Last weekend, two of my great girlfriends and I reunited in Brooklyn, New York. I hadn't seen Ashley in months and Danielle in over a year because she was away on a Fullbright in South Korea. These girls became like my soulmates while studying abroad in the Netherlands. The fact that we are still such great friends after all of this time and distance still astounds me and I am truly grateful for our friendship.
To be honest, I was also very much looking forward to the prospect of driving three hours in my car with no one to talk to and with Emotionalism by the Avett Brothers playing on loop through the speakers.
After a few hours belting acoustic love songs and admiring the golden and auburn landscapes along I-87 South, I found myself parallel parking on a Park Slope street, just off Prospect Park. I found Ashley and her roommate Anna in their gorgeous basement apartment.
After some catching up and a short nap, it was time to meet Danielle in St. Mark's Place for dinner, so we put on our fancy clothes. Later we headed to Williamsburg to go to the Levee and the Woods. The Woods was especially wonderful with its strung lights, outside patio, and mix of music.
Danielle works for the Obama campaign in New Jersey, so she works crazy hours right now and had to leave early to head back. When Ashley and I finally rolled out of her apartment, we walked around Park Slope, stopped at the Community Bookstore (where I found out that Zadie Smith apparently has a new novel out!), and grabbed a bite at Café Dada.
Brooklyn was beautiful and I was so happy to be reunited with Ashley and Danielle after all this time. I hope there will be more visits in the near future!