Trip to Virginia

A little over a week ago, Marie, one of my best Peace Corps friends, got married in her hometown of Chesapeake, Virginia. I made the long journey out there from California to attend her wedding, and even after what seemed like countless delays and a cancelled flight, I don’t regret it one bit. She’s a great friend and was a beautiful bride. Congratulations Marie!

Here are some of my photos of the trip:

Peace Corps friends reunite: Marie, Me, and Sarah

Marie’s parents were nice enough to drop me off in downtown Norfolk the next day so I could explore.
Waterfall fountains near MacArthur Memorial
MacArthur Memorial

After looking around the memorial, I headed to the waterfront. I got on the ferry to Portsmouth, which is right across the river.

When I got to Portsmouth, I checked out the Maritime Museum

Old boat controls

WWII poster

Then, I walked around old town Portsmouth and took photos of the beautiful old houses. I love all of the interesting architectural details, and the style is very different from what you see in California.

The next day, Marie’s parents took me on a tour of Virginia Beach, starting with this cool old hotel, the Cavalier. It was built in the 1920’s and has lots of cool period decor.

Then we took a stroll on the beach and I dipped my toes in the Atlantic (for only the second time in my life, the first being on the coast of Ghana!)

Marie’s extremely nice parents

After Virginia Beach, we went to the Botanical Garden, which was huge! We only had time to see a small fraction of it.

I flew home that night (or tried to, because my flight was cancelled!) Anyway, I got home eventually. But I really had a great time and I can’t wait to see Virginia again!