What can Brown do for you?

Our road trip went by so fast that I didn’t even have time to squeeze in another blog post before I arrived home today. Regardless, this doesn’t mean I can’t just tell you about all the awesome things we did now.

Monday was our big day trip to Providence, Rhode Island to visit Fred at Brown University. We left the house at around 10 because we had to meet Fred at noon at her residence. Our evil GPS lady, Minoris tried to get us killed by suggesting that we cross 4 lanes of heavy highway traffic to get off at our exit – but I knew better and ignored her evil directions. We made her redirect us and eventually made it to Fred’s residence.

The campus is really big and beautiful and the residences are intertwined into this lovely neighbourhood of big colourful homes. Fred’s residence is very sixties, made mostly of concrete, a bit like the LSC for those of you who know Dalhousie. We were informed by our lovely guide, that the building has no common rooms because it had to be riot proof. So no living rooms – I guess potlucks are out of the question then!?

Fred had her room all done up with pink curtains and a nice purple rug. It was very Fred and very homey as well, a most impressive feat for the kind of room it was. We went for a quick bite to eat at this little lunch spot not far from campus, where we finally found our first American veggie burgers. Adam and I hadn’t had much luck with this yet so it was kind of exciting. Simon, Fred’s boyfriend joined us as well and he is really very cool, not that I expected anything different!

After lunch Fred had a 1 hour class called Love – so naturally we had to attend. I had trouble focusing on the prof because the class was so comfortable and sunny and new. It was just such a nice intelligent atmosphere, with the exception of the prof’s pronunciation of Montagne, which was more like Montagna as Fred pointed out.

After class, we walked a bit more around the campus and sat on one of the well manicured lawns in the sun and discussed important things like gossip and travel plans… my favourite!

Next, we walked downtown, passing by RISD (Road Island School of Design), also amazing and then shopped for a little while in all the cool funky shops. I really didn’t know what to expect of Providence, but it was a lot bigger than I thought.

We had ice cream and then continued out walk and window shop. Fred is really knowledgeable about the school and city so we picked up a lot of interesting tidbits along the way. We also got to see Fred’s soon to be first apartment just off the main strip, and visit the Brown bookstore!

It was just so exciting. We reluctantly had to end our evening, but we had a little hang out time and a quick sushi dinner before we hopped back in the car and ignored Minoris’ directions all the way back to our bed in the attic.

We of course played a late night game of scrabble and watched a bad movie before sleeping. On Tuesday morning we woke up at a reasonable hour, got ready and headed to downtown Boston to take in the sights and more or less the shopping. We had the most delicious crepes for breakfast at Mr Crepe and I would say be sure to check it out if you are near Davis square in Boston. ( I had the Super Pear – Spiced pears with crumbled blue cheese and arugula… mmmm)

We spent the day wandering up Newberry Street where we saw so many cool stores and people. We had a hand treatment done at Lush and went to the most gigantic Apple store I have ever seen too. We had a big dinner before getting back on the T (subway) and heading home so that we could get on the road to Bangor before we were too tired.

After many goodbyes to baby Noel, Kerry and Marc we set off down the highway to Bangor. We had only one stop to make and that was at a Target for trail mix. We hit up the Target at about 9:30 – leaving 20 minutes later with trail mix, 2 wild print snuggies and energy drinks. It was epic.

We stayed the night at a lovely hotel in Bangor where we frolicked around in our Snuggies – mine leopard and Adam’s, zebra print.

We slept like logs after driving and singing to Aqua too loudly. The next morning, Wednesday morning we awoke, got ready and dashed out the door as we had to be back in Halifax for 6pm because I had my final ESL class. We drove straight all day, stopping only to refuel on Subway for lunch. We arrived back in Halifax only a couple of minutes late and I ended up presenting my big final project to my class very successfully.

I had so much fun traveling with Adam and Boston was just so cool! I would definitely go back any time. You should all go now that I think about it.

Thanks so much for reading about our adventures!

The next couple of weeks may be a bit sparse in terms of posting as I will be prepping for my move to France and also organizing myself in Toronto, but I will do my best to keep you updated anyways.

Love you all

Spec.

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The Road-trip begins…

Two days ago, Adam and I left Halifax at about 6:30pm to start out big adventure to Boston. On Thursday night we drove to Saint John in New Brunswick to stay at Adam’s mom’s house. The drive wasn’t too bad but it did get dark pretty quickly, or at least it felt like it did. I once drove through New Brunswick a couple of years ago when I was on my way to Dalhousie but we didn’t stay the night, so I never really counted it as a place I had been. This has now changed – Adam’s mom’s place was really nice and I slept so well to be prepared for the big trip the next day.

We got an early start on Friday morning, went to Cora’s for breakfast, which always makes for a good start, and then started driving. Our first stop was Portland, Maine where we were staying the night. We arrived in Portland around 3:30 and our first order of business was to get to the Maine Mall and get an Ipad for Adam.

For those of you who are wondering – it is really super cool. Last night he loaded all the apps onto it and we played scrabble and he even found a Tenori app (which turns it into one of these music makers that I have always wanted.)  So this proved to be a worthy purchase.

It rained all day yesterday, and was sort of misty and foggy everywhere. Coming into Portland wasn’t incredibly picturesque because f the weather but last night we had a little taste of the city when we went to One Longfellow Square to see one of Adam’s favourite artist’s play, Kris Delmhorst. The venue was this great little building in the shape of a triangle at the peak of an intersection. Everything around it in the intersection looked very cool and classy, restaurants and bars included.

The show was opened by guitarist, singer and illustrator, Andy Friedman. I really enjoyed his set as he reminded me a bit of a modern day Johnny Cash. His style was quirky and deep and all around really enjoyable. He also had illustrations for sale at the swag table and they were really great as well. His work has been featured numerous times in The New York Times which is also very cool.
Kris Delmhorst came on after and played a really awesome set. She was funny and interactive and her voice is beautiful. It really reminded me of how little folk music I have listened to lately, and how I should really start again. She also had her following of fans there who called out for her to play songs from 10 or 15 years ago – forcing her to recall the words. It was a great show and some good laughs as well. (Now if I could only forgive the obnoxious semi drunk lady in front of us who wouldn’t stop pretending to whisper to her boyfriend throughout the entire show.)
After the show we walked back to our hotel about 15 minutes away and settled down to explore the Ipad’s infinite capabilities. I am currently winning at a game of Scrabble.  We also watched Pirate Radio, a movie about a rock radio station in the 60s/70s that broadcasted from a boat, as it was the only way to play rock music legally  in a time of uptight crooner infested music.
So yesterday was a great time. We sang all day in the car, and imitated our Iphone GPS lady more than you can imagine. “Please turn left in 300 km” which should have been followed by “Please stop singing.”
Today we are off to Boston where we will see David Sedaris live!!! I will keep you updated as I go. Stay tuned!
Spec
Ps if you are planning on being in the Boston area any time soon you should check this out as it sounds like it’s going to be amazing. A folk opera.. oh yes!

The cat (or should I say chat?) is out of the bag!!!

So now that I have officially quit my job to pursue my life as a vagabond, I can announce to you my big news. Spec is moving on. I am moving to France! I will step into Paris on the morning of May 5th, and I can hardly contain myself. I have decided that for this big trip, for which there is no end date as of yet, I need to become more fashion-savvy and up to date, so I will be ditching a lot of my saturday/sunday sweats for skirts and nice black pants, and accessories accessories accessories! There is just so much to do in so little time.

I must say, the most exciting thing about leaving is that I get to see my dear friend Thibaut who lives in Paris, who I have not seen in over 9 months! Can you imagine!?

I have big plans for Paris, and I must also add that I have never set foot in Europe so suggestions and ideas of things to do would be greatly appreciated.  I have no plan as of yet but am going to work on that over the next couple of weeks. I have a multitude of links for traveling blogs and websites that I will be sharing in upcoming posts for those of you who are interested in traveling.

For the next few weeks that I have left, I have a big list of things to do, including finishing my French courses, packing my things, selling some jewelry/accessories, oh and take a trip to Boston…

Yes I am also going to Boston for 4 days with my wonderful friend Adam. I can’t believe all of the amazing opportunities I have been given in the last little while, I feel so lucky. We are hitting up Boston to see David Sedaris live in concert! Followed by a quick trip to the prestigious educational institute they like to call Brown.

Why Brown you ask?! Well, one of my best friends, Frederique, goes to Brown and is a star, or at least I am convinced she is. I can’t wait to see her as it has been months since we have seen each other.  Could life get any more exciting than this!? I think not!

Ok people, start thinking up things for me to do in Europe, I have a couple of ideas up my sleeve which I will be telling you about. We are back in business, life is busy in the exciting way again, so I can start writing about things you may actually want to read about. Let us rejoice together! Hooray!

TAH!

Spec