When I was first offered a job in South Carolina, my immediate reaction was to say YES! …. You snooze you lose and all that. I’m also not ashamed to admit that my very next reaction was to immediately google South Carolina, since up to that point the only thing I knew about SC was that it was a state in the US, possibly in the South. Shocking right!
But then I found such beautiful photos of national parks and old-timey looking cities, horse –drawn carts and palm trees and of course I was smitten. Later I realized that I’d been looking at photos of Charleston, SC rather than Columbia, SC which is the city I would be living in.
Not that I mind too much, Columbia has its own charm and is a very nice city to live in too, but the one big advantage that Charleston has over Columbia is the ocean. Oh how I love the ocean. There’s something really up-lifting about watching the waves crash onto the shore that just makes life’s stresses melt away. A nearby ocean is going to be a pre-requisite for where ever I end up living next.
Thankfully Charleston isn’t that far away, about a 2 hours’ drive. So two weekends ago, I spent a glorious day in the outlets (making my credit card steam a little!), and then headed into downtown Charleston where Boomer, best friend, our then house guest and I wandered down little old-fashioned streets, gazed at palm trees, soaked up the autumn sunshine in the park, checked out an installation of colourful umbrellas that looked like flowers, wandered through a covered market bought the most delicious chocolate covered pretzels and marshmallows from a little shop whose name I can’t remember (it’s on Market street though if you happen to go there!) and last but not least we sat by the ocean and watched the world go by.
[I also forgot my big camera (boo urns) and so I had to take all these with my camera phone....tsk tsk]