I guess when you live somewhere for the better part of 18 years you end up with a lot of friends to see on your return visits. After our Duluth-to-Key West road trip – and after passing from late winter in Duluth to summer in Florida – we flew north to Boston. And almost back to winter, it seemed, with temperatures in the upper 30s on our first day back. Soon though the weather perked up, spring sprang, and we were into a whirlwind of lunch and dinner visits.
Although Mark was almost dreading the visit – too much scheduled, too many friends to see – it turned out to be wonderful. On our first afternoon in town we checked into the W in Boston’s Theater District and quickly headed to our old office in Somerville. It was a long walk but of course filled with memories. Then it was time to do a little visiting in the office – they continue to expand and have done a much better job than I ever did of insisting the landlord fix things up a bit – and off to Happy Hour with a bunch of the senior staff with whom we used to work. Mark & I both had a great time catching up with people and we had to almost be dragged away to have dinner with our friends Marc & David.
The one regret about the visit is that too often we forgot to get pictures with our friends. We were so busy talking during Happy Hour, for instance, neither of us took a single picture. Then out to dinner with Marc & David and we had so much fun we forgot to take a single picture. (Of course, we’ve traveled with them in Corsica, the former Yugoslavia, and the Dolomites, so there are plenty of pictures of them elsewhere on the blog….) And we didn’t always learn our lessons well; we had lunch late in our stay with friends Janet & Gavin … and no pictures. And then even when we tried it didn’t always work out: we had dinner one night with Deborah & Andy, great friends from graduate school and the pictures were just too dark and blurry to use.
Whether or not there were pictures, though, it was so much fun to reconnect with so many friends over a few days. Just like our experiences earlier during this trip home in Virginia, Michigan, and Minnesota I really get the sense that if I have this much fun visiting with old friends and family, maybe we should spend more time in the States and even get a place to live. So after a week of house hunting in Miami Beach from here we’re going to New York City for two weeks to figure out if that’s where we want to live.