Last Spring, before I began working full-time, I flew into Denver from La Guardia, rented a car, and had a fun little adventure around the state.
I had visited Colorado a few times in the past to visit my best friend, Liz. Liz and I met in preschool in California, and during our kindergarten year her family moved to a suburb of Denver. But that didn’t stop us from being friends; we were pen-pals who saw each other once a year (twice when lucky!) until we lived in the same metropolitan area once again when we were 22. Then we had four glorious years together in the Bay Area before I moved to Bangkok. Now I’m in New York and she’s back in Colorado, where she bought a house with her husband and lives there with him and their adorable 14-month-old son, Davis. They’re just a few miles from Liz’s mom and dad, who are great people I consider my second set of parents! It was wonderful to see Liz and her family (I even got to see her sister who lives in Chicago but happened to be in Colorado when I was there).
Colorado has become a convenient hub for me to visit lots of friends! My friends Jill and Casey, whom I met while teaching in Bangkok, both call Colorado home. I planned my trip in April because I knew they’d both be home visiting their families during the Songkran Thai holiday (April is also Thai kids’ “summer” break; it’s the hottest time of year and marks the beginning of a new Thai Buddhist year).
Casey’s family lives in Fort Collins, which is a college town about 90 minutes north of Denver. Casey and I had a great time catching up, hanging out with her family, going on walks, doing yoga, eating delicious food, and reminiscing about our travels through Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia. Her boyfriend, Micheal, also a teacher in Thailand, came to Fort Collins while I was there, and it was great to catch up with him too. They are an awesome couple, and I can’t wait to see them here in NYC in a few months!
Casey and I also drove down to a suburb of Denver to visit our other teacher friend, Jill! We went out to dinner, discussed the huge American portion sizes, and then had a fun slumber party at Jill’s house. It was surreal to be hanging out with these girls in America. The three of us had never been together outside of Southeast Asia before! And while Casey came to my wedding, she and I had never seen each other in the U.S. before our time together in Colorado (I got married in Canada)! I love my international friendships.
In between staying with Casey and staying with Jill, I drove to Boulder to see my friend Tamar. Tamar and I met while volunteering at a yoga studio in San Jose, and I’m so happy that we’ve stayed in touch over the years! We love to talk about books and travel and share vegetarian recipes. Tamar and her boyfriend live in a nice neighborhood not far from downtown Boulder, which is one of my very favorite places. It was so nice to have a great meal with them and spend time in such a lovely city.
My only regret is that I actually didn’t see all of my Colorado friends. There a few more that I hope to see on my next trip!
Sean has never been to Colorado, something we plan to remedy this coming spring. It’s an awesome state with so much hiking, great food, cute towns…not to mention some of my favorite people in the world!
A few notes:
- I clearly need my #2 resolution listed here. Sincere apologies for the lack of photos of some of these said favorite people!
- Liz, Josh, Davis, and I had some of the best biscuits I’ve ever had at the Denver Biscuit Company. Highly recommended slathered in their vegetarian mushroom gravy and with fried eggs on top!
3. On my way from Aurora to Fort Collins, I stopped at Crema for a latte, and it was delicious.