I’ll say up front that I didn’t take as many pictures this time around, so I didn’t have many to choose from when picking what to post.
I’m happy that I got to stay with my aunt, uncle, and cousins for the weekend, because I don’t see them very often. Most of the people I met knew somebody from my extended family, so it was fun to explain my connections to everyone involved. This was more a rare chance for a family get-together than a wedding for me, since I know the guests much better than the bride and groom, who are both friends of my family.
Logistics were pretty exciting. Angelica drove me down to Des Moines on Friday, where I got on a bus for 6 hours to Chicago. It only stopped twice. It had outlets and WiFi, but the internet connection was insufferably slow most of the time. Once in Chicago, I walked 15 minutes north to a train station, where I rode for around an hour further north to get to my great aunt’s house, where my brother, uncle, and his family were staying the night (they came down from my uncle’s house in Wisconsin). In the morning, we drove to Gary, Indiana to pick up my girlfriend from a train stop (she rode an hour and a half from Notre Dame). We then drove around 2.5 hours south to Indianapolis for the choir rehearsals, led by my uncle.
We stayed two nights in a friend’s house and left early Monday morning for a long drive to Chicago. From there, I got on a bus, my girlfriend got on a train (from Chicago this time instead of Gary, so 2.5 hours for her), and my brother got on a plane. My aunt, uncle, and their two kids drove a few more hours the rest of the way up to their house in Wisconsin. I wasn’t so lucky with the bus on the way back, though. Something was wrong with the circuitry (blown fuse? I’ll never know.) and that caused both the WiFi and the outlets to not work. Nobody was available to take me from Des Moines to Ames at the end, and there weren’t any reasonable priced and schedules buses, so I took an Uber for the last 40 minutes, which cost as much as a 6-hour bus ride.
Anyway, I’m back now! What a crazy pair of trips!