Football, Food and Friends

Football, Food and Friends

And my travels continue! I spent this past weekend in Blacksburg, VA at Virginia Tech University. You must be getting the idea that I hate D.C. or something, but quite the contrary! I am simply getting the most out of my time here.


After a very long bus ride, I was greeted by my cousin, who is a senior at VT. He somehow managed to get his hands on some extra tickets in the student section for the football game against Maryland on Saturday. I arrived on Friday, though, and what do college students at VT do on Friday night? Go to Floyd's Friday Night Jamboree of course! Spending my night at Floyd's Country Store in a small Virginia town was actually much more fun than expected. The store is converted into a mini dance hall and features a different bluegrass band every Friday night. People from all over the world and of all ages come to visit Floyd's and join in on the country dancing. We all had a good time joining in the fun, even though our dance moves could probably use some work. Pizza was definitely in order after all that dancing, and a giant slice of pizza it was! I can honestly say I have never in my life seen a single slice of pizza that large before; it was practically a whole pizza in and of itself!


The crowd and band at Floyd's


My giant slice of pizza!  I almost ate it all, too!


It's hard to believe that we could be hungry again after that, but when Saturday rolled around you just have to tailgate before a football game! After a few rounds of corn hole and lots of food it was game time! Going to a Virginia Tech game felt almost like being at an NFL game. The stadium was huge and the fans were all very spirited. The game was really exciting and went into overtime, but unfortunately VT ended up losing. I still had a great time, though!


Me and my cousin, Taylor, at the football game


On Monday, Dale, Katie, Kierra and I decided to cook a (pre) Thanksgiving dinner. We all picked out some recipes and went shopping to buy the necessary supplies.  Everything we cooked was made from scratch and, based on the resources we had, turned out very well in my opinion! We didn't even destroy our kitchen too much in the process. We made mashed potatoes, stuffing, ham, green bean casserole, sweet potato casserole, cranberry sauce, chocolate pie, pumpkin bars, and attempted a red velvet cake, but that's another story! Our friend Berit from Norway stopped by to join us for dinner and got a taste for what Thanksgiving is like in America. We all ate far too much, but enjoyed every bite!


Our wonderful pre-Thanksgiving meal, we had quite the spread!


Even though I don't want to leave D.C., I'm looking forward to going home for Thanksgiving. This will be my first time home since I started my internship. It will be nice to get out of the city for a bit and take some time to relax; I've been operating on hyper-drive lately, it seems, so some family time is definitely due. We'll see what this weekend has in store and then it's off to Pennsylvania for me!

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