2016 is approaching and although 2015 has been a fantastic year of family and friends, it hasn’t been without a few hiccups. Traveling across the United States has been fun and exciting, but it always has an unexpected amount of surprises that can test your patience and knowledge. Following my passion and advocacy for revolutionizing the fashion industry to Chicago as well as chasing down my dreams in writing and photography brought along many opportunities as well as a few wrong turns and dead ends. So, before 2016 begins, I’d like to share a few humorous mishaps to show exactly what it’s like to take on so many changes at once:
- The way from Vancouver, British Columbia to Portland, Oregon proved to be a test of patience with unexpected turns. The trip was off to an awkward start when the Amtrak bus left Vancouver 15 minutes late. At United States Customs, I was stalled again as I strained to hear an officer’s questions and my luggage was unpacked and promptly inspected. Once in Seattle, I grabbed my suitcase and ran to the train platform 10 minutes before the Amtrak train left for Portland. Although I assumed I was safely on my way to Portland, the train stopped at a bridge outside of the city. When the bridge failed to lower after ships passed through, my trip was delayed by 3½ hours as conductors and engineers determined a next step. After waiting, the conductor sent the train back to Vancouver, Washington where I was greeted by my friend and Portland host, Caitlin. While my photos and adventures in the Pacific Northwest are wonderful memories, I can’t forget about the trip to get to Portland that I thought would only take 8 hours and ended up taking nearly 12 hours.
- Exploring Chicago = Awesome. Dealing with Chicago Weather = Not so Awesome. After visiting Chicago’s neighborhoods, experiencing its great architecture, and eating amazing food, I began to miss such a vibrant and eclectic city. I missed it until I had to wait at the bus stop and freeze from the howling winds or walking two blocks to work and becoming drenched from torrential wind and rain.
- Wearing layers is not only fashionable, it is also sensible . . . unless your boots get incredibly soaked and your socks are wet too. Braving the snowstorm to get to the Shedd Aquarium, I thought my feet were well taken care of in my winter boots. That was until I found myself holding a soggy pair of socks under a hand dryer in the aquarium bathroom.
- Living with a dog is great, until they eat your shoes. My former roommate, Maggie, may be afraid to wear small things on her head, but she’s certainly not afraid of taking on larger prospects. Leaving my snow boots out to dry, I didn’t think twice until I woke up and found two buttons from my boots crushed into pieces. Maggie was immediately put outside since I knew whom the culprit was. Luckily, my sewing skills came in handy as I replaced the missing buttons. They may not match the originals, but they give me a smile when I look at them and think of Maggie.
- Pack, move, repeat. Moving temporarily to a new place and packing everything away in storage is nothing new for me. However, that doesn’t mean that it gets easier or that I’m an expert. Heartburn, a sick stomach, and anxiousness tend to inflict me as I make multiple trips to Goodwill, determine what to keep and what to give away, and where everything I’ve kept will be stored. Determining what I’ll need for three months during my trip to Chicago proved to be quite problematic when I realized I forgot many necessities despite my packing lists and my seasoned experience with temporary employment.
It turns out that foraging your own path in life can be inspirational and rewarding, but not without a few mistakes along the way. I may not have a clear or direct path, but that doesn’t mean something isn’t in my future. These mishaps I’ve encountered can be a test, but they can also have their own humorous faults that take me exactly where I’m supposed to be in 2016.
This post is a part of Little Things Thursdays hosted by Little By Little and Weekend Travel Inspiration hosted by Reflections EnRoute, The Crowded Planet, Contented Traveller, Albom Adventures, Safari 254, Families Go!, and Malaysian Meanders.