With my internship finished, my father flew out to pick me up and we were back on the road headed on a favonian trip to California. The first day we drove 14 hours and went through Indiana, Illinois, Iowa and ended the night in Nebraska. Both Iowa and Nebraska were new states for me! As one of my friends commented to me that Iowa is a whole state of corn, I realized that at least from my passenger seat in the car, that is what Iowa was. Well that and super nice restrooms at a random truck stop. It may not have helped that the weather when we first entered Iowa was beautiful but later was quite stormy! Thankfully we wrapped up that days travels in a quiet city of Lincoln, Nebraska. The city was quaint and filled with lots of green plots of land. We were quite famished from so much driving that we walked down the road to a wonderful italian restaurant that had whole wheat pasta I could enjoy without messing up my body! As we walked back and the sun had nearly set I began to realize just how grateful I am for this summer to have really traveled the US and it really opened my eyes to some more real beauty within this large nation I call home. America!
Welcome to the middle of nowhere, or so I thought for six months leading up to the big day. After road tripping all the way across the country from sunny California, I was nervous, anxious and slightly scared about what I signed up for. However when we drove into the good ole Ohio, I found myself excited and curious about what made up the life and culture of the Midwest and more specifically Columbus. Well after living in Ohio for nearly 4 months I have to say I would not mind moving back. The people seem sweet, caring, genuine and mostly left a mark of being absurdly nice (not a bad trait at all!!). People seem to go out of their way for you and really do want to hear your life story when they ask how you are doing. People slow down to make sure that others know how important you are to them. They value your effort, attitude and time. I hope that as I move back to California, that I can take and implement these wonderful characteristics better.
I had a bucket list of what to do while in Ohio and I barely even scratched the surface as even the last week I was still discovering new hot spots and places to adventure. Here is the list of big places I spent some time at this summer. It may seem like a small list of less than 20 but I would give it to anyone who is going to Columbus for just a few days, maybe even just a few hours. I also included the few restaurants that I checked out and ranked those in order of taste, uniqueness and atmosphere.
To make things easy for those who want to check out these sites, I even included some links and photos. Please enjoy and if you’re in need of inspiration of where to travel to next, Columbus might be one you’ll put at the top of your list!
- Chief Leatherlips Monument, Dublin http://www.roadsideamerica.com/story/9791
- Hocking Hills (great canoeing!!)
- Field of Corn, Dublin http://www.roadsideamerica.com/story/9527
- Easton Town Center
- Columbus Zoo
- Arena District
- Short North
- German village
- Goodale park
- Columbus Metropolitan Airport
- KingMakers http://kingmakerscolumbus.com/
- Homestead park, Hillard
- Indian Falls, Dublin
- Hayden Falls, Dublin
- Columbus Crew Game
- Columbus Clippers Game
- Franklin Park, Botanical Garden & Observatory
- Graeters (the one in Dublin off Bethel Rd has a factory tour) http://www.experiencecolumbus.com/tour-detail?id=118
- Rusty Bucket
- Jeni’s (the one in Short North has cool street art on the side of the building!)
- Portia’s Café, Clintonville
- Katzinger’s Deli, German Village
- North Star
- Brazenheads, Dublin
- Juergen’s Bakery, German Village
- Elevator, Downtown
- White Castle
- Firehouse Subs
Back in December when I went to Israel I found a necklace that says Love written in hebrew inspired by the very same larger scaled statue in Jerusalem. Dispite wearing this piece of jewelry nearly every day since, I had not actually seen the statue. While road tripping from California to Ohio, we stopped overnight in Indianapolis. I knew that there would be a giant LOVE statue in front of the museum of Art. So naturally early the next morning we drove by and stopped long enough for me to finally find LOVE!
Funny story is that in July when I went to Philadelphia I find an even more famous LOVE statue in the middle of a large park. I guess the bottom line is you find love when you least expect it! Happy Monday!
August 9th, 2014 marked the 4th remembrance of the day my life changed, the day of the accident that took away loved ones and the day I started college. It has been quite a long and bumpy ride to get to where I stand now. Here is my journal entry, “Thankful for life, especially these past four years. It’s crazy, weird and surreal to reminsce on events of four years ago. It seems too long ago and yet sometimes it feels like it just happened yesterday. I am so thankful for my health, even if its not perfect and I am still struggling. I am grateful to be interning for an automotive research and development company to help reduce driver distractions and to be a part of teams to help make interface systems more user friendly. Thank G-d for this opportunity to live somewhere new and for blessing me with amazing friends! Thankful for all those who have cared for me and who do care for me and who go out of the way for me. G-d, I feel so grateful to be in Canada and to have seen more of your creation and for my friend to surprise me by bringing me by the falls all lit up in multi-color. I am so thankful to be alive! To have sung and danced in the car ride almost all the way here and for so much laughter and story teling. I feel to so thankful to feel and truly feel alive! To be alive and to have the opportunities which G-d has blessed me with. I am thankful for all those who were in the accidents continued healing and health and for the fact that we have each other to help one another during tough times. I am thankful for the ways G-d continues to lead me forward and so grateful for my parents, family and friends and all who have supported, helped and advocated for me along the way. I feel thankful for the smart doctors that continue to teach me about my injuries, my body and how to keep improving my health. Although I am still dealing with fatigue, healing of my brain, my whole body, mind, soul and spirit, I feel it is connecting me to G-d and that it allows me to meet people and share stories that I hope bring light unto others.
It’s hard to remember that although today is a day to celebrate life it is also a day to remember when lives seemed to be taken too soon. I pray that those who died that day rest in peace, help G-d up in heaven and for their legacies to continue to live on as I know each of them left behind many who remember them.
Thank you G-d for everything and for the rollercoaster I call life!”