Before this year, most people were surprised to hear that an avid traveler like myself didn’t know too much about my own country. When I was teaching English in Madrid, students would ask me what life in America was like. They were curious about the United Four States They Knew Existed: New York, California, Florida, and Texas. Luckily, I come from one of them, and their elation over hearing about and seeing photos of the New York City of the Movies and TV hid the fact that beyond New York, I really had no clue what was going on over there.
When I came back (15 months ago already – yikes how time flies), I resolved to see what all the fuss was about. After walking outside on the Camino de Santiago for five weeks and gaining a new appreciation for natural beauty, I was especially excited. America, so they say, is the land of untouched wilderness. From East Coast to the Southwest, I soaked up America like a sponge. Verdict? I need to see more (and will be in 2016)! My only gripes about US travel are a) Public transportation between places sucks and/or is expensive so you pretty much need a car everywhere. If you don’t own one, renting is also expensive. b) Hostels aren’t really a thing so it’s either couchsurfing or airbnb if you don’t have friends in the area.
One of my New Year’s resolutions is to write daily in some form, including blogging more (last year I only published a handful of posts – embarrassing!), so I’m starting with an easy round-up of this past year, in photos. Stay tuned for some more in-depth posts on a few of these places.
Indiana (Bloomington) – No photos because I didn’t have a smart phone yet and accidentally left my camera behind! Bad photographer/blogger!
So even though my passport remained tucked away in a box, 2015 was another great year of travel and life changes thrown in there in between all that travel, including getting (and quitting) a job at a startup, which led to starting to freelance, which I’m loving. I also got my first tattoo, an arrow to remind myself of the freedom and lessons of the Camino, and to keep moving forward. I also had the best and worst first date ever where the universe took something away (my new phone) and gave me something even better (a partner in creative and travel adventures).
This year is already promising to be an exciting one, full of more American adventures. On the first day of 2016, some big news arrived: a confirmed cat and house-sit for three months in Utah, the state that is home to much more than the Mormons for which they are known: Monument Valley, Arches National Park, Zion, and of course, the Great Salt Lake. See U (I couldn’t resist, I know, sorry not sorry) in a few weeks, Utah!