>strangest vacation destination

July 2, 2008 § 3 Comments

One of the graduation presents from my parents was a vacation with Riva. For many reasons including affordability, last-minute planning, proximity, and adventure, Riva and I chose to take the train to Providence, a place that neither of us knew very much about. Thanks to my mom’s Internet-savvy researching skills and thanks to Priceline, this old Mason building turned out to be our hotel.

And what a hotel it was. We’re pretty sure the interior decorator was high or uncomfortable with the world of the subtle. The hotel’s theme is “carnival” and there isn’t a lamp or pillow that survived untouched.

All I knew about Providence (besides Brown and RISD) was that they have a Nordstrom. We had better luck at H&M.

We ordered room service for the first time in my life.

Besides visiting five out of the six independent bookstores that exist in Providence, we took a trip to the RISD Museum.

And ended our stay with a banana split.

What we learned: Providence is a very weird place because it’s:
1. immaculate
2. normal
3. subdued
4. without personality

Still, we had fun walking all over town. It’s been a long time since both of us were so relaxed that we kept slurring our words, crossing the street without checking for oncoming traffic, and running into each other. This was a much needed vacation.


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