It's an odd feeling to have - finding that you may be missing a place that you aren't sure whether you liked very much in the first place. That is what I remember feeling during my last weeks in Rhode Island.
True, I would mostly be missing people (all of whom can somehow be tied to my jobs in RI) and places (mostly having something to do with food or shopping) but still, I felt an odd pang that I was actually going to be LEAVING a place that I had lived for 3 years...my first "real life" experience.
I've decided to list some of my favorite places to shop in RI and what I liked so much about them:
-Providence Place Mall - Okay. So this really shouldn't be high on the list. They charge for parking. They have many "overpriced" type stores. The food court isn't that great. However, it was right next to where we lived and we spent much of our time there. Probably mostly because we were depressed or it was cold and we didn't want to be in the apartment. Still, I have fun memories there. Seeing the 3-D Dinosaur IMAX with Amy was fun. Not to mention the wonderful stores that they have there and NOT in Hawaii, including Victoria's Secret, Bath and Body Works, and (sadly) Crate and Barrel.
-Wrentham Outlets - Obviously. It's great when it's warm out for a stroll since it's outdoors. Unlike the PPM, they do not charge for parking though you sometimes had to run people over for a free stall (kidding). My favorite things here, in no particular order, are: the discount make-up store, Van Heusen, Bass, Eddie Bauer, and Rocky Mountain Chocolate where Amy and I would pick up a caramel & peanut covered apple at the end of our shopping excursions.
-Warwick Mall - Okay. This place isn't the most wonderful place either, however, the whole strip in Warwick can be fun. How can you go wrong with a place that has a Petco, a Michaels, a Joanne's, a Best Buy, and 2 malls on the same strip??? We enjoyed a couple dinners at the new "On the Boarder" though to be quite honest, the main purpose of going to the Warwick mall tended to be solely for going to "Panda Express" where Amy had fallen for the orange chicken. (And to run Hallmark errands for my mom.) I didn't really get to bid this place a "farewell" as I saw no need for eating at Panda Express. The Panda's that are in Hawaii are huge (not express) and have a more delicious variety to choose from (including my favorite tofu & eggplant in garlic sauce that I was sorely missing in RI.)
-The Crossing at Smithfield - Nothing really special here. Just a place we went every so often.
-Garden City - Fondest memory is definitely free cone day at the Ben and Jerry's! ALSO, the Victoria's Secret at this mall actualy carries up through the larger sizes of bras that most normal Vicki's don't carry. I didn't find that out until much later, though.
-Thayer Street - Okay. So maybe I didn't "SHOP" on Thayer exactly, but I definitely shopped at Details, this adorable little shop that sold things like hats, hair accessories, socks, wallets and handbags. After the students left, wallets would go on sale for $5 and purses for $10! Oh...and let's not forget the EARRINGS, oh the earrings!!!!