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Hopkins was hoppin’ this weekend because it was ~FAMILY WEEKEND~

My parents came all the way from Chicago on Friday afternoon and met me after my last class. We walked a bit around campus, check in and got my mom a sweet Family Weekend tote bag, and decided to attend a one-off class taught by my Elements of Macroeconomics professor, Dr. Robert Barbera.

Turns out my father is a huge fan of Professor Barbera and we got a cool and not-at-all weird picture with him.

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My father, Dr. Barbera, and me.

The class was actually very interesting, even if I was one of the only students there. Dr. Barbera discussed the Great Recession, and I actually learned a lot to supplement what I was already learning in class about government involvement in the economy.

After that, we went to one of the my favorite neighborhoods in Baltimore, Hampden. We actually went to the same restaurant that we ate at after I toured Hopkins the first time my junior year of high school, the Golden West Cafe (#fullcircle). I had an amazing quesadilla and my dad had one of their more famous dishes, Elvis pancakes.

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Bananas, bacon, and peanut butter: perfect for The King.

After dinner was ice cream at the Charmery, just down the street from Golden West. I had the chocolatey goodness of Maryland Mud.

On Saturday, we hung around campus and had lunch at a lovely picnic, at which President Ronnnie D spoke and unveiled a new Blue Jay statue outside of the FFC. It’s… something. Regardless, it was a lovely day to be out and about.

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I’m now realizing my mother isn’t in any of these pictures… she’s the one taking them. I love you, Mom!

Saturday evening, we went with my friends and their families to another amazing restaurant in the Federal Hill neighborhood, another amazing and fun spot in Baltimore. The restaurant was a Mediterranean place called Zaatar, and it’s in walking distance of the Inner Harbor and Camden Yards – and it’s amazingly good!

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The Fam, although my brother isn’t here…

All in all, I had a wonderful time with my parents, and not just because they bought me a lot of food. I miss them more now than I did at the beginning of the semester. It’s alright, though, because there’s only a few weeks until I see them again at Thanksgiving!