I'm back in Bavaria after a wonderful 3 weeks in America. It was amazing spending so much time with my family and friends in beautiful warm weather, especially since the day I left Germany we got a FOOT of snow!
South Carolina and Georgia were a little cool, but it felt practically summerlike after a German winter. I couldn't get over the fact that the sun shone THE ENTIRE DAY. This Southern girl needs her sunshine. I spent the first week with my parents in SC, eating all my favorite foods, going shopping with my mom, talking to a high school class about studying/traveling abroad, and of course, snuggling up with my parents' adorable cocker spaniels.
Aren't they so sweet? The black and white one was in love with the little toy dog in the picture and took him EVERYWHERE. It was the cutest thing ever.
After a week in SC I drove down to Savannah, planning to pick my brother up from his deployment. His return date kept getting pushed back, but that allowed me to stay for a week and visit all of my friends. It was the week before St. Patrick's Day, so it was a GREAT time to be home!
My first night back in town, I caught of Montreal's free concert in Forsyth with some of my friends. We went downtown to our favorite hangouts and ended the night with dancing and of course, Sweet Melissa's pizza. Perfect welcome home.
That Saturday was Tara Feis, a big, outdoor, family friendly Irish festival that Savannah puts on every year. I love all the Irish cultural events leading up to the parade (known as the Irish season) because it's all about Irish pride, fun, and enjoying the culture, without all the drunken debauchery and shenanigans of the St. Patrick's Day parade. The weather was amazing and I met up with all my musician friends to watch Runa perform. Their mandolin player is a friend of ours, so it was cool to see him again and catch up! I also got to watch the dancers and ran into half a dozen people I know...that's the nice thing about being home. It's awesome unexpectedly seeing friends around town :)
green fountains! :)
the Philly based band, Runa
I was invited for drinks with the musicians afterwards, but I had to hurry back to Kate's house so we could be there as part of a surprise proposal for her roommate. Her boyfriend was so sweet and got her friends and both their families all at the house so he could propose to her in front of everyone. It was such a sweet, emotional proposal, and she said yes! :)
We all went to high school together, so it was really cool to see the two of them fall in love and be part of their engagement. They're a great couple and even though I didn't know him very well before, I think they're very sweet together and wish them all the best for the future. I was only bummed I couldn't get my camera to work while he was down on one knee!! By the time I figured out the auto focus I missed my chance. Luckily there was a room full of moms and grandmas with cameras ;)
Sunday I was down on River Street and off to Kevin Barry's pub for the weekly Irish session. It was awesome being back with my old session and singing songs and hearing familiar tunes. I really grew up in that pub, and without those musicians encouraging me and giving me a shot when I was younger, I never would've grown the way I did. It was wonderful being there again, but also sad having to say goodbye so soon :(
Monday I unexpectedly ran into an impromptu session downtown while waiting for Kate to get off work. The cast of Celtic Crossroads was in town and just happened to walk into the pub I was in. Wow, that was a mighty session. I was only bummed they weren't there a day earlier so our local session could've met them. They invited me to sing a few songs which was super fun, and I found out the uilleann pipes player, Isaac, was in the same band as the guys I met in NYC this past summer. He also knew our friend Dave (that plays with Runa). Irish music is such a small world. Kate got up and danced a few times and I sang a new song I've been working on called Ballymoe (which I'm hoping to introduce to my German Irish music friends soon!). It was an amazing session and the cast were all great and so funny. Kate and I had to be up early the next morning or we would've stayed all night. This is why I love Savannah :)
Tuesday Kate and I resumed our Taco Tuesday tradition with cheap tacos and margaritas. It was epic.
Man I'm from a beautiful place.. :)
more to come!