Thanks to the wondrous Leslie Knope, us girls now have an amazing holiday where we can ditch our other halves (if we have them) and overindulge in breakfast food (aka waffles). It’s called Galentine’s day, and as she says herself it’s only the best day of the year.
This year I spent it in Savannah, Georgia. One of my rowing team-mates lives up there while she’s at home, so after a super early session on the water Saturday morning a few of us took the long drive up.
We had a pretty chilled weekend. When we first got there we went to the local stables to see her horse and have a ride about. Considering that the last time I’d ridden anything was probably a donkey at our regular summer-holiday caravan park while I was in primary school, I didn’t do anything too exciting. Although I did manage to trot and steer by myself, which I was quite proud of!
The friend we were staying with fosters dogs until they can get a more permanent home, so the house we were staying in was full of them. Watching a film (White Chicks – which I now recommend) that evening, with all the dogs surrounding us on the sofa and the floor was great. Who needs a man when you have dogs to keep you company!?
Knowing we still had a long drive back to Gainesville to do, we got up early on Valentines day. Like the good student I am, I made sure I did some work before we drove into downtown Savannah. It was a very touristy experience, walking up and down River Street and visiting all the souvenir and sweet shops. River Street Sweets in particular was great, mainly because they gave out a lot of free samples (you have to love America sometimes…). The only possible downside to this was the cold. Being a Brit living in Florida means that I can stand lower temperatures a lot better than most of the Floridians. But even on my standards, Savannah it was cold. I thought seeing as we were only the state above Florida it wouldn’t be that much of a difference in temperature, but in reality, it’s over two hundred miles north and the temperatures that morning were sub zero! Luckily I managed to borrow a coat, which ended up being so warm and so toasty that I have now ordered one for myself!
Because it was Valentines day, all the restaurants were full of couples, pink napkins and coffee mugs with hearts on them. We escaped most of this by sitting outside. And in honour of Leslie Knope, I did order waffles.
Did you get up to anything fun on your Galentines/Valentines? I’d love to hear about it in the comments. Until next time!