Week 6: Virginia is for Lovers AND Snow!!!

Doubletree Hotel- Richmond, VA

State Visited: Virginia

Cities Visited: Richmond, Blacksburg, Harrisonburg, Charlottesville, Williamsburg, Newport News ( 5 day period)

Miles Driven: 635

Highlights from the Week

1) It started snowing on my flight to Richmond, VA which was actually pretty terrifying. There were 4 inches of snow on the ground when we landed, and I had to drive on the dark, snowy roads to get to my hotel.

2) Thank goodness I stayed at a Doubletree because A)It was 2 miles from the airport B) they serve you warm walnut chocolate chip cookies upon your arrival C) They had a restaurant so I could order dinner without having to drive my car back out  in the blizzardy snow.

3) I met a professor at Virginia Tech who leads a group of students on El Camino de Santiago,  every summer which is a pilgrimage that people from all over the world take through Spain and something that is on my bucket list to do in this lifetime.

4) University of Virginia is a gorgeous school, but it has an air of intimidation about it that makes me feel uneasy.

5) I made a spontaneous decision to stop through Williamsburg on my way to Newport News, VA because I had no idea it was on the way. I stayed at the nicest Hampton Inn I’ve ever stayed at, and I got a King Suite which made it even better.

6) Williamsburg was an enchanting place to me when I was 8 years old, and  I have fond memories of taking a trip there with my family when I was younger. Unfortunately, when you’re 28 years old, and roaming through the little colonial place alone on a random Thursday afternoon after work, it doesn’t have the same magical feel to it. Plus, it was pretty touristy. I still think it’s a great place to take kids though.

7) I ordered one entree to go at this random Chinese restaurant one night this week, and the lady asked me if she should put 2 sets of silverware and 2 plates in the bag? I answered Yes, without even a thought. I didn’t feel like explaining why I was eating alone in Williamsburg.

8) I bought a bottle of wine at KMart, yes, I did.

9) I also ate Taco Bell one night this week- I make really poor food decisions when I’m alone all week

10) Virginia is the most scenic state to drive through with the breathtaking Blue Ridge Mountains as the backdrop. It is one of the most beautiful parts of the country, and I don’t mind driving for hours at a time through the state.

11) I would like to give a shout out to Steph for visiting her favorite state. Can you say Virginia, Steph? Repeat after me… 😉

12) It’s always nice to come home to Atlanta and to be welcomed back by the Park n Ride drivers. They are so darn friendly, and it makes me proud of my city. Especially since I overheard a woman on my flight to Richmond refer to us as “The Armpit”. Ummmm- the heart of the south is more like it lady.

13) Just as an FYI, I am giving up Facebook for Lent. I need to take a little break from being incessantly connected to everyone else at every second of the day.

14) 5 days until SPAIN!!!!

 

 

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BAMA

This week I will be in good ole Bama-  Birmingham, Auburn, and Montgomery. I had such a peaceful drive into town this evening as it was dusk when  I arrived into Birmingham, and I think the sky is at its prettiest at this time of day.  I always enjoy being in Alabama  as the staff members at the schools I work with are some of the friendliest among my regions. I love visiting Auburn especially because the town is adorable and they have my favorite hotel conference center with an all you can eat pasta bar. I will coincidentally be there on Valentine’s day, so you can bet I will be loading up on the carbs and vino. haha. I’m also happy to be stopping in to see a good friend of mine from highschool in Montgomery. It’s always  comforting to have friends who can host you on your travels, as staying at Hampton Inns and Spring Hill Suites can become a bit sterile and monotonous. So thank you to everyone who has hosted up their home to me on the road. It makes the weeks that much bearable. Cheers to a new week and all the surprises that it holds.

South Carolina Week- Spartanburg, Clemson

Gooooo Tigers!!

This week started off well because my sweet and edgy Fiat that I rented a few weeks back was returned to me. I decided to name the sleek back lil car Tina as she has been my road buddy for the 2nd time. This week hasn’t been too stressful so far.  I have spent 2 of my days in Spartanburg, SC though, and I must say that this is one of my least favorite cities. I always feel slightly depressed while being here.  To counter that though, I was in Clemson today and last nite, and I attended the Clemson vs. Maryland basketball game with some other providers and the study abroad office. It was a close game, and the Tigers almost won. These Clemson people are a spirited bunch. I also had the pleasure of eating a homemade milkshake from Clemson’s dairy.  It definitely wins the award for best icecream  at a college campus.  I’m pretty excited because for once, I am coming home on a Thursday. Sure beats last Friday when I arrived home at 11 pm. More to come when I’m in good ole Bama next week!

Bonnie’s Spring Adventures on the Road!

So after  year and a half of living as a road warrior, I decided that it’s about time to start my own blog. This is a way for people who are interested to keep up with where I am and to read about the random and interesting events that happen on my travels. Also, it’s a way for me to process my thoughts and vent about everything that occurs to me on the road. I also want to be able to look back and laugh about this lifestyle. For those of you who don’t know what I do, I am the Institutional Relations Coordinator for a study abroad organization. Basically, I am the representative for my company in Georgia, Alabama, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Kentucky,Tennessee,  Mississippi, West Virginia, Virginia, D.C., Maryland, Delaware, Illinois, and Wisconsin.  So yeah- biiiiig territory.I am traveling around to visit all of these places typically by car, so I can drive 1,000 miles per week, and I spend about 6 months a year on the road. Some days I feel like I’m the freest person alive when I’m driving on the open road on a beautiful day, and other days I wish I were anywhere else but the random little town I’m in. That’s the beauty of the job though- no day is the same, and I never know what people and situations I will encounter along the way. It’s always an adventure!