In the past year I traveled as much as, if not more, than I had in my adult life to date. For three months I felt like I never stopped, and realized when I did I felt completely restless and a little sad. As tired as I often was, I had never enjoyed myself so much as I did while working on the road this summer for my internship. The fun and spontaneity that came with these travels encouraged me to make a trip all my own.
Work ended a week before I returned to Manhattan for school, and with that time I needed to get away for a few days before I began my final year of school. I also knew that in the midst of my crazy summer, I had missed my opportunity to catch a Royals game (I know, shame on me!). They were away that whole week, so I essentially based my vacation around their schedule and found myself in Arlington the weekend. For those of you who don’t keep up with baseball, the Rangers had been struggling, so I got a cheap ticket!
Thursday morning I woke up and was ready to head south. I decided en route to make a couple stops. The first one was at The Pink Pistol in Tishomingo, Oklahoma. For those of you who haven’t been I highly recommend it! I wanted to buy everything and it was such a fun atmosphere.
I arrived in Denton, Texas early that evening where the North Texas State Fair just happens to be held. So like any sane girl would do I went to the fair, rodeo, and Josh Abbott Band concert afterwards. North Texas State Fair trump Kansas’ State fair for future reference.
The next day I wandered around Arlington until it was time to go to the baseball game. This included taking a really long stroll through Legacy Park (that thing is massive), trying a local dive for lunch, and hitting up the premium outlets for a little (lot of) shopping.
I have a small fascination with visiting stadiums and ballparks I’ve never seen. So, watching the Royals win from the 3rd baseline at Globe Life was a pretty awesome treat, even surrounded by Rangers fans.
I spent my last full day in Texas in the Stockyards. Yes, the whole day I just played tourist, visiting all the shops, museums, bars and local hangouts. It was a blast and I met so many friendly and interesting people.
So what point am I trying to make here? Those of you who know me (and those who don’t) know that I’m painfully shy. I completely stepped out of my comfort zone for four days, met people who I still keep in touch with, did things on my own schedule, and had an experience that really let me get a feel for what it’s like to be somewhere where nobody knows your name. This is in large part what led me to accept a job 1,223 miles away from home and eight. The change of scenery is such an exciting and welcoming thing for me and had I not gone out and spent some me time traveling I’m not sure I would have been able to move to New York. That being said if you ever have the opportunity to take a solo trip, jump on it!