Hello again! Newport always has a way of rejuvenating me, and this time is no different. It’s been a bit chillier this year, but I still find a way to enjoy my coffee in the morning, wine in the evening and a little of bit of everything in between.
This past week, I made my way to Holy Cross and to Boston. I needed a copy of my diploma notarized and apostilled for my return to Chile. Initially, the lady with whom I spoke at Holy Cross told me this could take as long as 4-6 weeks. What! That was simply not in the art of the possible. I wished I had known it might take that long two months ago. Fortunately, everything worked out fine (the Holy Cross part of the process took only a week). Perhaps me offering to come pick it up in person (since I knew I would be in New England) helped hasten the process. This week, I drove to HC to pick up my diploma. It was only a little over an hour away, and I did not mind returning to my college.
Holy Cross meant so much to me – it was my way out and up. So many memories! I walked around just reminiscing and enjoying a beautiful day. I felt so grateful all over again. When I arrived at HC many, many years ago, I remember feeling grateful. I had only gotten the opportunity to attend this prestigious private university because of my NROTC scholarship. There was no way it would have happened otherwise.
I remember thinking that it was just as beautiful and amazing as I had imagined it would be. I had small classes, so all my professors knew my name. And they all cared about how I did in school. I was able to enjoy the college experience – the friends, the parties, the academics, the independence – in this incredibly safe and supportive environment. HC also made it possible for me to study abroad in Australia. I really did go to school in this idyllic setting. (check out the pictures below) I so enjoyed my visit, and remembered again how life-changing of an experience it was. Where would I be today if things had turned out differently?
A short trip to Boston a few days later finished up the apostille process. (sending my diploma via mail would have taken two weeks – again, I was already so close) The state of Massachusetts put some pretty blue ribbon and this official looking letter with my diploma and poof! I am officially a graduate of Holy Cross College once again. 🙂 I was so relieved to have this essential mission completed.
Another happy coincidence of being in Rhode Island is that I’m relatively close to Long Island. My father’s side of the family originates from Long Island, and I have an aunt still living there. So we were able to reconnect for a short visit! She hopped aboard a ferry on the north end of Long Island and landed a short ways away in Connecticut.
I had not seen her in several years, but it is always lovely when we do have a chance to see each other. Aunt Bette Lou came down to D.C. to attend the Marine Corps Birthday Ball with me a few years ago, and she has managed to be there for so many important moments in our (my brother’s and my) lives. It was so nice to spend some time with her again!
We had lunch in nearby Bristol, walked the beach in the afternoon and then headed into Newport proper for dinner. The compilation of pictures below shows what a spectacular day we had! We got to enjoy the best parts of a New England summer (my personal perspective) and enjoy quality time together before she headed back to Long Island.
So my time in Newport is proving just as relaxing and restorative as it did last year. And my time in the U.S. is nearing an end once again. Soon I’ll be back in Chile. What will the next phase of adventures hold? Till next time!