I should have posted about this a wicked long time ago. But...I just never had time.
This post is in some ways a review, but more so it is a big thank you.
A few weeks ago my girlfriend Wendy informed me I should, "keep Sunday open," because she was planning to surprise me. She did such a good job of taking care of the surprise element that she led me believe that on sunday night we would be going on a hay ride in Providence with some people that she/we know in Providence.
Then, on Friday night she arrived in Providence and since it was Halloween weekend she suggested we head to Target to buy some scary movies. Once we neared the target though she asked if we could go to Sports Authority.
Wanting to please the lovely Wendy I took her to Sports Authority where she told me she needed to, "buy some running pants." However, in a shocking turn of events she told me that the surprise was that she had rented a car, reserved a room, and we were heading to Burlington, VT! My response: So you don't need running pants? Seriously though, I was shocked and thrilled. For those of you not aware I love the state of Vermont. LOVE. So as a mid semester present to me she had decided we should head up to the biggest damn city in the best damn state of Vermont- Burlington.
the car we rented was a 2005 Passat:
This car was so sweet. It made the drive to Burlington awesome and all I have to say is that a. I want a Passat now and b. Wendy-- you are awesome JUST for renting me this car.
We arrived in Burlington hours later after having an enjoyable morning drive and we hit up the Magic Hat Brewery while we waited for our room. The brewery was extremely cool and I love their beer (fans: send me #9). After that we went to the small guest house where we were going to stay. The woman who ran the place had a daughter at New York Law, this of course ended in a barrage of annoying questions about whether I would be, "trying out for law review," or a clerkship, or moot court, or... however the woman was redeemed by the fact that she had the most amazingly well behaved dog I have ever seen. The room was extrememly comgfortable and the bed was so nice I would move there right now. Also this experience led Wendy and I realize our status as a "power-couple" by introducing ourselves as a law student and an investment banker.
That night we went out and checked out down town Burlington and had something to eat while we watched all of the locals and college students in entertaining halloween costumes. Wendy can comment on some of the more funny costumes but one that sticks out in my mind was a guy wearing this big white role of styrofoam with a ribbon around the center who was a "bill" ala school house rock. hilarious.
The next morning we walked along Lake Champlain. There were ducks flying around and the water was a crystal clear that you rarely see. The air was delightfully brisk.
On the way home, Wendy and I stopped at Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream Factory for a tour. The tour was a cool end to the trip. I have always been curious about Ben and Jerry's and it the whole tour is really inspiring as a real average joe success story as well as an example of financial success while adhering to "Vermont" values.
On the downside while we were at Ben and Jerry's there was this really annoying couple which consisted of a guy who looked like he wore ribbed fitted t-shirts and a woman who was well...idiotic. As we left they were driving a Hummer with RI plates.
I do not think I need to tell you much more about these people to prove my point.
In conclusion- Burlington was an awesome city. I would love to move there because it was so pleasant, clean, and I love the climate.
Finally: To the person I owe this beautiful present, a beautiful woman:
Also- Wendy-- I love you- thank you for an awesome surprise.