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All-Day Date – More Dating Adventures

The 2nd date with the new guy lasted all day.

I’m going to refer to him as Sven, #1 because the name Sven makes me smile and #2 because his real name rhymes with Gwen, I can already hear all of the future jokes :P.

Chamuças de Goa. Chamuças (samosas) from Goa.

samosas (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Anyway, I picked him up at 10:30am (apparently I have this thing for attracting guys without cars) and we went to the market. We bought samosas then headed to the waterfront to walk around and eat said samosas. Things were going well so we decided to continue the date and do something else. I suggested a road trip to the beach (I’m a sucker for the beach and I’m always looking for an opportunity to go) so after tossing around a few other ideas we settled on that suggestion.

It’s kind of unlike me to suggest a 1.5 hour road trip with someone I don’t know but we hit it off and I find him easy to talk to. As a matter of fact, during our discussions, we talked about how neither one of us likes small talk and yet we seemed to be having no problems finding things to talk about. Also, I got the impression that he’s a pretty decent guy and wasn’t really worried about him stealing my car and leaving me on the side of the road. Or maybe I’m getting more trusting or something.

Neither one of us had been to this beach before but Google maps pointed us in the right direction. When we got there the tide was in and there wasn’t much beach but we hiked to one end and found a rock to perch on and hung out there for ages, enjoying the sun and talking. As we talked the tide went out and the beach got much larger. I wish I had some ‘after’ pictures but my phone died. You’ll have to take my word for it that when the tide is out the beach goes on for ages. It is a spectacular spot and I will be going back there again.

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As for the date, we had a pretty great day and I dropped him off at about 9pm. I’m not sure when we will see each other again but I’m quite sure we will.

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Vacations and Mini-Adventures are Good for You

Day 1 of my vacation involved a lot of walking and a mishmash of activities. We started with a picnic at a little beach and ended it by poking through an old cemetery. Who says I don’t have diverse interests?

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Really, if you’ve never gone through an old cemetery before you should take a look. Most of the headstones we saw today were from people who died around 200 years ago and the oldest one we found was dated from 1760. Some of the headstones even gave quite a bit of information on the person who was buried there. It’s almost like a personal look into local history. We easily could have stayed longer but we were rushing to beat the meter maid. If you’ve never taken a tour of a cemetery before, you should give it a try, you might find something interesting.

The thing about vacations and mini-adventures is that not only are they good for your mental health, it is easier to live in the present while partaking in them. For the most part I had a great day, the kids were pretty well-behaved, the weather was fantastic, we had some fun photo opportunities, we did some things that were out of the ordinary, and we treated ourselves to ice cream. The only low point was when I checked my email and got the confirmation that I did, in fact, not get the last job that I interviewed for. It side-tracked my good mood for a short period of time but my sister helped get it back on track.

I’m not sure what my plan is for next week yet, but for this week, I’m going to do my best to enjoy myself and my family. Tomorrow we are off to see some ocean caves. Hopefully the rain will hold off and we won’t really get wet. And even if it does, it won’t stop us from having our mini-adventure together.

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