Elana and I met in France. We studied abroad in Lyon during the 2003-2004 academic year through the University of California system. Elana went to Cal; I went to UC San Diego. She grew up in Santa Monica; I grew up in the Bay Area. If it weren't for our love of travel and love of all things French, our lives would have never intersected. I'm so glad they did intersect. We've been friends for five years now! And she will be one of my bridesmaids in my wedding in July!
I always think of Elana as the intrepid traveler, the adventure-seeker, the master networker, and the truest friend. When I first met her, she was always coming back and forth from a trip somewhere in Europe. She went to Greece, Spain, England, Italy, the Netherlands and that's just a sampler.
One trip, she came with us to Vienna and Budapest, and let me tell you a true story. Elana snuck into the Budapest National Opera House. In fact, because of her curiosity, we all did. She wandered down the hall and started talking to a Clarinet player for the National Symphony...and even tried out her Clarinet. Now, I'll admit that I was a little nervous: We were in a country not yet in the European Union. Hungarian isn't exactly the easiest language. What are you supposed to tell guards wielding big guns?? Needless to say, we made it out alive.
She's always played to the beat of her own drum and has been wildly successful in her career. I mean, can you say you wore T-Pain's hat? She loves music and music has been infused in her job. She continues to travel a bunch and may even go to a music festival in France! When she asked me if I'd take her photo for a conference profile, how was I going to say no? Of course I would! Here are a few from our impromptu session...
The sun was setting fast, so I had to grab all the available light!
Elana, je suis tellement contente que nous sommes si bonnes copines!