Lone Traveler in the Lone Star State
So I am currently in the first few days of a 3 week road trip with one of my closest friends, seeing as much of America as I can before I ship off to China for the summer. But a few weeks before embarking on this adventure I got a huge bite from the travel bug when I visited Austin, TX for a few day (posting better late then never, right?).
I flew south to see if I could see myself going to grad school there, I eventually decided to stay in my beloved Cincinnati.
I was a solo traveler for this trip and I think that was a major reason for why I fell in love with this city. The perk of being a solo traveler is that you get to meet, talk to, and eat with so many more interesting and colorful people. Seriously, you talk to so many people!
The very first person I met while wandering through the UT campus was a grad student that grew up a city next to my hometown of Westlake, Ohio! The world… it’s so small! It seems like no matter how far I am away from home I end up finding someone connected to either Cleveland or Cincinnati… Ohioans rock!
I also had the pleasure of sharing many meals with great strangers, including my fellow Clevelander. But my favorite meal might have to be with this cute gang of young UT students. I shared giant donuts the size of Texas with them (pictures of this wonder plus more on EatChoFood) and spent time sharing my story as they filled me in on theirs. I think I had a sweet spot for them because those four reminded me so much of my freshman year foursome.
Day one was spent chatting with the locals and day two was spent reflecting by the springs. I had the luxury of relaxing all afternoon in the water and drawing in the shade. Not once did I think about studio!
All I have to say is that I love Austin and I learned that all of Austin loves Austin.
Traveling alone is incredibly refreshing sometimes. It’s a different type of adventure, one where you learn so much about yourself. You develop an incredible sense of independence and an insatiable urge to chat it up with strangers!
Be fearless. Fly solo every once in a while, it’s good for you!