Tuesday, July 5, 2011

There's No Place Like Home

Can you believe that 2011 is more than 1/2 way over?! As I get older, I find that time keeps going by faster and faster, and June seemed to disappear in the blink of an eye. I have always loved the expression, times flies when you are having fun. This couldn't be more true of the past few weeks which have been some of the best since 2011 started. When I moved to Scotland back in September, I had a one way ticket, and I wasn't sure when I would be returning back to USA until my friend got engaged this past Christmas and set a date for the wedding. Once the date was set, I immediately booked my flight back home and on June 15 I boarded the new Airbus A380 to set forth on my 2 1/2 week trip home to the USA. Having been away for almost a year, it was great to walk through customs to be greeted by the immigration officer saying, "Welcome home Ms. Thorne." Ok I know, this is super cheesy, but honestly I was so proud to be an American in that moment and happy to be back on US soil.  My parents  picked me up from the airport, and pulling into my driveway to see the house I have lived in since the day I was brought home from the hospital was such a great moment. Waiting for me was my grandma who was so happy to see me in person since we only get to see each other via skype these days. After a quick drop and go, my family headed to eat at one of my favortie restaurants, and I was happy to drive us there since I don't drive in Scotland. My Aunt Pam and Uncle Bub met us there, along with my best friend of 22 years Michelle!  I pushed through the jetlag and enjoyed the evening with my family, thinking to myself that this was the perfect way to start my holiday. 

The next morning I had a date with the dentist, because unfortunately I am not a fan of the dentist here in the Burgh. After a clean report of no cavities I loaded my car up and headed south to Richmond, Virginia for my friend Christina's Bachelorette Party. It was great catching up with all of my old friends, sharing the latest gossip, and getting to eat at some of my favortie places while in RVA.  

And as the weekend rolled on, reunions with old friends continued. My good friends Sean and Ryan came out to meet me at my old hot spot, the Iron Horse. I love these two!  
One of my most favorite Ashland townies Trey. If you are reading this Mr. Flanagan the offer stands for you to come and visit! 

Love my fellow Horticulture Hokies! Justin, Ellis, Adrian and I all graduated from VA Tech together and seize any opportunity to reunite when we can! 

Next came the wedding festivities, and my parents met me in RVA to celebrate the Cozart Wedding. 

It was such a joyous day, and not only did we get to celebrate the bride and groom, but the reunions of old friends kept on coming. Here I am with Senske and Ortie, two of my old friends from Randolph-Macon.  

I was so happy to see my travel buddy Catherine who I haven't seen since our trip to Prague last November.   Congratulation's Catherine on your recent graduation from Duke, so excited for you!!!!!!!!

Thomas and Christina- the Bride and Groom 

 Me, Amy, Christina, and Sarah. Ladies I love you all and miss you so much! So glad we got to spend some time together while I was home. Looking forward to March 2012! 

After the wedding it was back up to DC to pick up my friend Lynsey who flew in from Edinburgh to meet me for the second half of my holiday. I was really excited to show her around my home town! 

It was chaos from the moment Lynsey arrived, because we went directly from the airport to Baltimore to see U2 in concert. There were 80,000 people in attendance and I was able to get some great shots  of Bono. 

 My brother David was able to join us for the concert. He will be travelling to Scotland next weekend for his first trip overseas. Can't wait to show him around Edinburgh and Dublin! 

 After the U2 concert it was back to Vienna for show #2, Peter Frampton. I must say, this old guy still has it and in my opinion this show was 10 times better than U2 show. I was also excited because my friends Adrian, Michelle, Donna, Carla, and my mom joined us for the show.

The next morning it was up early to head to the beach in Ocean City, Maryland. It was so nice to spend a week relaxing with family and friends while catching some rays! We enjoyed riding bikes on the boardwalk, grilling out, swimming in the Atlantic, and enjoying beautiful sunsets every night. 

A week at the beach was a perfect way to end my holiday to the USA. Although it was so hard to leave my family and friends, the exciting upcoming adventures I had waiting for me back in Europe helped me get back on the plane. Thanks to all of my family and friends who made my vacation so special! I love you all so much and can't wait to see you in March 2012!
Until next time, I will see you on the internet. 

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