On Friday night, my team headed downtown for a little bit of fun and to see what Charleston is known for: it's beautiful architecture and city life. This is a picture I snapped while we were down by the water, facing into the city.
We had a really fun time. There is an open market with fun jewlery, hand made baskets, purses, clothing, scented oils... the list goes on and on. It was really fantastic. Later on that night, a few of my team members and I came back downtown to see the local bar scene. We went to one of the bars that had a live blue grass band. They were really good. They had a fiddle, mandolin, banjo and bass guitar, and of course they sang as well. :) It was good times.
After hanging out there for a bit, Naomi (a teammate from Maine) and I decided to take a rickshaw ride. They aren't traditional rickshaws (they are pulled by bikes), but it was very fun, all the same. We went through Battery Park and drove past all the old mansions along the water front and a bit inland. They were some of the most beautiful houses I've ever seen. Our driver, Jared, informed us that they ranged from 4-6 million and they were mostly second homes. Gotta love the rich! :) It took a couple times to get this picture and even still, it's not the best! But there we are, en route.
Other than that, we haven't been doing too much. We had our physicals (I was cleared without any hiccups). What was a little gross was that they had us line up for our peeing in a cup and then the bathroom was right next to the line. So all of us had to walk out with our pee in our cup right by everyone else. I walked proudly by.
I haven't been too homesick yet. The weekends seem to be when it will hit the most because they don't have as much for us to do. But I was able to go to church and I went to the beach on both Saturday and Sunday. Good times. The beach in So Cal is 100 times better.
Peace and Love.