Saturday was the type of day that I could relive every day and not get tired of. It was sunny and almost warm enough to not need a jacket, so Abigail, Kailee, Lindsey, Anja, Austin, Brooklyn, and I decided to head to the park and enjoy the beautiful day. We tried to get Santander bikes to ride through the parks, but it seems that everyone had the same idea, so we weren’t able to find 7 bikes for all of us to use. We did get two, so Austin and Gail took those, and the other five of us decided to rent a paddleboat! It was the chilliest part of the day for sure, thanks to the water, but it was so fun. We had picked up picnic lunches at Tesco so we snacked on the boat and sang along to Disney songs and Ed Sheeran’s new album (my roommate Allie and Lindsey and Kailee have converted me to Ed Sheeran) and the sun was shining and it was just lovely.
After the paddle boats, we headed back to the center where we all ordered in food and played speed and bananagrams for a couple of hours. Anja and I also worked on our Duolingo languages (she took a couple years of French so she’s helping me out with my pronunciation- according to the app I’m already 2% fluent! Which obviously means I’m going to kill it in Paris;-)), and apparently the Centre has revived trivia crack and words with friends, so I sold my soul and redownloaded those apps. I’m losing miserably most of the time but it’s fun to be apart of the party. As it got later, we decided to watch Moana, which I still hadn’t seen! And people are right, the music is great and the animation is beautiful. Also, Lin-Manuel Miranda is just great so of course Moana was going to be great.
Basically, Saturday was my favorite kind of day. Beautiful weather, fun and laid back plans, good food, and amazing friends that I can’t imagine living without. It’s crazy to think that just three months ago I didn’t know a single one of these people, and now we’re going to a show every other night and planning weekend road trips to Vegas when we get back home. The people I’ve met are another reason I will recommend study abroads to literally everyone ever. Life long friends that I will love and be so grateful for forever and ever.