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A Nostalgic Weekend (& Citizenship Update)

What an exciting past few days! It all started on Friday, when Zac, our beloved Australian friend, came back to Charlottesville, after two years of being back home! Zac was our neighbor in 2011 and some of my best memories are from that time. We called ourselves the Druid Gang (based on the name of our home association) and enjoyed every moment, from our weekly Thursday wine times, to a last goodbye, laughing hysterically while having a styrofoam fight in a massive cardboard box (don’t try to understand, it just happened and we loved it).

All this to say that having the gang back for a weekend was a huge treat. It was as if Zac never left. It was a busy weekend and every single event was perfect. Here’s a little photo recap:

Friday: After a quick stop by Friday’s After Five, we went over to Mas to enjoy some scrumptious Spanish tapas.

Saturday: Lunch at Basic Necessities, our favorite hidden gem in Nelson County. Although we planned to have dinner at the Keswick Country Club, they were unfortunately closed for a private event so we decided to head back to town to enjoy a fabulous dinner at Commonwealth Restaurant & Skybar. The variety of dishes we tried was amazing, including (among other dishes) an antelope appetizer, lobster cakes, mushroom empanadas, and a cheese plate. We ended the evening at the Speakeasy for drinks and dessert.

Sunday: The day started bright and early with brunch at Blue Moon Diner, one of the breakfast spots in town. Breakfast BBQ (English muffin, pulled pork and an egg) was a big hit! We later turned into quite the preppy bunch for a polo match at King Family Vineyards. It was definitely a perfect afternoon with delicious wine, a cozy blanket in the shade, and of course, the best company in town! We later had a sushi dinner at Tokyo Rose and then went back to the downtown mall for drinks and dessert.

By Sunday night, I was completely exhausted (it didn’t help that I had a cold) but so very satisfied from the weekend. With different members of the Druid Gang moving or leaving town, who knows when we will all meet again. But this was certainly the perfect reunion.

Now the other big event was my citizenship interview. It really was good to have the Druid Gang keeping me busy all weekend or I would have been a nervous wreck! After weeks of preparation, both studying for the political/historical questions and gathering all the necessary documents, I finally went to Fairfax and my application was approved! I was over the moon since immigration has always been such a big stress to me. Now I only need to wait for the oath ceremony to make it official!

On the way to the interview, we stopped at a gas station and I saw this. I couldn't help myself, I bought them and ate (most of) them for good luck!
On the way to the interview, we stopped at a gas station and I saw these Red-White-&-Blue M&Ms. I couldn’t help myself, I bought them and ate (most of) them for good luck!
We stopped by Wawa on the way back home. Of course, I had to get a celebratory patriotic donut!
We stopped by Wawa on the way back home. Of course, I had to get a celebratory patriotic donut!

After such an emotional few days, it will be quite difficult to get back to reality. And of course, since I didn’t spend much time at home (only to get dressed and rest for a few minutes in between events), the house desperately needs a good cleaning. I guess that’s how I’ll keep busy until I go back to work next week. 🙂

**A very special thank to Zac for letting me use the photos he took this weekend for this post!

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