Around 6-ish today (well, technically now tomorrow), a friend stopped by my room and we chatted for a bit. I mentioned I hadn't had dinner yet, and the school cafeteria didn't sound particularly appetizing (no real surprise there). So, we walked into town, saw a mutual friend while doing so, and I got something to eat and we chatted for a bit.
We decided to take a walk with no predetermined destination instead of going back to campus right away. For what it's worth, those are always the best walks there are. It was a fairly quiet evening. Hardly any cars were out and the crickets were chirping, and the conversation was varied. We walked along the river, passed a long-forgotten bar, and followed side streets and sidewalks until we were in the next town (a little under a mile away).
We walked along the highway for a stretch on the way back as well. (Okay, clarification: we weren't actually on the highway, we were on the other side of the guardrail) Despite the fact I was definitely not wearing the right footwear for this venture, I enjoyed getting off of campus for a bit. I don't get to do it often, but I'm definitely looking forward to the next of these walks. It helped me de-stress and focus on the week ahead.
These are the things that I love about college... Walks through parts of town not discovered, having amazing friends, and making new memories all the time. But now, bed awaits. Week seven is upon me and that marks the halfway point of the semester. This is where it gets real.