Thursday, November 30, 2017

Life Lately | November

October was all about weekend excursions, and to a point, so was November. Every weekend was full of something fun, if somewhat routine: traipsing around Raleigh on the first Friday of the month to look at all the street art and gallery exhibits, spending Saturday evenings at local breweries with friends, drinking coffee and making turkey crafts with the girls at church. 

But then there were also the more abnormal moments. A hastily planned trip to Washington D.C. to visit friends from the summer and interview at a D.C.-based nonprofit turned out to be exactly the thing I needed. I spent seven hours on a Sunday afternoon with a former fellow intern and we walked around the Mall and through the American History Museum, ending up at a sports bar below the Verizon Center for burgers and then at a favorite corner coffee shop for cortados and fudgy brownies. I stayed up late at another friend's house, drinking peppermint tea and gushing over recent Brooklyn 99 episodes. I rode the Metro on autopilot, still remembering the order of the stops and the sequence of line changes from the summer, and absentmindedly pointed out the directions to different monuments when stopped by tourists on the street. For a little while it was like the summer had never ended and I still lived there, remembering all the things I love about being in the nation's capital.

The most exciting part of the month, however, and the one I'm still reeling from, is my family's Thanksgiving trip to Rome. It had been in the works for so many months that I'd honestly forgotten about it until the week before. I've been to Italy before - I spent Easter weekend there a couple years ago whilst on a semester exchange to Germany - but had never been to Rome, and I was extraordinarily excited by the chance to once again chow down on real pizza and explore the streets of an old European city. I have many more words and photos to share from the trip, but suffice it to say this November was a memorable one that I won't be forgetting anytime soon.

Watching // Alias Grace (obsessed!!!), The Sinner
Viewing // Thor: Ragnarok, Murder on the Orient Express
Listening // Snow by Angus & Julia Stone
Reading // Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
Planning // Christmas

Published elsewhere //
Into the Fold
Setting Sail on Adult Friendships - a piece about the strange process of forming friendships as an adult
Atlas Addict
City Guide | Washington D.C. - a guide to what to eat and do in the capital of the US
Reading List | Salt Houses - Hala Alyan's story of a Palestinian family set against the background of the tumultuous Middle East
November | Kaleidoscope Season - my monthly column for the Stories From the Road series

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