As a graduate student who does ethnographic research, I know the importance of getting out into the field to observe how particular settings influence people and behaviors.
This weekend, we're going to attend our first ethnographic field study - ah, I mean wedding celebration - since we've been engaged. We went to a wedding back in November, right before we got engaged. I wonder if Mr. Barefoot was scoping out the details back then, before I knew what was coming.... I suspect that being in the midst of planning a wedding changes how one observes everything.
The location sounds amazing - a redwood grove three hours south of San Francisco, at a Buddhist retreat center. There will be croquet and bocce, camping, feasting and dancing under the stars! I can't wait!