I decided to break up my vacation recap into a few parts, because I know already it’s going to be picture-overload for you guys (I am sorry, but I am not sorry. I just want to give you a heads up right now and hope you don’t mind!).
We spent the first few days of our trip in Connecticut, where we visited some dear friends that we hadn’t seen in 3 years. It was our first time flying cross-country with Southwest airlines (which is a domestic airline, for all you non-American readers) and besides the fact that they don’t serve any food (even on the longer cross-country legs), we were really happy with the service. The advantage of flying with Southwest was that they service smaller airports across the country and so we were able to fly into Hartford, CT, which is much closer to our final destination than, let’s say, JFK or La Guardia in NY.
We also got the chance to explore the capital for a little while, before heading over to Southport, where our friends live.
I thought the State Capitol was really pretty. With its golden dome and the many arches, towers and spikes, it looked more like a castle than a capitol building.
The Old State House is in the center of town and reminded me of many of the old state houses in the New England area with its brick base, a small white cupola and a bell.
We took a little lunch break at a local coffee shop and got some food from a small deli nearby.
And then later that afternoon, we headed over to Southport to meet up with our friends Ute and Justin, and for the next 36 hours I pretty much completely forgot that I had a camera, because we had so much fun just hanging out and catching up. Ahem. I have no photographic evidence of the first time we met their cute daughter Maya, the pizza we had in their backyard on Friday night, the tenth and tenth of fireflies buzzing around, the endless conversations, the pool time on Saturday with one of Ute’s lovely friends, the yummy Thai dinner and more backyard lounging. We were just way too busy having fun.
I profusely apologize. But hey, I took a snapshot with my iPhone of the yummy coconut French toast that was served for breakfast on Saturday morning!
I then finally remembered on Sunday that I had a camera and made good use of it at Maya’s first birthday party!
Here I am with the birthday girl!
It was a gorgeous day with sunshine, yummy food, great company and a whole lot of fun!
clockwise: Ute and I, J and Justin, J and I, Maren and I
Besides Ute and Justin, I was finally able to meet up with a long-time (online) friend and fellow German, Maren, who lives in NJ. She came all the way out to Maya’s birthday party to see me! Hooray! It was so awesome to finally meet in person, although it felt like we had known each other forever. No awkwardness at all!
I also met another online friend, Marie, and her adorable son Jacob at Maya’s party. I found out only a couple of months ago that she and Ute knew each other and I was thrilled that I was able to meet up with her, too. What a crazy small world!
I cannot believe how fast this weekend flew by. We had such a wonderful time and it was very, very hard to say goodbye again. J and I definitely realized once again how important friends are and how much we miss not having a group of local friends around. We need to do this again!!!