The trouble with travelling back later on is that you can never repeat the same experience.
Since it is cold and snowy in Ann Arbor, MI this week, I will try to think about the last work assignment here in August of 2013. My hotel/home for the week is very close to the University of Michigan and downtown Ann Arbor. Being in an office all day is not so bad when you can change into sandals or tennis shoes, drive a few minutes, park the car and explore. I discovered great cuban cuisine dining outside at Lena’s one evening, the next – a beer garden with the same name as my boyfriend (must be fate), the next I walked so far I got lost then found on the U of Michigan campus.
I wondered into bookstores, took the time to read menus outside of restaurants and always chose a table outside where I could people watch. I got lost twice on my way back to my hotel as the way downtown was not exactly the way to take back (curse one way streets). I noticed old churches, historic buildings and unique architecture – and how they gave character to the downtown. I pictured living here, maybe one of those old buildings that are renovated into condos. I imagined a routine different from the one I have, and how interesting it would be. And then I thought – I can’t wait to get home and tell my family where I have been. I think the real draw of my travels for work is the temporary feeling of re-creating your life, and a then realizing how lucky you are to have the life you do have.