charleston

The day after the Brand New concert, I had to catch a flight to Charleston, South Carolina. When I say the day after, I mean several hours after. I got home at 1:00am, and I had to be at the airport by 5:00am. The supreme lack of sleep though was good in the long run because I finally had a much needed (and deserved) vacation. My cousin was getting married, and though I wasn’t invited to the wedding, I decided to crash the week anyway. Most of my family only went for the wedding but my parents and my aunts and uncles went a few days early so that we could take in some of the sights and do exciting things in the area. And oh, we did.

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When we first got there, we went to the visitors center. They had this really cool device that let you use the map of the city to show you things that you might like to do. And it had a rolly-ball thing that was super fun to use.IMG_1901

I had done a lot of research ahead of time about places to go and places to eat, though we didn’t do half of the things that I had on my list. We started out strong, and did a bunch of things but as the week went on and the wedding got closer everyone got tired of doing things and we ended up staying at the hotels and swimming. But the first day, we went to this place for lunch called Virginia’s on King (because it is on King Street, and it was created by this man who had a grandmother Virginia) and we met Virginia! She told us all about her 5 w’s to live a long life (Water, Worship, Walk, Work, Wine)! And I had what might possibly be the best cup of she-crab soup I will ever have in my life. And I had a lot of this while I was in Charleston.

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Then it started raining cats and dogs. So we escaped to the aquarium. And the only thing that I really wanted to do was to go the sea turtle hospital that they have where they rescue injured sea turtles and save them (obviously, I don’t know why I felt the need to explain that) and I couldn’t because it was sold out. I may have cried later. Probably unnecessarily, but still. But I did get to see a bunch of rays and sharks, and I even got to pet/touch them! I got to hold a starfish, and a sea urchin. So I might be overexaggerating.

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They had this cool trading post but it was closed while we were there. And I wasn’t aware of it ahead of time, so that was unfortunate. Not that I would have had anything to trade, but yes.

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I got to see this cute turtle, but this aquarium was much smaller than Boston’s and it didn’t have any penguins. Bummer.

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I also was able to eat my first praline. Have you ever eaten pralines? They are like heaven in your mouth. You can even have them shipped from this shop to your house. I’m considering looking into it.

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One day we went to see the USS Yorktown, an aircraft carrier that was used during World War II. It was definitely one of my favorite parts of the entire trip. We were able to go on a self-guided tour throughout most of the ship and were even able to go down to the engine rooms, which was where my grandfather worked when he was in the Navy (though not on the Yorktown, and not during WWII). It was SO humid in Charleston and I seriously thought I was going to faint while I was on the ship. We also were able to go into a submarine and that was even worse. I can’t imagine how the people lived on these ships/submarines. They were so small. On the submarine, I even had to duck to get through all the openings to go from room to room, and I’m not even that tall! Apparently they are made much bigger and slightly roomier now but still. A moment of silence for all the men (and maybe women) that fought for our country or are fighting now.

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I was able to sit in a real plane. I’m supposed to hashtag here. #F9FCougar The sign outside the plane said so. IMG_1940 IMG_1943

This was the first hotel that I stayed in. It was actually a resort, and we found it on Groupon. I’m now obsessed with Groupon. It had a beautiful pool. We also went to the beach twice, and of course I got sunburned. Of course.

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We went on a ghost tour of the old jail. It made my hair stand on end because they turned the lights off in most of it, but the stories weren’t scary. I think our guide wasn’t the greatest.

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I had many fancy drinks. Not too many, mind you, but enough.

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We also went to the Charleston Museum. I think my favorite part about this museum was that I’ve been to the NYS museum tons of times but it contains mostly New York history. Which of course I learned about in school several times. But I didn’t really know much about southern history other than what I learned about in school, which was mostly about the southern economy, and the civil war and the aftermath. So it was really cool to see things about South Carolina in the museum, and there were no references to “the war of northern aggression”. This was a relief. I liked this old advertisement that was in the museum. It made me giggle.

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Then I got invited to the wedding anyway =]

Though I pretend I was a #weddingcrasher.