I write to you now having returned to campus after WINTER BREAK. The break was busy and crazy and cold and wonderful, and altogether way too short. But alas, I am back on campus.
So before I get consumed in classes and a capella and friends and life here on campus, I want to take a quick moment to look back over my winter break. Here I have prepared for you a 6-stop summary that details some of the adventures my break entailed. So without further ado, here goes!
First stop: the holidays. Over the holidays, I saw lots of relatives, ate a ton of delicious food, and got to celebrate with all of my favorite people. The first picture I have included is of me, me two siblings, my niece, and my Nana posing together on Christmas day! You have to love the holiday spirit!
Stop Two: A family vacation in the Poconos!
For a few days right after Christmas, my entire immediate family went on a vacation to a cabin in the Poconos! We had lots of fun hanging out, playing board games, reading good books, having good conversation, preparing delicious food, and exploring the area. The picture I've included is of my niece standing on the frozen lake that we explored. We had a blast sliding and skating around! Though unbelievably cold, the Poconos are truly stunning. I would definitely recommend visiting if you ever get the chance! And of course, it's always more fun if you bring an awesome two-year old along (:
Stop Three: New Years Eve
After that came New Years Eve! I rang in 2018 in my hometown with some of my best friends from high school and some new friends as well! It was great to see some of my friends again before they head out to study abroad all across the globe! Moreso, ringing in 2018 also meant the commencement of my niece's second birthday! Happy birthday Haya!
Fourth Stop: An Awesome Wedding!
One of my favorite events over the break was getting to attend the wedding of one of my older cousins! It was an awesome day where we got two celebrate two truly incredible people! My extended family is absolutely massive, so it is always awesome to get to see everyone! I had cousins flying in from all over the country, and it was a wonderful night of dancing and celebrating together! The wedding was held on the campus of Villanova University (it was absolutely beautiful!) and the reception was at a beautiful hotel in Delaware. Altogether, it was an awesome celebration of a phenomenal couple!
Stop Five: The Escape Room
Next on the agenda was a family trip to a local Escape Room! If you are unfamiliar with escape rooms, I've included the link to a description here. Basically, it's a physical adventure game where you (and a group of people) are locked inside of a room and have one hour to solve a series of puzzles and get yourselves out of the room! Each escape room has a different theme--from pirates to Sherlock Holmes to the Wild West to Zombies to basically anything else you can imagine! The room we did was at an awesome facility called Escape on Queen and we did a room theme called "The Hideout."
Sixth Stop: Road Trip
Right before heading back up to Amherst for the start of the semester, my boyfriend and I embarked on a road trip! I convinced him that there was no particular destination for the trip--just some random spontaneous adventuring. But after stopping at some fun-sounding stops along the way such as Eats & Sweets, the Bagelmeister, Grilled Cheese and Co., and Moo Thru, I surprised him with a visit to his older sister in Virginia! We had a great night at her apartment and even got the chance to visit her at her work the next morning before heading out to visit one of my older cousins in Maryland! It was a very fun trip to see some awesome people!
And as soon as we got back from the road trip, it was time to embark on the journey back up to Amherst. And that brings us to today! I am back on campus, awaiting the impending semester. And as much as I adore and already miss home, I can't wait to see what this semester holds!