and setting out on my own I’m a little nervous about what awaits me because I have such a long period of time alone on this trip - not something I’ve ever done for this long before.

After the first night here though, it’s so far so good. I’ve explored town a little and met a chicken (yes a chicken) named Henry Rizzo who lives in a vintage store on Newbury street. The hostel is amazing, and it also wasn’t all that long before I had made a friend named Zita, headed out for drinks and dinner and even learned some Lithuanian.

Happiness is a new friend to do laundry and share candy with…

Your B. xx
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Jess on

It was totally my mad card-playing skills. :) Glad you had such a good time with all of us and felt so welcomed. Any time you want to come back and visit, our doors are always open...plus the skiing in Denver rocks and PJ and I would love to have you and show you around!

sparkeflies on

Thanks Jess! I really am so glad that I got to come be part of such a special event and to meet everyone. And I appreciate everything you guys did for me so much! I'll get to work on my skiing skills. ;)

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