Beantown!

Last month I made my final trip back to the States until we move back. (I can’t believe it’s been a month already… time flies.) One of my best friends from college, and a most wonderful person, took the big leap with one of his best friends and got married. Because they’re home state of Wisconsin doesn’t allow gay marriage yet (I have high expectations that ONE day the whole country will get their act together), they did the marriage ceremony in Boston and a little more than a month later (July 6th) had the big ceremony and reception in Wisconsin. What is so amazing is that because of the Supreme Court rulings two weeks ago, their marriage is now recognized in Wisconsin! Unfortunately I wasn’t able to make the trip for the big reception (it looked amazing! beer at the ceremony? I think so!), but I was able to celebrate their marriage with them and see some of my favorite people at the same time. Here are some of my favorite pictures from the trip.

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On the T, on my way to Lily’s apartment after staying with my friends Elaine and Brian for a night. “The next stop is… The doors will open on the right.” So. many. memories.

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Went to the beach outside of Boston for the first time ever. I had no idea. So beautiful!

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Love this girl!! She graciously hosted me for 5 nights. It was really wonderful to get to spend so much time with her. Looking forward to the fall. 😉

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A sensation sweeping Boston (and possibly other parts of the US). Self serve natural soft serve frozen greek yogurt with like 20 different flavors and even more toppings. So fun, but dangerous though because they charge based on weight.

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Ms Gabriela came up from NYC to visit! So wonderful to see her. She and her crazy husband are living in Kenya for 3 months!!

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Walking through Boston, I am always taken a little aback by the architecture and how wonderfully the historic buildings mesh with the modern. Just a reminder of how old the city is and how much history it has seen.

Memorial for the Boston Marathon Bombings.

Amidst all the amazing moments during the long weekend, this one was a bit sobering. I’m not so arrogant to think that these things can’t happen in a city I’ve grown to know and love. Though we all have come to enjoy the relative safety that comes with living in the United States, these things do happen. They happen all over the world, every day. But I think coming here brought on more emotions than I expected. A joyous event, a party in the city, darkened by a few people. I could get into all the political commentary that goes along with this, but really I think coming here forced me to remember that what happened in Boston does happen so much more frequently in other countries. That some people live in fear. Everyday innocent families and people. And we shouldn’t be desensitized to that.

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Back to happier moments…

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Lily lives very close to the fens so in the morning I would take a little jog around the random wilderness that is smack dab in the middle of the city.

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There’s a community flower and vegetable garden in the Fens. Plots range in size and each is designed differently. Some are filled with wild flowers, others with foundtains and hammocks, still others with herbs and vegetables, though those are fewer. There are little paths curving between many of the plots and sometimes you’ll see people in their area tending to their gardens.

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Darn geese. They are nasty. I didn’t even get close to them and got viciously attacked by one of them. I never appreciated how strong their wings are until one was beating unrelentingly against my leg.

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Fish Tacos from El Pelon!!! One of our groups favorite places to eat in college. You can see why.

Sergio and Jonathon get married!! 

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First dance.

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They didn’t even drink any alcohol. A little scary.

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Mel is going to kill me for this one, but I love it! She looks like such a rocker.

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Besties!!

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We had the place to ourselves and the DJ let us request any song we wanted. Amazing.

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Adonis.

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And his bro.

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The end of an amazing night.

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Amazing sunset during my layover at JFK Airport. I was so sad to leave everyone, but happy to get back to my hubby. I love my friends and sometimes wish we all weren’t so adventurous. We’re spread across the world right now. Kenya, Argentina, New York, Boston, Wisconsin, Colorado, DC… and so on. But I do know that we will always find our way back to each other and when we do it will be like no time has passed at all.

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