Tuesday, April 12, 2011
A couple of weekends ago I drove out of the city to spend a girls weekend with my friend Diana. Her and her fiancé recently moved out of the city to Greenwich. I've been in Connecticut before, for games or checking out schools, but I've never actually visited the state for the sake of visiting. I left the city Friday night, drove way too slow for my own good, and arrived at Diana's around dinner time. We put together a nice girls night spread and settled in for the evening. Lua came with me for the weekend trip and even had some play time with Diana's pup Bella.
We woke up early Saturday morning and headed to yoga. We met up with another one of our friends, Kaleigh for the class. I used to play lacrosse with these girls in college so it was especially nice to be doing something active when we met up. I'm used to being in spandex around them, this was nothing new. Plus, I thought they would give me great advice seeing as it was my first time trying yoga. After an amazing class (now obsessed) we drove into town for brunch. We talked about our days as athletes, told funny stories about boys, shared the healthier ways we eat and our future life plans. Like I said, girl stuff.
We relaxed for the rest of the day until Diana and I headed to the shoreline to go for a walk before dinner. One of the strangest things about going to the beach was being able to see the Manhattan skyline. It was so bizarre to me to see the city from that far away. Especially from a water view. It really made me notice the magnitude of the city. It unexpectedly stirred up an appreciation for the city I'm currently calling home. You don't always realize those things until you step back and look at where are you from a different angle. Whether it's the city you live in, or something much bigger.
Diana and I spent Sunday meandering around town. We grabbed breakfast and then coffee in the sun. There was more sharing, questioning, and really listening to each other that morning than I've had in a long time. She put some great thoughts in my head, and made me consider a few new ones. By the afternoon it was time for me to leave the suburbs and head back into the city.
Diana and her fiancé's new place is only a forty minute drive from my apartment in the city. I have a feeling I'll be making many more trips up as the weather continues to get nicer. I admit that people might perceive Greenwich, Connecticut as a place that is stuck-up, preppy, and only for an elite group of people. That said, every place you travel to is what YOU make it. The quaint main street was lined with boutiques, coffee shops, and cozy places to eat. The nearby shoreline gave the town a maritime feel that I always appreciate. And there was this weekend-out-of-Manhattan energy to it. For a lot of people it seemed to be a place to get away from the city and have some air to breath. I had an amazing weekend doing just that.
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