Salem and around Oregon

In between trips to Taiwan and Australia, Kevin and I fit in a visit to Oregon to see beloved family and friends this summer.  The biggest highlight of our trip was celebrating my parents’ 50th wedding anniversary along with my sister’s family.  We took my parents to a fun pub, Gilgamesh, that is located next to the house where my mom grew up in Salem.  Live music made the night even more special, followed by homemade dessert a my sister’s house.  A second highlight was a day-hike to Triangulation Peak with my sister, niece, and nephew.  There is nearly nowhere in the world as beautiful as Oregon in the summer!

Chicago, Illinois

Kevin and I were back in Chicago for the long-weekend.  Though it was April, a thin dusting of snow covered the streets when we arrived (but there was definitely not enough snow to prevent us from walking throughout downtown Chicago as much as possible during our visit).  We enjoyed warmer views of Lake Michigan from inside our hotel room and the cozy executive lounge of The Drake, which is one of our favored places to stay when we visit Chicago.  Kevin and I began the weekend by attending the Legacies & Leaders 2016 event at the University of Illinois.  It was a pleasure to meet the most recent recipient of our scholarship, who was seated at our table.  Helen Klabel, of the College of Business Administration, can be seen in the video at the bottom of this page.  We ended the weekend by celebrating the birthday of Kevin’s godson.  Kevin watched on eagerly as Kaito opened up our gift, a Lego Millenium Falcon.  Good thing that we didn’t have to help him put it together before we left, or we’d still be there!

The 2016 recipient of the Desouza Family Endowment Scholarship:

 

San Francisco

Kevin took me to San Francisco for a romantic weekend.  I know I took more pictures of the city, but I am not finding them at the minute.  For now, here is a photo of the band that we watched on Valentine’s day at Fior d’Italia.  We spent the afternoon having a long lunch, drinking wine, and dancing until the music stopped!

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