(AKA the day we thought we were going to die...)
We were under a wind warning, and I could hear the wind howling through the cracks around my front door. I was supposed to fly out in a few hours, winging my way back to my country and family. WestJet had the flight listed as on time and good to go, so after a few last minute checks to ensure nothing was left behind, I made my way to the airport, enjoyed lunch, and settled in to wait for my flight.
My seat mates were from Calgary, Alberta, and we enjoyed some pleasant conversation while we waited to taxi down the runway. Then we took off. A collective gasp from everyone on board when it felt like someone had picked up our plane and shook us like a pair of dice. Up, down, sideways, that sudden stop that throws your stomach at your head...she grabbed my hand at the same time I grabbed hers, and we laughed hysterically. "It's like a rollercoaster," she said, and I replied..."but there are no rails! And I don't like rollercoasters!" And muttered something about having life insurance.
Later on, once the flight had leveled off, her friend a few seats ahead mentioned she could hear us laughing like loons at that moment we all thought we were going to die.
So a big shout out to Lana. I'm glad we met and that we didn't die that day, and I'm sorry you got snow this past weekend after that fantastic hot weather we experienced the week before.
This was my first real trip without family. It was a fantastic week to get together with an old friend, and explore the area with her. I enjoyed meeting a couple of clients, and I got some work done- a course I've been putting off in favour of doing other things, all good things, but still, it needed to be done. We ate out at interesting places and saw interesting things, we met interesting people and enjoyed interesting conversations with them. We talked outside in the dark with a bottle of wine, we talked over breakfast on the patio watching the palm trees blow and listening to the birds sing. We talked while we hiked up Split Rock Trail, and talked while we hiked back down. We picked up where we left off 22 years ago, and it was such a pleasure to be with her again.
I learned a few things about travelling solo. If I did it again, would I change anything? You tell me!
So without further ado, here's my top 12 lessons learned while travelling without my family.
What travel tips can you share with me and others? What else am I missing? I would love to hear your thoughts in comments on this post.
Today is the beginning of my work week, since here in Canada we also had a holiday yesterday. I've got my work cut out for me. Be on the look out on facebook for my Tuesday soup series photo tonight, and the recipe giveaway post tomorrow. I've got a #testkitchen and recipe development day scheduled this week while I try to pull out new flavours and foods based on some of my recent travel finds, and a birthday party to plan for this weekend, as well as my tap routine to practice for our year end show.
I wish you a great week, friends, and look forward to hearing from you.