i just recently (finally) got to go visit my sister, kelly, at school in tuscaloosa, alabama! the university of alabama is known for its game-day antics, so naturally i was excited to visit! having attended fsu myself, i am no stranger to all the hooplah surrounding football season and it was easy to fall back into the screaming-cheering-football loving college kid i once was. we had a blast together.
i flew into birmingham and we had lunch and went shopping in the city before making the hour drive back to t-town. it is so beautiful in alabama and it makes me want to move somewhere with hills and trees really bad. florida is so flat and boring - i need hills/mountains/anything! anyways, i love the scenery there and it reminded me of growing up in michigan, and i loved it. duh.
the town of tuscaloosa is fairly small - existing mainly to bring you the national champion crimson tide football team (their mascot is an elephant..but they are the crimson tide - i don't really get it but whatever...roll tide) - and it reminded me of tallahassee a lot. in a good way. there were local "joints" (ahem, taco casa) and typical college town food (zaxby's anyone? i think i just gained 5 pounds just thinking about it) and of course the campus itself it amazing. one of my favorite things about going to fsu was the campus architecture. brick everywhere! university of alabama is no different and man did they deliver! brick everywhere!! it was so traditional and charming and fantastic.
kelly took me on a tour through campus and we drove by all the amazing buildings and houses, the quad and the giant chiming clock "denny chimes." people were already setting up tents for tailgating and the game was still more than 24 hours away. they do it right.
kel lives on campus in the ZTA sorority house and man what a house to live in! wow. it was beautiful, not to mention right around the corner from the stadium. inside it was so girly and cute - picture reese witherspoon's house in legally blonde. it was precious (and in no way small).
kelly, taylour ann and me at five - we are obviously hilarious.
read about the rest of our sister weekend after the jump!