For the past 14 months I’ve been working on a Master’s Degree in Information Systems at Virginia Commonwealth University and one of the final parts of the program is an international trip to Greece and Cyprus. We left VCU Friday night flying to Germany and then to Athens.
It was a lot of travel without a lot of sleep and it went about as well as it could have. Once we arrived in Athens we checked into our hotel that is located in an old part of town very close to the historical sites. Several of us went out to explore just after dark and went around many of the historic and tourist sites. There were so many restaurants and we found one quaint street with nothing but small restaurants with outdoor seating and live music in a cozy atmosphere. We made plans to go back there later in the week.
This weekend was Preston’s Bachelor Party in Myrtle Beach. We had a great house for 15 of us right on the beach. We all had fun hanging out on the beach, playing wiffle ball, corn hole, golfing and watching march madness.
This February I had another chance to visit Jess in Dallas and we got to see and experience more of the city. This trip included visiting AT&T Stadium, Dallas Musuem of Art, seeing An American in Paris and going 2-stepping at a Cowboy bar.
After spending some time in Dallas – Jess and I headed down to Austin to explore the city and surrounding area. One of the first things we did was visit the Hamilton Pool Preserve. It was an overcast day, we were there early and it was pretty deserted.
We visited some other parks, walked a portion of the trail around Lady Byrd ‘lake’ and visited an exhibit of Dr. Suess art. Those are all the things we did between eating awesome food at a variety of places around town.
This summer I got to take Jess and join my family in Portland Oregon for 6 days of touring any my sister’s wedding. We stayed in a boutique hotel in downtown Portland that was walkable to a lot of neat restaurants and parks.
For Day 2 Jess and I spent the whole day on a tour driving around Willamette Valley tasting some fantastic pinot noirs that the region is known for.
The next day we spent some time at the Oregon Brewer’s festival.
The wedding was at a beautiful botanical garden. We had fun seeing family, reuniting with old friends and meeting new ones from across the country. We had a lot of fun celebrating with my sister Cheryl and her new husband Dean.
On the last day of touring we visited Multnomah Falls and the Bonneville Dam on the Columbia River