Wisconsin, Ny and Iowa
With the excellent excuse of taking part in my best friend's wedding, I headed to Wisconsin, New York and Iowa to catch up with some pretty spectacular humans and experience an American summer ... complete with FRIED CHEESE CURDS. While I love my Aussie home, Wisconsin will always have my heart. Keep reading to find out why.
Wisconsin Weddings: Beer, Cheese and Polka
I absolutely hate flying. I hate flying solo. I really hate flying between Australia and the US. However, I love my best friend Rachel more, and I also love her new hubby Andy. It was an honour to take part in their wedding ceremony at our grade school church, Our Lady Queen of Peace, and dance the night away at the Overture Center in light up sneakers provided by the bride. It's been a long time since I've been to a good ol' American wedding, and this one was a classic. While I was quite jetlagged for all the festivities, I made the most of it and enjoyed catching up with Rachel's family and meeting Andy's.
The morning of the wedding, Rachel, her sisters and I got our hair and makeup done at R and Z Salon in Madison. The hippie that I am, I did my own hair and makeup for both of my weddings, so it was fun to let someone else take the reins. Rachel had a classic makeup look, that complemented her gorgeous hair and stunning veil.
After the wedding, the rents and I headed up north to Door County for some classic, Wisconsin summer activities and sights. Goats on the roof, cheese curds, lakes, forests, mini golf, spectacular sunsets, cherry EVERYTHING and even a summer storm.
If you're ever in Door Country, Wisconsin, you have to stop for a meal at Al Johnson's. What started out as a bit of a joke, has turned into a little herd of goats on this Swedish restaurant's roof. Get your lingonberry fix and check out the beautiful lake views from the dining room.
Another must do is Pirate's Cove mini golf. Thanks to my coach (mom) I was able to pull off a victory, and even a hole-in-one! The losers were sent to the shackles.
Our Door County visit was complete with a dinner at the historic White Gull Inn and a stunning sunset at the nearby lookout. Don't forget to try a glass of sparkling cherry wine, it's delicious!
Visiting the Bro in NY
Next stop: New York City. My brother Matt took my on quite the tour of his world: a baseball game in Coney Island, rock climbing at DUMBO Boulders, seeing The Big Sick at a dine-in movie theatre, Filthy Pony pole/sword swallowing/ lyra/ etc. show, trivia night with Kathleen and Demetri, The Met visit and a Labor Day cookout. In between were a lot of rides on the subway, some good eats and of course catching up. Check out those impressive hot dog eating records!
No visit to the US is complete without visiting the paradise state: IowaCostaRica! Ok, well that's what my family calls it, anyway. In a rapid trip I was able to visit with my aunts, grandparents and cousins. My cousin Jeff even stopped by to present me with my wedding gift, an incredible drawing with animals and flags from countries that have made me who I am today. SO TALENTED! After watching some Lotería de la Navidad commercials, going through old family photos and telling stories, it was back to Madison!
Hasta Luego Wisconsin
Between all the mini trips I was able to catch up with my dance buddy Alex and her hubby for a night of Lawrence gossip, as well as a Thai inspired night with QP friend Katie and her hubby. I'll bring David next time, I promise! It was such a quick and crazy trip that I didn't get to see everyone I wanted, but so is the life of a world traveler, I guess. Thank goodness for Skype!
My mom was also able to gather our family friends for a 30th birthday/Anniversary celebration at Pasqual's. I miss Southwestern food!
After a solid 2 and a half weeks, it was time to make the trek back to Aussieland... but... since I'm a plane jinx, things didn't exactly go as planned...
Thanks for reading and stay tuned to find out what happened when my flight got delayed and my mother went into TRAVEL BEAST MODE.
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