The first stop for the meet up was Grandview Park for a picnic where everyone brought something yummy to share! I ended up bringing PB&J fixin's while the other girls brought pasta salad and potato salad, cookies, Chex mix and apples. Katherine (Of Corgis & Cocktails) was the first person there, with Nadia and I getting there next. The park had such a beautiful view of Pittsburgh! Also, the weather was amazing, although I ended up getting some sunburn. It's probably because the park was in such a high place. There were so many hills we had to go up to get to it!
|[Katherine and I!]|
|[Me, Katie, and Katherine!]|
|[Katie, Laura, Hannah, Katherine, and I!]|
|[Katie and I!]|
Because Nadia and I are huge fans of the jumping shot, we suggested that we do a group one. It took a lot of tries, but we finally got one where everyone was in the air, thanks to Katherine's tripod/camera setup and skills! :)
We spent a good four hours at the park just hanging out and chatting it up. Afterwards we headed downtown to do some shopping on Walnut Street, which is the cute little strip of shops, restaurants, etc. Unfortunately, there was a parking issue since the street was being closed so that they could have live bands and vendors set up for some sort of event they have. Actually, parking seemed to be the major issue when it came to Pittsburgh in general. It was really busy wherever we went and it was hard to find parking! We managed, though. The meter system there is weird to me. They have these kiosks where you just punch in your license plate number and then put in your money. I'm so used to the meter being by the spot and just putting your change in!
|[Check out my supah veins]|
|Dress w/ belt: Freeway via Unique Vintage//Shoes: Clarks//Sunglasses: H&M|
I got chicken enchiladas for dinner, and they were amazing. It was probably one of the best mexican dishes I've ever tasted. And the portions were perfect, too. Usually when I go out for mexican food they give you huge portions that make you feel like you're going to die afterwards, but this was just the right amount of food. Between the amazing food and the great conversations, I left the restaurant very satisfied.
Afterwards, Nadia, Katherine and I decided to try out a local bar called 1947 Tavern. Katherine ended up getting lost because she couldn't find parking, so Nadia and I weren't sure if we wanted to stay or not. We ended up sticking around mostly because we felt obligated and pressured to get something after sitting there for so long. The atmosphere was nice and the staff was also friendly, but it seemed like they were trying to sell us drinks rather than just taking our order. Nadia gave in and ended up ordering something, but I didn't really want anything. The bartender asked me if I wanted water, and I said no. He then proceeded to tell me that he'd get in trouble if I didn't have something in front of me and that he was going to bring me a water anyway. He told me I didn't have to drink it, though. So odd. It seemed like a very high-pressure place, but like I said, the atmosphere was pretty cool.
The first day of the meet up was a success, even though there were minor snags in the plans here and there. It's all part of the adventure, and the most important thing was that everyone was there together and we were all able to enjoy each others' company!