Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Spring Break

As I am just recovering from my 17th flight across the Atlantic, I thought it would be a good time to post some pictures from the last couple of weeks. I had full intentions of blogging throughout my spring break, but was on the go for most of my break and didn't get the chance to.

Originally I had no intention of heading back to the U.S. until the end of June, but when one of my best friends, also Liz, announced her engagement, I couldn't fathom not being with her for on her big day. I am so blessed by the friends that I have, and was reminded once again of this amazing friendship when Liz planned her wedding on the day that I told her would work best for me. 

I flew into Boston to spend a couple of days wedding planning with Liz before we packed up and drove with her fiance to his hometown of Kitchener, Ontario. The next several days were spent with last minute wedding details and running errands.

Several other close friends flew in from different states and we had a blast catching up. I've known both Liz and Sarah for years and I no longer think of them as "best friends" but as sisters. In fact, when Liz was coming up with the list of wedding attendants for the photographers, she listed us as her "pseudo-sisters."

I think this is my favorite photo from the wedding as I say one last goodbye and the groom waits impatiently in the car. 

After the wedding Sarah, Courtney and I headed down to the Buffalo airport and got to see Niagara Falls along the way.

It was a slight letdown due to the mist that obstructed the view and we were only able to see the corner of the falls.

At the Buffalo Airport, I dropped off Sarah and Courtney, while picking up a rental car and my Aunt Cathy. Cathy and I drove to a relative's house for the night where we shared pictures and stories and caught up with them.

They live right beside a river in the beautiful countryside of Eden, NY.

Evidence that spring is around the corner in upstate New York.

We had a great time vising Art and June while touring Buffalo and the surrounding areas.

 I was once again in awe of the amazing sunset, which was a stark contrast from the hazy, polluted sky in Nigeria.
Chunks of ice left floating on Lake Erie.

The next day, Cathy and I had a long drive up to Montreal. The weather changed drastically, from a nice warm 80 degree temperature on Sunday, to somewhere in the low 30's on Tuesday. The cold temperature, combined with wind and rain caused us the spend the day in an art gallery, rather than touring the city. 

Later that day, we drove up to Quebec and immediately fell in love with the city. It's old, full of character and has so much history. French Canada is so much different from the rest of the country. You feel as if you stepped into a completely different country.

That night, Cathy and I had a fondue dinner while the snow started outside. For someone who's been in 90+ heat for the past several months, it was a winter-wonderland. (to the people of Quebec, I'm sure it wasn't as they have been waiting impatiently for spring to come).

The next day we walked around the city in sub freezing temperatures, but coming from Nigeria, it was great!

Watch out for the falling ice!
Aunt Cathy and I had a blast together and ended our trip with a drive down to Boston.

My last stop before reaching Nigeria was a long layover in Dubai. I was able to do a little bit of site-seeing in the short time that I had. I was able to put my feet in the Arabian Gulf, travel on the man-made palm island, watch an assortment
 fish swimming by in the massive aquarium in Atlantis and strain my neck to see the top of the Burj Khalif, the tallest building in the world. From a city that was nothing but a few buildings and a dirt road 20 years ago, to this massive city the can claim ownership of all the biggest and best that the world has to offer.

She said I think I'll go to Boston...

I think I'll start a new life,

I think I'll start it over, where no one knows my name,

I'll get out of (Nigeria), I'm tired of the weather,
Oh yeah and I think I'll go to Boston,
I think that I'm just tired
I think I need a new town, to leave this all behind...
I think I need a sunrise, I'm tired of the sunset,
I hear it's nice in the Summer, some snow would be nice... oh yeah,

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