I claimed 2014 as the year of travel and that is exactly what it is becoming. At the age of 23, there is still so many places and things I need to do and experience. I have never really traveled alone and that’s exactly what I recently did.
This gal booked her own plane tickets to take a flight from STL to Seattle where I would meet my brother and we would drive 2 hours to Anacortes, Washington where he resides. I spent Sunday, Monday and Tuesday with him and then woke up at 1:30am Wednesday morning to embark on the last leg of my trip. I caught a 2:15am shuttle from Anacortes to Seattle. From Seattle I flew to San Francisco for a three hour layover and then a flight back to STL.
I’ve always been told that I have a “sparkling” personality, but I guess I started believing it when I was on my trip. Why? Because I am apparently extremely approachable. Each flight I was on, the person next to me just wanted to engage in conversation, and even during my layover where I was sitting. Not even headphones could stop these individuals from wanting to talk to me. So while I thought I would be productive and get to finish my book, or start on my paper for my nutrition course, I was instead engaging with strangers and letting them tell me all about their personal lives.
Some were more awkward than others, but if a stranger can feel comfortable telling you about their personal life then I guess that is a quality to definitely cherish about yourself.
I absolutely love traveling and hope to be able to live a life where I have the ability to see new places. I thought I would provide some pictures of my trip to you all!
Too bad Graham couldn’t travel with me. I had to leave him at home. Flying into Seattle was so pretty with all of the lights shining bright. To get to baggage claim, I had to ride on a train. Alex and I exhausted and ready for bed. Our picture to send to Mom and Dad saying we safely arrived. A bloody mary bar at H20. I can now say that I don’t like bloody mary’s, but I did eat the bacon and cheese out of it. Played some pool and I can say that I’m only slightly better than I used to be, and that’s still poor. One hill to get to the top of Cap Sante where we got our picture taken and did some hiking on a few trails. Found one Geocache and signed my name. Watched Alex teach and snapped a picture of him demo-ing a bowl. Backyard picture from Alex’s friend’s house Allen and Lisa who cooked an amazing dinner for us. Bags are packed and I’m off. Mountain and sunrise shots. Cool water bottle fountain that keeps track of how many disposable bottles were saved by filling up your bottle with water from the fountain. A Speed Racer exhibit in San Francisco airport. Many other glass exhibits filled with Japanese toys. View leaving San Fran.
The con to my vacation was that I had planned my layover in San Francisco so that I could go to Starbucks and get my San Francisco collectors city mug. However, all three Starbucks were located outside of security and since I was already on the other side, I didn’t want to risk going back out and having to dump out my tea in my water bottle and going through the long line again. Especially since the gate my plane was leaving from was having issues with the plane before, so I wanted to make sure I didn’t miss my flight or an announcement of a gate change.
I loved traveling and getting to see my brother as well as experiencing somewhere different than Missouri for Spring Break!