Just like the creations I build out of LEGO bricks or the stories I create on the page, I am constantly working on building a life and figuring out how to adult. I'm Just 1 Person Blog: http://imjust1person.com
Welcoming in the Year of the Tiger (Travel from Home #20)
Last year, I meant to fake travel to China in honor of the Lunar new year, but I completely forgot that plan and fake travelled to India instead. This year, I was determined not to forget—and I didn't! I missed out on my library system's dragon dance performance this year, due to room/space limits, but I hope to see it next year in person when it's safer to do so.
Heading South of the Border (Travel from Home #19)
In January, I headed south of the border for my fake travel trip—not to the South Carolina attraction, but to my own fake Mexico experience at home. I had a nice, enjoyable trip to start the calendar year off right.
Tastes of South Korea at Home (Travel from Home #18)
I ventured into H-Mart for the first time ever. A new H-Mart store opened near me about a year ago, but I had never gone in. Choosing South Korea as my destination for December gave me the perfect excuse to force myself to explore it. There was definitely a lot of food with which I wasn’t familiar, but I think I made some decent choices in the end. And I’m proud to get out of my comfort zone and try some new things. With my dietary restrictions and introvert tendencies, that’s not always easy for me (especially during a pandemic). I was astounded by the variety of food available in H-Mart and look forward to going back at some point to sample all the different Oreo and Kit-Kat flavors not available in regular, US grocery stores!
A Spartan for Life (Travel from Home #17)
I’m not sure why Greece didn’t make my first list of potential counties to which to travel. My high school mascot was a Spartan, so Greece deserved to be more than an afterthought. Luckily, it came up in a discussion I had with a friend, and she thrust a book from Greece upon me to read. So I decided to make it my travel from home destination for November 2021.
Food Coma in Peru (Travel from Home #16)
I’m a little late in blogging about my October Travel from Home trip, but I fake traveled to the country of Peru. The hardest part of it for me was the food. There’s a Peruvian restaurant within walking distance from my house, and there are another dozen or so close to where I live and work. However, almost none of them had any vegetarian options at all. I knew Peruvian chicken was popular, I just didn’t realize it was so popular that restaurants offer almost nothing else!
A Journey to Kenya (Travel from Home #15)
In September, I participated in the Slapshot Readathon and got the idea to read the new book Hockey Night in Kenya. So I decided I would fake travel to Kenya for my monthly trip. Finding a restaurant with specifically Kenyan food necessitated driving about an hour and a half to another state, so it was more of a real journey than I’m used to. It took a little planning, but I had a good time with it.
Strong Emotions in Vietnam (Travel from Home #14)
Once again, a book dictated the country I chose to fake travel to. In August, I traveled from home to Vietnam in August 2021. I had another tough time acquiring the food. While I could probably have gone to H Mart, I don't trust my ability to cook tofu and make it taste decent. I selected a nearby Vietnamese restaurant that had some great choices I could eat and set aside some time to go only to find it had closed. So I sat in the parking lot with my phone, searching for another restaurant. The next closest had almost no vegetarian choices, but I finally located one about twenty minutes away that had lots of vegetarian options as well as desserts.
Not Quite Carnival! (Travel from Home #13)
I was deciding between fake traveling to Peru or to Brazil in July. The deciding factor ended up being a book set in Brazil that I desperately wanted to read. So I spread my travel from home trip to Brazil over two days (though it took me until early August to finish the book).
Canada, Eh? (Travel from Home #12)
This month, my travel from home trip was to the great white north: Canada. A friend sent me a Canada photography book for my birthday for my fake travels, which I actually read a week or so earlier than the rest of the trip. It’s been many years since I last visited Canada, but the book brought my previous trips to mind. I look forward to another visit to Canada some day when the borders are back open and it’s safe for all. It took me a long time and lots of research to figure out what to enjoy for my fake trip, but I’m happy with the choices I ultimately made.
Coming Out as Single
I’m just 1 person who does a lot of coming out. In today’s society, it isn’t just those in the LGBTQ+ community who find themselves in the position of deciding whether to come out or not. When we meet new people, those people make certain assumptions about us partly based on context and partly based on society’s norms and expectations.
Why Are There So Many Different Pride Flags?
I’m just 1 person who loves how many different pride flags exist. Most everyone is familiar with the rainbow pride flag, which serves as a central symbol for the LGBTQ+ community. But there are dozens more representing different genders, sexualities, and subcommunities. There have also been a number of different versions of the rainbow flag over the years. Why are there so many? The short answer is: because we want everyone to feel seen and represented. But there’s more to it than that. Every flag the LGBTQ+ community uses has meaning.
3 Free Documentaries to Watch for Pride Month
I’m just 1 person who doesn’t usually watch a lot of documentaries. Unlike my sister, I prefer fiction to nonfiction when it comes to movies, shows, and books. But I recently watched some short, quality LGBTQ+ documentaries I wanted to recommend you check out during Pride month. The best part is that all three of these are amazing. But the second best thing is that they are all free and available on YouTube. Watch and share them with others!