Congrats UNI! What a win against Kansas. Great to see a Valley team showing the rest of the country the quality of basketball in the MVC.
I’ve spent the last week with Lindsay in Providence, Rhode Island visiting my sister and her fiance (Stephen). It’d been almost two years now since the WebMaster and I ventured that way — and Linds and I thoroughly enjoyed our visit this time.
Leaving out of Omaha, we left Friday (12th), drove two hours to Nebraska, and were on our way. Naturally, the weather here in Iowa was nice. What happens when we leave? Well, the weather here improves, but apparently it was monsoon season in Providence. (There isn’t really a monsoon season in Providence. I think the average rainfall in March is only about 2 in. Same in April. But the 7.5″ of rain in our four days there made it seem like monsoon season) We arrive to rain. The next day, it rains. The next day, it rains. The next day, it rains. And when I say rain, I don’t mean sprinkle. It rained hard. The whole time. (Like I said over seven inches)
Battling through the elements we made the most of our trip. Focusing on mostly indoor activities, Sara showed us around Providence, Newport, and Bristol. We toured the Breakers mansion and took mostly driving tours. We shopped in Providence Place, the Wrentham Outlets, and Trader Joe’s.
As a former Providence Preservation Society employee, Sara is a great tour guide. She knows the area really well and offers insight about various locations. Its amazing how many different facts she can spout off about the historical significance of each location. Traveling was so much more fun for Linds and I because we basically had a personal tour guide.
By Monday evening, the storm past. Linds, Sara, Stephen, and I went to a great steak, seafood, and sushi restaurant in Providence called Ten. The food was great. Even though I’ve never been a huge sushi fan, I would recommend the Surf & Turf roll to anyone not thrilled about the idea of sushi. The real event of the night, however, was drinks after dinner. We walked down the street to a place called DownCity, which has a reputation for a great drink selection. Apparently, Monday night is also Drag Queen Karaoke. Led by a 6’2″ Sabrina, we were entertained by a variety of different songs. It was an enjoyable, very interesting, but still enjoyable experience.
The next morning, Stephen drove Linds and I to the train station and we took the train to Boston. Staying in Back Bay, we dropped our things off at the hotel and went off into the city. Surprisingly, the weather was finally beautiful. No snow, green grass, and 50 degree temperatures felt amazing as we walked through cobblestone streets and buildings from the 18th century. Though I could never compare to Sara, I did my best to guide Linds and offer any information I could about our surroundings.
First on our agenda was to head to my favorite pizza place – Pizzeria Regina. As always the pizza was amazing [Webmaster Confirmed Fact]. Afterward we went to the Institute of Contemporary Art, walked the the Commons and Public Garden, perused the shops on Newbury Street and went back to our hotel before heading back to the North End for Dinner. The next two days were spend doing much the same – a lot of walking and sightseeing. Sara and Stephen met us the next afternoon and we experienced St. Patrick’s Day in the city.
Before we knew it, it was Thursday. Time to go back to Providence before ultimately *gulp* heading back to Des Moines. We packed Thursday night, had one last great meal, and were on our way to the airport at 5:15 AM Friday morning.
Arriving in Omaha we were tired from our trip and met by a very disturbing site when we touched down – snow. We couldn’t believe it. After having to deal with rain for four days before finally enjoying some sunshine, we leave to come back to snow? How is that fair? Then, we get back to Des Moines, unpack, fall asleep, wake up the next morning, and WHAT? Two inches of snow on the ground? Unbelievable.
Thankfully, the sun appears to want to come out this week and we can expect temperatures to improve. Regardless, seeing snow welcoming us back from a great trip hardly offers incentive to come back. Thanks Iowa weather. Thanks a lot.