Did you miss Part I? If so catch up here, don’t worry I’ll wait. Ok? Good. Where did I leave off. Right Sunday…
WARNING: This post is going to photo heavy and long so I don’t drag it out another day. Don’t say I didn’t warn you, we did a lot!!
Well, let me just say that I slept until 8am, this never happens! Seamus is my early morning wake up call regardless of the day so this felt so decadent. Once Maddie was awake she came down to my bed and we chatted for a bit then decided to head to Dunkin Donuts for some breakfast. When we got back to her house I helped her setup a new domain and redirect her blog to the new domain. She is a blogspot no more!! We then got ready for the day and headed out for some lunch in Durham. We went to Parker and Otis which has a really fun gift shop as well as outside seating.
Then we drove through all the different campuses of Duke University. I felt like a bit of a traitor to Ohio State but it was fun to see the campus.
The World Cup game was playing and we cheered and boo’d while it was on, while still being able to watch the baseball game. Sadly neither team pulled off a win. Maddie and I took so many pictures that our phones died mid game so we don’t have very many pictures after that point. We headed back to the house and just relaxed in our jammies and laughed the night away.
Maddie had to work since it was a spontaneous trip, which was fine since it allowed me to explore the town and to just relax for the day. First we stopped at Chick-Fil-A for breakfast. Since it was my first time there, they didn’t charge for my breakfast. How’s that for customer service.
I then wanted to get some exercise after all the amazing food so I headed to a park, the E. Carroll Joyner Park. I had a hard time figuring out the map since it was animal shapes but I just kept jogging until I hit just under 3 miles.
We hung out on the couch and talked some more, laughed a lot and planned my trip home. It was so bittersweet. The plan was for me to leave at 3am after catching about 5-6 hours of sleep. So I went to bed early. She got up to help me pack the car and hug me goodbye. It was a 12 trip home but I also had to drop off the rental and pick up Seamus from my Dad’s since he was babysitting him so it was more like a 15 hour drive. I was exhausted but it was still the best trip ever.
I can’t express enough how amazing Maddie and Tony were as host, they were so generous and made me feel so comfortable in their home. Tony is a wealth of knowledge and shared so many cool facts about the places we saw. Maddie is so warm, kind and down to earth. We talked politics and didn’t hate each other after, we differ on some but share the idea of respecting each others opinions. We talked a lot about blogging and bounced ideas, and thoughts against each other. I really feel like we are friends and not just blogging friends though either is a title we would both be happy with either way.
Like I said before I am not spontaneous often, but I am so glad I decided to go. North Carolina is such an amazing place. The amount of times I heard Y’all and Ma’am was endearing. Southern hospitality is a way of life and it is the way to my heart. Raleigh, Maddie, Tony this is not goodbye but I’ll see you later.