Well I guess this is kind of poetic in a sense, it’s almost the last week of summer and I’m writing about our holiday that really kicked our summer off you could say. We left for Toronto mid May and spent the last 3 days of our holiday in Charleston before coming back to Victoria at the end of May. Since then we have flown through June, July and nearly August now. The summer flew by with lots of visitors and working lots. I remember when I was a kid and I loved summers, even as a teenager and into my twenties. As I get older though I realize I like the idea of summer more than summer itself. The best part of my summers now is when my sister comes home to visit, nothing beats that! I also love having Dave’s family visit Victoria too but by the end of it I am usually beat, which is about now. I feel like it is so hard to take it easy in the summer because there is always something going on. In the winter saying no to an event is easy and the excuses come easy too. But in the summer you feel bad if you’re not taking advantage of those long days and sunny weekends. I love Fall so I am really looking forward to the change of seasons and taking a step back from the busyness of summer. I don’t want to complain or wish the months away but I am feeling pretty burnt out at the moment, it took a lot of convincing myself to even write a blog post!
As I write this post I am trying to think about everything we did while we were in Charleston (it feels like a long ways away.) We arrived late from our flights from Toronto and met Dave’s friend at the airport before heading into the city to find our Air BnB. We were staying in a great location, very central to everything downtown and was perfect for our weekend plans. The boys headed out to meet up with all the other Irish that had flown in that week for a mini reunion before the next morning while I stayed in and tried to catch up on some much needed rest. The next morning we headed out into Charleston, quickly realizing just how sweaty we were going to get that day. The humidity was like nothing I have ever felt and for the weekend we were visiting there was a heat wave to top it all off. We found a pharmacy and quickly doused ourselves in sunscreen and ventured out to explore the city before meeting everyone for brunch. Brunch was in a converted church and it was truly breath taking. I had met almost all of Dave’s friends the Christmas before but couldn’t quite remember everyone so I quickly got acquainted. They are all so lovely and I realized how lucky Dave was to have such great and welcoming friends. After brunch we stuck together and walked down to the boardwalk to take in the views and then walked over to Rainbow Row, a must see while visiting the city of Charleston. We split off into smaller groups after that and headed back to our places to get ready for the Welcome Party that night.
That night we met everyone at the venue for the Welcome Party, a beautiful bar in the city. I was finally able to meet the Bride to be and meet more of the groom’s family as well as chat more with Dave’s friends. Everyone very much enjoyed the open bar and appetizers before we moved onto a pub to continue the night. I didn’t want to be hungover for the wedding so we headed home at a reasonable hour and the next morning got lunch at a delicious restaurant below our apartment we were staying in. I wanted to try the typical Southern dish of grits so I had shrimp and grits and could barely eat half the portion was so large. The boys had fried chicken for the second or third time that weekend and we all left very happy and full. The wedding wasn’t until the evening so we were able to walk around the city some more and visit the market that was on. We sat under some shade with ice cold coffees and watched a Southern band serenade all the locals and tourists in the park. Then it was time to take the second shower of the day to make ourselves presentable for the wedding.
If I didn’t mention it earlier, which I don’t think I did, we went to Charleston for one of Dave’s friend’s wedding. James is one of Dave’s very good friends from home and has visited us a few times in Victoria and I really enjoy spending time with him. I am so glad we were able to go to the wedding because it was like no other wedding I had ever been to. The venue was simply amazing and overlooked the water. It was 37 degrees C that day so we were all sweating a lot, especially the poor guys in their suits, but no one cared because we were all in it together. The reception was inside and we ate, drank and danced into the night before going to the after party at a bar in downtown Charleston. The food was delicious, the drinks were definitely flowing (it was an Irish wedding after all,) and everyone had an amazing time. When we were at the after party a few of the Irish friends got up and sang old Irish songs and it was hilarious but also amazing. I have never been to a wedding like it and it was definitely one of the top ones I have been to! It makes me very excited to many more of Dave’s friends weddings, hopefully we will be invited to.
The night after a night out is never easy, especially when it’s an Irish wedding. But we managed to get packed, showered and out of our place in time and headed to our friends house they had rented. Then it was a final meal before everyone went their separate ways and it was definitely a rough flight home. After meeting all of Dave’s friends again it made me realize just how much he has given up by leaving his home country and moving to Canada. He becomes a Canadian citizen soon and we are so excited that we will both have dual citizenship. The trip made us think more about maybe going to Dublin for a bit of time, longer then a holiday, so we are still thinking about it and we will see what happens! But for now, we are really looking forward to seeing everyone again at Christmas!