The first thing on our itinerary was going to the Riverbanks Zoo which was SO MUCH FUN! Y'all would have thought I was about five years old...and Emily was such a sport because I probably stopped and gawked at every little thing we walked by! I haven't been to a real zoo in years and had the best time feeding the giraffes, watching the animals nap lazily and of course watching the silly penguins play and swim around!
After leaving the zoo, we went shopping. Who doesn't love an afternoon of strolling the streets, window shopping and enjoying the beautiful weather? I love a good consignment store, so Emily made sure to take me to about three during my time visiting!
After walking around and doing some light shopping, we were both hungry and stopped by The Gourmet Shop at Five Points for a quick bite to eat. If you are ever in Columbia, you have to check this place out. They have the cutest cafe (and best food) along with a shop full of cookware and other kitchen goodies that you would just lust over if you are one who likes to cook or host a party!
After an afternoon full of activities, we decided to head back to Emily's apartment for a much needed nap and a few hours of just relaxing before heading back out for dinner and football. And let me just say, USC fans do not play around; they are some of the most intense football fans that I have ever met! I loved being among all of the Gamecock fans, supporting and cheering on their team as they won the game against Missouri (in double OT)!
This was a much needed weekend in so many ways. Sometimes you just need to take a road trip and get away from your every day surroundings. Sometimes you need to have a girls weekend. Sometimes you just need to be a big kid and go to a zoo or step outside of your comfort zone and sometimes you just need to be with your best friend and be thankful for all that God has blessed you with... :)