A little over a week ago, Marie, one of my best Peace Corps friends, got married in her hometown of Chesapeake, Virginia. I made the long journey out there from California to attend her wedding, and even after what seemed like countless delays and a cancelled flight, I don't regret it one bit. She's a great friend and was a beautiful bride. Congratulations Marie!
Here are some of my photos of the trip:
Peace Corps friends reunite: Marie, Me, and Sarah
Marie's parents were nice enough to drop me off in downtown Norfolk the next day so I could explore.
Waterfall fountains near MacArthur Memorial
After looking around the memorial, I headed to the waterfront. I got on the ferry to Portsmouth, which is right across the river.
When I got to Portsmouth, I checked out the Maritime Museum
Old boat controls
Then, I walked around old town Portsmouth and took photos of the beautiful old houses. I love all of the interesting architectural details, and the style is very different from what you see in California.
The next day, Marie's parents took me on a tour of Virginia Beach, starting with this cool old hotel, the Cavalier. It was built in the 1920's and has lots of cool period decor.
Then we took a stroll on the beach and I dipped my toes in the Atlantic (for only the second time in my life, the first being on the coast of Ghana!)
Marie's extremely nice parents
I flew home that night (or tried to, because my flight was cancelled!) Anyway, I got home eventually. But I really had a great time and I can't wait to see Virginia again!