this weekend brian and i went to my old hometown outside of d.c. to meet up with his family. my parents moved to charlottesville my junior year of college and i don't get many opportunities to go back to my real hometown, so i had a lot of fun being back in a place that i called home for the majority of my life. while it's grown and changed in some ways, it's the same town i remember. i was able to show brian my elementary school, old parks, my favorite houses in town, and stop in at the most amazing tiny french bakery that makes the best cinnamon buns, among other pastries. there are gems to be found everywhere! we also went to our first national games, and had dinner at an amazing restaurant that is definitely a new addition to my hometown. every time brian and i take trips we are reminded of how many amazing places there are to live in this country - from food to culture to people to sports - we've fallen in love with so many places. it's a nice reminder particularly with the lure of new york and all it has to offer - while nothing will match nyc, and as brian said - nyc is an awesome place to live, not necessarily a nice place to live - there's a lot out there that offers so much. so keep it up america, we love you (especially you, virginia).