Even though the family reunion actually takes place at Crescent Beach, we always come up with a reason to make the 15 minute drive to downtown St. Augustine. This year was obviously no exception, but since I was only going to be able to stay for a long weekend, my Aunt Ingrid, my Aunt Diane and I decided to have a girls day out and hit up the shops/cafes on Sunday. It never ceases to amaze me how you can go somewhere for years and feel like you know it like the back of you hand. Then, you go with someone else, and it seems like a whole new place. Sure, there were a few places that lined up for all of us, but I’d never been into some of the galleries we walked through or seen some of the private gardens we discovered as we skirted around the edge of the “tourist” area.
I really do love St. Augustine; for a while, I had even considered going to Flagler College just so I could spend my undergraduate years strolling the cobble streets and taking in the ocean breeze. Ultimately, I realized that, as much fun as I have one week out of the year, it wasn’t enough to base such a big decision on. Much better to move to a place I’d only seen once before orientation; at least they had my desired major.