Rockport, Massachusetts | 2010

Back in 2010, Markus and I visited our dearest friends Ryan and Jessica. Markus and I already started to think about moving to Korea, so our annual vacation ended up being in the U.S. Markus never traveled to Boston, so we thought it would be the perfect place for a vacation. I went once when I was 16, but everything is different when you're a teenager. We spent a week touring the beautiful city of Boston. For one of our day trips, Ryan and Jess took us to one of their favorite New England towns, Rockport. It's this amazing little New England seaside town. I've always wanted to go to a place like that and it was everything I hoped it would be and more.

Ryan and Jessica are very special to us and Ryan was even in our wedding. They are amazing friends and even though they lived far from us, they were always people that we could rely  on. Jessica is one of the sweetest and kindest people I've ever met. She is so generous with everything. Ryan is probably the smartest person I know. His knowledge of everything is so vast and sometimes I feel a bit dumb when I'm around him. He's not only incredibly intelligent, but he's one of the most encouraging people I've ever met. He is constantly encouraging Markus and I in everything that we do. He truly believes that we can do anything and it's so humbling to have a friend that has that much faith in us.

We spent the chilly afternoon walking the shop filled streets. Everything was so quaint, but not in a cheesy sort of way. It was definitely the sort of place that everyone knew their neighbors and where people raised their kids. I spent most of the afternoon squealing and freaking out about every little thing. Even though I've always lived close to the ocean, this is nothing like Florida. Rockport was like a dream. It's the epitome of the sleepy seaside town and I wished that we could have spent more time there.

When we first arrived in Rockport and were walking around, I had the feeling like I had seen something like it before. I even turned to Markus and said, "This place reminds me of The Proposal". Rockport looked just like the Alaskan city that Ryan Reynolds character brings Sandra Bullock's character. When we randomly walked into the Fudgery to get apple cider, I saw a photo from the movie and I quickly realized why it looked familiar. It was because they did film it in Rockport! After that, Markus and I decided to end our wonderful time in the little town by trying to re-enact one of the scenes from the movie. We tried our best to get it right and I think we did a pretty good job. I felt like it was a fitting end to a lovely afternoon in the perfect New England seaside town.