Lexington, Kentucky

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Another weekend, another road trip! And Lexington, Kentucky was the perfect distance.

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We started in Columbus, Ohio and drove south on I-71 South for exactly 3 hours. Our airbnb wouldn’t let us check in until 5pm, so we drove directly to the city, parked on Jefferson Avenue and started walking across town.

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Coming from Columbus, Ohio (population 860,090), Lexington definitely felt small (population 318,449). It was a nice size for a downtown area, and we walked from one side of the downtown district to the other in about 15 minutes.

While walking down the main street (actually, I believe it was called Main Street), we stumbled upon a hotel with an art exhibit inside. I didn’t take any pictures, but I left with an ache in my heart feeling very aware of social issues facing other around the world (ahh….art….) One that struck me the most was a digital media piece of a young soldier from Columbia who had lost both of his arms.

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One of my favorite parts about taking weekend trips is the lack of planning. We enjoyed looking at the cute houses, buildings, visiting the coffee shops, restaurants, and taking in the art work.

Our first stop was: Corta y Lima (101 W. Short Street, Lexington KY)

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ADORABLE decor, love the interior

 

I heard that downtown Lexington has a reputation for being “not that cool.” Personally, I loved the charm of the town. The town was rich in history (lots of historical  markers everywhere) and beautiful artwork. It had a nice variety of restaurants (albeit lots of chains).

So far, I have been pleasantly pleased with Kentucky, and it’s not too far away from Ohio (making for great weekend getaways). During my weekend, I also stopped by Midway, Kentucky and Frankfort, Kentucky. More on that soon !

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Louisville, Kentucky y’all!

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I used to tell myself that I had no business in the South. That is, until I realized I live in Ohio and well, it’s slim pickings! Now, I’ve realized how wrong my perception of the South was. I imagined all of the most terrible stereotypes: hillbillies, racist people, small towns. But the more I travel, the wider my perception of that area of America gets.

This past weekend we drove for about 3 hours from Columbus, Ohio to Louisville, Kentucky.

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During my weekend trip, I’ve decided that Louisville is a.l.l.t.h.a.t. The only downside was that we didn’t have more time to explore!

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Our first stop after dropping our bags off at our Airbnb was Blue Dog Cafe on Frankfort Avenue. All I remember about the name of this dessert was it did not sound the way it spelled (French, probably). It was basically a sweet crescent muffin with sugar glaze in the inside (spoken by a true foodie). I also got a Raspberry tea (not pictured). The cashier gave us some advice on where to go next (keep reading!)

After enjoying our pastries, we walked up Frankfort Avenue and checked out some of the cute shops. Some of them were so picturesque —

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Look closely, it’s not a ghost, it is I

I’m a sucker for DIY looking stores with home decor. I am not a country girl, but I do love the “rusic chic” theme for houses.

As I mentioned above, the cashier told us we HAD to check out two places, which we did. The first one was Cherokee Park, and the second was the Walking Bridge.

Thoughts on Cherokee Park: meh

Thoughts on the Walking Bridge: 1000% recommend to anyone going to Louisville! We got there at about 8:55 pm. The best and sweetest part about this evening was making our way up the bridge, and seeing a group full of people standing in red shirts that read: WILL YOU MARRY ME? (Have you ever seen a proposal IRL? I was about to start crying and I don’t even know these people. Life if precious!) I didn’t get that great of a shot of the proposal, but there they are with their sparklers!

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The bridge and the view was so, so beautiful at night. I still can’t get over how nice that night was.

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This may have been one of the more successful night shots I’ve had (night photography is not my strong suit).

The next morning, we got coffee at Please & Thank You. And seriously, how cute is this place?

We shopped some more. There is nothing really interesting to say about that except for a realization I had. For the past few months I have been living downtown. I have loved every single second of it, although living next to a lot of homeless people has not been the best thing for me. As someone who studied social work and poverty, I take a particular interest in those people. And, well, let’s just say I need to stop running my mouth because they so clearly don’t want to hear advice from a random girl carrying 8 bags. I’ve just heard the same rehearsed story several times now, and I know it’s not true and I want them to get the help they need. Calling their bluff to recommend places to go for help has not been super helpful, but rather, offensive (I have learned my lesson, and will just give them the dollar next time). While shopping, a man approached us and said “Hey, I’m just getting off work. Do you have a dollar to spare?” I gave my last dollar to a man who yelled at me for not believing his story, so I did not, but my travel partner did. He was so thankful, and I was also impressed by his honesty.

Before heading home, we checked out Big Rock Park. This park was SO much cooler than Cherokee Park and I wish we skipped Cherokee Park for this one instead.

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This is the big rock!

From a distance we saw a waterfall, and got to see it up close:

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I’m also a sucker for water. Any kind. Beach, waterfall, clean showers without giant spiders….

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I still have some catching up to do with travels, but here ya go ❤

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Still swooning over Tennessee food

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I never thought I’d find myself in any of the Southern states, but there I was! After a 6ish drive from Central Ohio I found myself in Chattanooga, Tennessee for a four night stay.

We stayed in an airbnb just 10 minutes away from the downtown area. The very first thing we did was walk across the pedestrian bridge (Walnut Street Bridge). Don’t let my picture fool you — it was crowded with people. At the entrance, a 10-year-old girl was singing covers of pop songs, people were walking their dogs, riding their bikes, running, while I was on the hunt for some food.

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I got an Earl Grey Belgian Waffle — SO DELICIOUS, and a salted caramel latte (anyone else obsessed with salted caramel??)IMG_9259

Aside from having great food, Chattanooga also is pretty active. We visited Coolidge Park and walked alongside the water.IMG_9282

There is the same pedestrian bridge, but a different angle.

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And did I mention I loved the food there? For my birthday dinner we dressed up, I got a caprese chicken dish. My FAVORITE part about dinner, though, was these bad boys:

IMG_9320.JPGWe did make a day trip up to Nashville, Tennessee… I’m interested to see what everyone else thinks about Nashville… I’ll update you on mine soon!

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Reason, Season or Lifetime?

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2017 so far has brought on some particular challenges for me, and I’ve had troubles getting them into words. Part of it is that I don’t want people I know reading about them, and part of it is that I simply don’t know how to put it into words. 

I began my profession, and for the first time in my life, I don’t come home and complain about my job for hours. In fact, I was unsure if I was fit to be a teacher. Everyone else seemed to know they were made to be a teacher by age 2, and there I was, switching my major for the last time at 21. I think it turned out for the best.

While things have been great professionally, my relationships with friends and family are falling apart. I’ve been thinking about the Reason, Season, Lifetime poem. 

I’m thinking about my best friend who stopped talking to me because XYZ stupid reason. No fight. Except for me calling her bluff. I thought she’d be my maid of honor when I got married. She was my favorite friend to laugh with, she supported me through my toughest time in life so far. And her reason for not talking to me was…. really?? She was my friend for a season.

My friends from college who I laughed with in class, talked to daily and lifted me up when I felt down. I thought they felt the same way. Class is over, and I suppose now we have nothing in common. They were friends for a reason. 

My family member who didn’t decided that me traveling with my boyfriend was unforgivable to her and God, and sent me hurtful words. She didn’t tell anyone about those hurtful words, but makes me out to be the villain when I won’t reach out anymore. They were in my life for a season. 

My family member, who won’t reach out to me now that I am estranged. I have never felt more alienated, and I believe you were in my life for a season. 

I’m moving to fulfil my life dreams in September. I’m scared to find out who else is in my life for season or a reason, but I have a good idea on who I can count on. 

I do not like saying goodbye. But I will.

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Birthday thoughts

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I’m taking a new approach to life. 

I’ve been seeing people posting pictures of graduation, and reflecting on how I don’t have any pictures like that, and how I get kind of sad about that but I’ve sort of rationalized it in my head: I’m not like them. I have different goals in life, I value different things. 

My path was meant to be different. 

I’m accepting my financial and emotional situation and embracing it. I can be broke, depressed, excited, and hopeful.

I will not get an American dream any time soon and that is completely fine with me. 

Vancouver is for foodies

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I am not ashamed to admit that the majority of the week I spent in Vancouver involved consuming delicious foods and drinks (and the rest of the time involved me being active to find new food and drinks). I don’t regret a second of it.

People in Columbus, Ohio brag about how diverse the food choices here are, and honestly, Columbus pales in comparison to Vancouver. Middle Eastern, Ukrainian, Chilean, Thai, Korean, Italian… and that’s only to name a few.

My favorite quote from my time in Vancouver was:

“I just don’t want to look back and think ‘I could have eaten that.'”

 

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Vancouver, British Columbia — March 30th, 2017

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I haven’t even finished telling my story about Thailand, but I recently visited Vancouver and wanted to share a thought I had.

On our final day in Vancouver, it finally stopped raining. (And when I say raining, I mean… monsoon, torrential downpour nonstop all day, all night but people are still outside anyway rain). It was still pretty chilly, but the sun was out. I wanted to go to Grouse mountain, but my legs were so soar from all of the hiking I had done already so we visited a smaller park: Lynn Canyon.

We came across the suspension bridge and it was so crowded with people. I wanted a shot of the bridge empty, but after waiting for about 5 minutes, I gave up and captured everyone on the bridge. I was originally irritated by this, but then I realized that all of these people were here for the same reason I was. Everyone was taking pictures, enjoying the view from below, and enjoying the rocky walk across.

The more I travel, the more I realize how similar everyone is to each other.

(And it took a suspension bridge for me to realize that!)

I’ll upload more Vancouver pictures soon!

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