As I mentioned in my post Follow Friday: Travel Blogs, I visited Pittsburgh this last weekend. I was so excited and it didn’t disappoint. Pittsburgh was gorgeous and I couldn’t be more happy that my boyfriend let me tag along while he competed at the convention center.
Although we were only there for less than two days, I learned a lot. While my boyfriend played at the convention center, I went by myself and shopped around downtown Pittsburgh. I don’t like to be by myself often, and to tell you the truth, I was terrified of going off by myself. I’m not a very observant person and being alone in big crowds or new places causes my anxiety to flare.
I clung to my boyfriend a little bit before I braved out into the new world alone. I was worried that there would be thugs on the streets just waiting to steal a poor girl’s wallet. I even put my credit cards, cash, driver’s license, and my ID into a pocket in my purse just in case someone did end up taking my wallet they would’t get anything important. While I was doing this, my boyfriend was looking at me funny, but better safe than sorry, right?
I stayed with my boyfriend for as long as I could without seeming like I was avoiding the city. I told myself, and him, that I would leave after his first match, so when he finally finished I gave him a peck and went on my way. And I’m so glad that I did. I had made out this gorgeous place to be something from a horror story, and I would not have known better if I didn’t step out that front door (so to speak).
I learned a lot from running around on my own. It was very hot and I was only gone for about an hour but I walked several blocks away. One of my regrets is that I didn’t go farther and explore more. In the future, I will definitely go out to adventure more. I wish I could have seen more of Pittsburgh and know that I can use this knowledge in the future as I travel to new places.
One of the things that I learned is to BRING TENNIS SHOES. Oh my gosh, I thought I would be okay with walking around in my sandals and I was so wrong. My poor feet had painful blisters for days, and when my boyfriend and I walked around for about two hours that night I hated that I had to endure that. I wish I could have focused more on having fun and experiencing the city.
During the above walk with my boyfriend, I also learned something. It was very hot in Pittsburgh and one thing about me is that I do not like to be hot. I never have been able to handle the heat. When we were having dinner at a burger joint (I had a peanut butter and jelly burger, which is surprisingly good), I learned that our plans that night had fallen through and I was super disappointed. I ended up snapping at my boyfriend and saying something extremely hurtful. I was so disappointed in myself. My boyfriend, while upset, was still really nice to me about it. In the future, I will have to recognize when I am incapable of handling my feelings of anger so I don’t lash out at people.
I had a great time in Pittsburgh, and I would love to go back one day. I have included the rest of my pictures below so that you can enjoy them as much as I did!