A Long-Awaited Reunion of Besties

January 6, 2014 § 1 Comment

Chen, Xixi, Yawen, Lucy (I was behind the camera)

Chen, Xixi, Yawen, Lucy (I was behind the camera)

This winter break was a special one because I got to be in the same place as my four best friends for the first time in exactly four years. Since New Years 2009, our lives have mostly gone separate ways: I went to Hong Kong twice and eventually moved to New York; Chen went to China for three years then moved to Seattle; and Yawen completed her first two years of med school in the Caribbean. Lucy and Xixi, our loyal Illinois residents, stayed near home, with the former getting a big girl job and moving to the city and the latter passing her first round of boards and starting med school rotations.

We’ve all changed quite a bit since the last time we met up, and it’s such a blessing to be able to come home and get back together like we were never apart. Just look at how much we’ve matured physically!

In '09, four of us couldn't even drink legally! We toasted with sparkling juice (I swear)

In ’09, four of us couldn’t even drink legally! We toasted with sparkling juice (I swear)

Since Chen and I were back in Naperville for the exact same dates, the five of us made the most of our time together. I’m normally not so insistent/obsessive about taking photos (especially ones of myself), but I figured that we’re only young and cute and together for so long, so I’d better document everything in order to have something tangible to look back on! (Other than the potbelly I’ve gained from eating so much.) « Read the rest of this entry »

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