Friday, June 6, 2008

Lauren is coming!

One of the most difficult aspects of living abroad is having friends constantly say they want to visit or are going to... except it never happens. Life gets in the way, people have babies, and here I sit getting my hopes up for nothing. Leave it to Lauren to actually book a flight. I am so excited!

I first met Lauren in college when we both flew to Galway, Ireland to visit our friend Mary Beth. From the moment I met her, I loved her. She's one of those people that I admire for being true and honest... both to herself and to everyone she encounters. She has a dry sense of humor, the biggest smile you ever saw, and an enormous personality to match. We lived together the summer after we met and shared many memorable events.

Our days were spent with occasional class or a few hours of work, and there were endless evenings singing the songs of Moulin Rouge and Jack Johnson while we prepared for parties and nights out. Summer was enjoyed just how it should be - with friends, sun, and a lot of fun. We even managed a rather long road trip to Charleston, South Carolina.

That summer is forever one that I'll never forget. I spent 10 days in San Francisco with my Dad, and I lived with some amazing ladies that always kept things interesting. I was living with Lauren when I met Stefan. I still remember standing in her kitchen and harassing him about not being able to stand the heat from the chicken wings he was eating. He has since built up his tolerance. 

Whenever I think about Lauren I can't help but smile. I can't wait to create more great memories with her, and take her to Austria, where she's always wanted to visit. Not only that - she's going to be here for Oktoberfest and the Coldplay concert! We wish you could be with us Mary Beth - at least you have a valid excuse not to make it... and I know you will as soon as you can.


Caitlin said...

How exciting!

JoernandAllison said...

I am so excited for you that your friend is coming! You're right about friends saying they will come, and not showing up. That is pretty painful. But, this one is a definite! Yay!
How long were you in Galway? I loved it there!

Emily said...

We were in Galway for a week - it is definitely a beautiful place.

I can't wait to have a friend visit!