Travelling Tales: Saturday and Apples (Ann Arbor, Day 5)

So my last full day in Ann Arbor, and for that matter in the US, involved a lot of walking! Tony, Amy, Mary, Sophie and I headed out this morning to experience the pre-football-match atmostphere up at the Michigan stadium: one hundred thousand people pouring into the stadium, most of them wearing Michigan blue and yellow! We walked against the flow of the tide, like salmon, so I got some pretty good pictures:

We spent the next few hours wandering around town – I went into a Michigan collegiate clothing shop and bought myself a very cute sort of mini-hoodie, in grey with a blue Michigan logo. I wore it for the second half of today because walking around town was really hot! We walked a few miles around various places in Ann Arbor, taking various detours to find fairy doors and go into cool shops, including one that made its own paper – racks and racks of gorgeously patterned papers! I could have just moved into the shop, it was beautiful.

Then in the late afternoon we drove up to an apple orchard and picked a huge bagful of apples! It was great fun, and Amy took some lovely photos while we were doing it. They’re still on her camera, though, so I’ll have to get them soon, to put them in my album!

And then just before we went out to dinner, Anne came by to drop off an eyeliner that I’d accidentally left behind at hers, so I got to see her again and hug her goodbye! Dinner tonight was in a really American place called Grizzly Peak, and there was an enormous moose head on the wall above our table.

So I just finished packing up my stuff and I’m pretty much all set to go in the morning! I’ll have to rearrange a few things, though – I had to shove a load of things into bags and zip them up because I was being besieged by Einstein, my cousins’ completely bonkers and hyperactive cat. I took a hilarious picture of him when he was trying to open the door, though (unfortunately for me, he worked out how to do it pretty quickly):

So that was my final day! Tomorrow will include a brunch with some more cousins, last-minute shopping and then (alas) the airport, so I’d better get my skates on and get to bed!

Travelling Tales: Crazy Random Happenstance (Ann Arbor, Day 1)

So today was my first full day in Ann Arbor, and it was absolutely delightful! I had a pretty leisurely morning, charging up my phone and camera and phoning both of my parents! It was lovely to catch up with them. Only Tony was home this morning, because Amy was at work and the girls were at school, so once my stuff had finished charging we headed up to their lakeside cottage to pick up some gear that Tony wanted to bring back to the house. The drive through the countryside around Ann Arbor was beautiful – so many trees (as I suppose you’d guess from the name?)! And I saw my first genuine American white picket fence along the front of a garden!

It was a gorgeous cloudless afternoon, so once we’d put the stuff in the car Tony took me for a spin around the lake in their boat, which was amazing!

This is the view back towards the cottage…

…and this is the view of the far side of the lake from on the water. It was beautiful!

When we got back Mary was back from school so she helped us unload and I chatted to her for a bit, then threw some overnight stuff into a bag and Tony dropped me off downtown to meet my lovely friend Anne! I’m at her place now. We had a wonderful afternoon, having lunch (an excellent club sandwich on focaccia bread!) and catching up, and wandering around Ann Arbor.

And later on she provided me with my inaugural frozen yoghurt, which was AMAZING. I don’t know why we don’t have frozen yoghurt in the UK. I seriously think it might be the next big thing. It’s chilly and delicious and better for you than ice cream. And comes in tubs! And you can add toppings! It is like the beautiful lovechild of breakfast and dessert, it’s amazing.

This was mine (there are two flavours of yoghurt under all the toppings):

Anyway, it’s getting late now and Anne and I are planning on going to a farmers’ market in the morning so I should probably get some sleep! Time is moving so quickly, I can’t believe it’s already Tuesday – and the end of Tuesday, for that matter! But I have many more fun things planned for the rest of the week, so I should get some rest and get ready for them.