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The truth about assumptions

On Monday night I returned home from a brief trip to California which I went on during the University’s reading week period. I began to board the plane in Winnipeg before the sun even thought about rising at 5:00AM. Winnipeg, to Toronto and onward to San Francisco, I peered about the window with more than one thought rushing through my mind. There was no time for a nap or even time to squeeze in a single episode of The Big Bang Theory only because my expectations and assumptions about California were dying to be met. Being a noob to the state known for celebrities, fancy cars and sunshine, I only knew what I had seen through T.V shows, movies or word of mouth, and with that, I was left with high expectations on what this adventure was going to entail.

It was 1:30 in the afternoon on the West Coast when my feet finally touched American concrete.  As I gripped my suitcase with my right hand, my left adjusted my sunglasses that haven’t been worn in weeks due to the lack of sunlight in Winnipeg. Once a warm breeze swept across my face, I had already never felt so at home, however I soon realized my assumptions about California were a tad off. The weather was cooler rather than hot, the people were friendly and rather than rude (Which is obviously a good thing), and the atmosphere was relaxed rather than hectic which brought me more down to earth.I learned a lot about making assumptions, but most importantly, I learned not to make them at all.

When it comes to travelling, if it is a long, short, quick, or slow kind of escapade, I came to the conclusion that no matter what I am always going to learn something, even if it means I realize it in that very moment or six weeks later. I have now been travelling solo for just about three years and in these past three years travel has taught me so much more than a University classroom or $100 textbook ever will.

I first began to learn that flying solo is far from nerve wrecking but rather relaxing. Ever since I was little, having the opportunity to fly always got me excited, back then and still today I jump at any opportunity to fly away. Flying means travelling and travelling means going far from home which is more than satisfying. I took a deep breath and proceed boarding my first solo flight, I was nothing but nervous. Ever since I was 11 months old, my mom was my main travel companion, now she was no longer with me to steer me in the right direction of which terminal is ours and where to pick up my bags, it was all on me to pay attention to the simple details that will define which country I land in.

After I stopped panicking,I took a quick glance around the airplane and memorized my surroundings. I quickly realized how paranoid and stupid I was acting and came to the quick conclusion that was; nothing is more relaxing than flying. What scenario sounds more appealing than sitting on your own for a few hours in complete silence, among millions of white, fluffy clouds. To top it off, you are embarking on a new adventure, or travelling home to tell the tales that in some way changed your life or at least your perception on it. I learned after my first solo flight, no other feeling is comparable or as exhilarating as free falling through the sky to a new destination.

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This entry was posted on February 27, 2015 by in assumptions, california, flying, San Francisco, solo, Thoughts, travel and tagged , , , , .

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sarahcarnevale

sarahcarnevale

A girl with restless feet who you will always find smiling, laughing or falling in love with something. A girl who is determined to see all parts of the world and always planning the next big adventure. Strong passion for writing and a mind always set in a dream world.

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I am a strong believer in karma, luck and timing but I also believe you are entirely responsible for how your life turns out. For the last 7 years I have been anxiously waiting to move abroad and start a whole new chapter in my life. A new home address, a new job, new relationships, a new city and new travels to look forward to. Now that graduation is quickly approaching I can’t wait for it all to unravel and become reality. I am entirely responsible for how I want my life to turn out and where I want it to go. So are you✨ #travelitaly #solofemaletravel #backpackerstory #roamtheplanet #femaletravel #procida #lovethisglobe #pinktrotters #mytinyatlas #letsgoeverywhere #sheisnotlost
It’s all messy. The bed, the hair, the words, the clothes, the heart and this life. 🌴 #mexico #cancun #islamujeres
Explain to someone how much you love them that they love you three times as much afterwards. Express to someone why you are angry and explain it so well that they themselves are angry about whatever it is with you. Tell someone how much you miss them that they cry about it. Let people know how you feel when you feel it because I promise it will be worth it 💙 #bellletstalk #procida #italy #solofemaletravel #passionpassport #lovethisglobe #roamtheplanet #backpackerstory #girlslovetravel #ladiesgoneglobal #takemebackpacking #tinyatlasquarterly #wearetravelgirls
Do you ever find yourself telling someone a story that happened to you and once it’s over think “Wow, what is my life?” Because same. 🙈 In other news, can’t believe it’s been two years since I was sitting on this boat in the sunshine over in Vietnam🌿 #vietnam #travelvietnam #solofemaletravel #southeastasia #passionpassport #backpackerstory #mekongdelta #roamtheplanet #lovethisglobe #takemebackpacking #letsgoeverywhere
Your partner doesn’t define what you do!!! Over the last few months I have heard countless break up stories and they all seem to have two things in common: 1) One person is ready to settle down and the other isn’t. 2) They all end their break up story with “Now I can travel.” I have to ask, why can’t you travel when you are in a relationship? Why do you have to wait until something bad happens? Your partner doesn’t have to come with you when you travel, leave them at home and go by yourself or with your friends if that’s what you want. You can even travel WITH your partner when you are together. Experience what YOU want to experience when you want to experience it. I’ve traveled in relationships, out of relationships, on my own, taken trips just because I want and I don’t let anyone tell me I can’t go because it’s MY life and I do what I want, when I want. If your partner can’t accept that, then I think we have found the problem ✌🏻 #femaletravel #solofemaletravel #mexcio #cancun #roamtheplanet #passionpassport #sheisnotlost #backpackerstory #mytinyatlas #letsgoeverywhere
“Home is everywhere and nowhere” - Home is more than just four walls and a place to rest your head to sleep. Home could also be your favourite spot on the beach that gets the best sunlight all day long. Home could be a place where you walk through the door of your local bar and the bartender already has your drink prepared. Home could also just simply be the idea that your favourite city of all time is a just a flight away and knowing it’s not going anywhere. Home will always be there when you’re ready for it ✨ #Paros #Greece #passionpassport #solofemaletravel #tinyatlasquarterly #sheisnotlost #roamtheplanet #pinktrotters

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