Days 31-34: Narae in RVA

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

[the one devoted to Narae who loved me enough to visit for a whole weekend.]

| Day 31 |

"Family is faithful, one-hundred percent."

* we took this before leaving the Amtrak parking lot *
"What are hushpuppies?" / "Like corn dogs without the dog part."

They hit it off right away and it made me so so so happy.
 It was so so so exciting that my two worlds collided so perfectly. Jess and Narae were sarcastic with each other from the first minute and, as evidenced by that picture, clearly loved every minute of being together.

| Day 32 |

"Ponerse un disfraz." / "Se puso un disfraz."

Favorite person in my favorite place.
I am so grateful to have a friend who will willingly sit and do homework with me, and will let me practice my drill instructor exercises with her. Plus she loved getting to see ~~the globe~~ from all my snapchats and instagrams. 
First Friday Adventurers.
 For context, First Fridays is a Richmond tradition that involves opening up a bunch of galleries downtown to the public. It's a change of pace from the relatively-preppy Richmond bubble to get down into the VCU territory. 
[somewhere on Broad between Belvidere and Jefferson]
I'm obsessed with this. I don't know what's so captivating about this simple mural, but I love the way that you can't quite tell if he's smiling (facial expression), or upset (body language). I need to go back and see it again. And these murals are scattered all over downtown Richmond and they are beautiful and classy and tactful and lovely. 

| Day 33 |

"It's all very exciting."

~~we love piglet roast~~
Pig Roast is a Richmond tradition that is a really nice excuse to dress up and be with the people you love on a Saturday, but since the frisbee teams will be at regionals, they hosted their own "piglet roast." And it was great.

"What a lady, what a night." (or afternoon as the case may be.)
^ Elise made the best quiche I have ever had in my entire life.
YUM MEXICAN FOOD. (see Day 1 for clarification)
Have you ever been to Cafe Rio? Do you like Mexican food? Is your average East Coast joint just not giving you authentic goodness? Well, Cafe Rio comes close. It's infinitely better than Chipotle and Qdoba. And their guac is free.
Improve-a-thon, hour 12.
U of R's very own improv troupe, Subject To Change, hosted their first ever Improv Has Heart, a 24-hour improv-a-thon to raise money and awareness for the American Heart Association.  After a long day (and cold night), they were able to raise over $2,000 for the cause!! 

| Day 34 |

"Relax, everything's going to be all right; rest, everything's coming together; open your hearts, love is on the way!"

Why is this not on their brochures?
So I had every intention of taking Narae to the James River to watch the sunrise from the Huguenot Flatwater -- but I forgot to set my alarm!!! Luckily I woke up just in time for us to catch it from the school's gazebo. Not the same, but majestic nonetheless. And how appropriate to watch the sun rise on Easter, the day when the Son rose.

I got community service hours for this?! Okay, no big deal.
*It's also super important to note that Sunday was the first time I met a Pi Phi from outside my chapter. She was a mom touring the school who just happened to stop and talk to me about my experiences there and when I brought up the fact that I was in a Greek organization, she said she was a Pi Phi too!! It was single-handedly the most exciting Pi Phi experience since initiation: we got to do the secret handshake and say the things you say and OH WOW IT WAS JUST SO COOL. It validated my experiences, I guess. It was just really so cool the legacy that being part of a Greek organization gives me a chance to be a part of. No lie, I hugged her. And I am not ashamed. I'm only sorry I didn't get a picture of it.*

Since we could't make it for the sunrise, at least we made it for the sunset.
Evening adventures included finally making it to the James, and then to Mosaic for their mac and cheese. *Not a sponsored plug, but their Honey-Sriracha chicken was probably the best thing I've had in all my time in Richmond.*
Because what else would Narae order at a nice restaurant?
Although it wasn't how I typically have spent Easter, I enjoyed every second of it. I loved doing community service, because He came to serve us and to teach us then how to serve others, and to love one another. To love God and love one another, that is to celebrate Christ and Easter and the beauty of being alive. 
Hope is what we crave, and that will never change.
I am thankful for loving friends, for mac and cheese, for River City, and the chances to continue to pursue happiness. 

Happily yours,


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