A Walk Down Memory Lane

August 23, 2016

I still cannot believe it has been over a year since graduating from college. I am stunned looking back at how fast this year has flown! Although I am beyond college I still feel like I can group myself in the “college” bubble. But I also struggle with getting myself to that point because I’m beyond college in many ways.

It’s kind of an odd place to be in!

Anyway, this weekend I was able to journey back to my college town for a dear friend’s wedding. It was so nice being back and connecting with those whom I attended Luther with.

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There’s such a strong bond among Luther students and that always comes out at big events.

So of course while we were back we had to go about town (Decorah) and revisit all the old stomping grounds and favorite spots. I dearly love Decorah, Iowa, and seeing so many of my favorite people and places all in the same weekend was so special.

It was wonderful meeting up with my dear friend, Jenny, and hanging out with her and so many people! Jenny is the creative genius behind Jenny Bonnell Photography and we had a photo session which I’ll blog more about later.

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One of the new additions to Decorah is this mural by famed “Story People” artist, Brian Andreas. His artwork and quotes are rooted in Decorah and have become known world-wide.

Other wonderful places in Decorah, Iowa include…

Magpie’s! This tasty coffee shop is hip and adorable.

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A perfect place for Iced Vanilla Lattes. And what about this penny floor?? I dig it.

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We also had to stop at both ice cream shops…The Whippy Dip and the Sugar BowlIMG_2788

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I’m already missing the Whippy Dip’s Cookie Dough Tornadoes…

The Wedding was on Saturday night, and since Jenny took photos of the event, I’ll link those later…(A beautiful wedding and reception)

For now, here’s a few of us before the Reception!

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Dress (Old, Similar) / Clutch / Shoes (Not Shown) / Bracelet

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I have to say, my favorite part about this weekend was spending time with some people I hold near and dear to my heart. So grateful we can return to Decorah together and also stay connected even post-graduation.

We dearly missed all others from our time at Luther! It’s not quite the same without the whole group…

It’s always fun to return to Decorah. It feels like by returning to the place where many significant events happened in life over four years, I can see how much I have grown since then, and also appreciate how large of an influence Luther was in my life.

Already can’t wait until the next trip!

Your Turn! Any memories you have of going back to your college town? How were things different or the same? If you’re still in college, what have you liked most about being in your college town?

-Caitlin

 

 

 

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