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Greenville, South Carolina

Greenville was a longer pit stop for us. It’s been pretty much go-go-go until this point, where we decided to relax and enjoy time with good friends in this city.

We, unfortunately, had to skip both Virginia and West Virginia, but we were told we needed to drive the Skyline Drive, even though it would add an extra 3 or 4 hours to our trek. I mean, just look at the views! So off we went and here’s what we saw:

Sadness. I guess it just wasn’t meant to be this time. We’ll be back though, as we received plenty of must-see recommendations in Charlottesville, Virginia.

We also saw a truck carrying a truck carrying a truck carrying a truck.
We also saw a truck carrying a truck carrying a truck carrying a truck.

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We celebrated Halloween by heading to Denver Downs Farm to enjoy the fall festivities.

I learned how to play tetherball. I think.
I learned how to play tetherball. I think.
We pet goats.
We pet goats (thought of you, T!)
And it was A+H's first corn maze ever!
And went through a corn maze. t was A+H’s first one ever!

We watched some pig derbies.
We watched a Pigtucky Derby…

and bounced on a giant bouncey thing!
…and bounced on a giant bouncey thing!
We finished the night off with amazing home-squeezed grapefruit margaritas.
We finished the night off with amazing home-squeezed grapefruit margaritas.

Happy Halloween indeed!

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One of our goals for this roadtrip was to run away from winter. I’m sad to say the snow caught up to us on November 1st 🙁

I mean, you shouldn’t feel bad for us… Graham is sad but still clearly wearing flip-flops. (We’re thankful the snow didn’t stick around.)

We took in all the sites Greenville has to offer during the week we spent there. It’s a small town with a beautiful downtown and parks area. All of main street’s trees have fairly lights strung up year round which gives off a cool vibe in the evenings.

Right beside Falls Park on the Reedy (pictured above) is Spill the Beans. It’s a MUST visit for any sort of ice cream concoction and delicious milkshakes and coffee. And I swear I’m not just saying that because our friends own the place 😉

We were put to work helping paint the shop…

And were rewarded with the tastiest ice cream (pineapple and coconut for me) in a homemade waffle cone:

I would paint all day for these.

Also a must-try is a peanut butter espresso milkshake. My mouth is watering just thinking of it!

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When I travelled to Ecuador in 2007, I met a lot of cool people and, since Facebook was around, we became digital-friends-who-you-never-spoke-to-after-that. I’m so happy that I still keep in touch with some of said digital friends because otherwise L and I would have never gotten together! Seven and a half years later, we were reunited at the delicious Grill Marks.

Bleu cheese stuffed burger. SO good.
Bleu cheese stuffed burger. SO good.

Graham and I invited L and her husband to attend the coffee shop church, Origins Greenville, that we started attending when we were there.

The people of Greenville (especially, and including, Origins) were so incredibly welcoming and kind to us, I started to really understand the term “Southern Hospitality”.

We attended community group one week, where we played with babies and my heart melted quite a lot.

We were also invited over to JD+N’s place for amazing homemade cream of potato soup (still talking about it, N!). Graham went to a “Man Up” event where men got together to shoot guns and blow things up. You read that right. There’s even a video of a dishwasher being blown up. Since Graham is Canadian, guys pretty much threw guns at him, so he got his hand at quite a lot of models (kinds? brands?). I just hope he doesn’t get addicted… cuz there ain’t no way we’re buyin’ a gun!

Men will be men.

While guys were shooting things, I got together for a lovely brunch with A and N at Mary’s Cottage, a cute little house converted into a restaurant.

Fried green tomatoes eggs benedict? Yes please!
Fried green tomatoes eggs benedict? Yes please!

Other notable places we ate at in Greenville include The Trappe Door (great Belgian food and beer), Sushi Masa (some of the most authentic Japanese food ever), and Sushi Murasaki (decent Asian Fusion).

I now leave you with a pretty tree:

And pictures of Sasha, the not-actually-a-puppy puppy:

I really felt a connection to Greenville, more than likely due to all the awesome people. Thanks for being so amazing to us, Greenville! We’ll see you again real soon.

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