It’s sixth period gym class. I’m in seventh grade, wearing awkward red gym shorts that fall to my knees and an oversized Nike t-shirt that looked a lot cooler on the rack when I begged my stepmom to buy it for me. My long hair is pulled back into a frizzy ponytail pulled way too tight on my skull and I’m dreading the inevitable words that always begin my least favorite day of the week: “We’re playing dodgeball today.”
A weekend getaway in four parts: Providence, Rhode Island, Coventry, Rhode Island, Marblehead, Massachusetts and Salem, Massachusetts. I had always wanted to visit Salem in October and a couple weeks ago, I finally had the opportunity to cross that item off my bucket list.
My trip to Chicago was originally for a work conference, but I stayed the weekend at an AirBnB to really check out all the windy city had to offer. I was not disappointed. The lovely Veronica flew out to meet me and we took on the city like true tourists: we went to the beach, biked miles through the city, visited the Art Institute, visited Millennium Park, sat in on an open mic in Wicker Park, went shopping, went to an outdoor Farmer’s Market, enjoyed the view from our AirBnB’s rooftop and ate so, so much great food and drank so much delicious coffee.