The Beauty of Traveling for Work!

Wow it has been a while since I typed my words on this thing. I'd like to start this blog post by apologizing for lacking my time on here. I am not really a numbers driven person so I don't care how many people read this since I am only focused on reflecting on my own thoughts and my own life here. Just like a diary!

I have been around quite sometime both for work and for photography. From New York Fashion Week to a nice 2 week trip around Seattle, San Francisco, Chicago and Minneapolis for work. On this post, as can be understood from the title, that is what I will write about; my work trip. 

For those who do not know about what I do for a living, I work in Graduate Admissions at Bentley University as a Senior Assistant Director. I am primarily in charge of our 2-year Full Time Emerging Leaders MBA Program which is also the program I have earned my degree from in 2013. Nowadays, I am focusing on various domestic trips to recruit students for the institution and actually find people that can be fit for this program. From the 4 cities I've had the chance of visiting it was my first time ever to see Seattle, Chicago, and Minneapolis whereas I have countless visits to the good old San Fran.

Seattle to me was a lot more like a good mix of Boston and San Francisco in which all three major cities have major coffee lords' headquarters there: Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts, and Peets. On top of that, Seattle also has their own Duck Tour aaaaand their own Beacon Hill. I once walked into a bar and they kept on saying "Cheers!" as if they are Cheers! (nobody knew my name there) Overall, Seattle has a really nice, relaxed, and friendly vibe that I think I would never get tired of. On my first day, I an my coworker decided to pay a visit to the Space Needle and while we were waiting in the line to purchase our tickets (worth $22 per person) this one elderly lady approached us and asked us if we were looking for tickets. She gave us her CityPass booklet that had one ticket to Space Needle each and told us that she and her husband used the first one already and didn't need the second tickets. Such a nice help from a total stranger!!!! She has definitely made my Seattle experience better.

So from Seattle we moved to our next destination, San Francisco, the land of the bread bowl chowder and Peets Coffee LOL. Despite the steep hills and expensive aura of the city, San Francisco has a desirable vibe to spend a life there. Luckily, I was able to experience the hot days of the good old San Francisco upon this visit compared to the freezing cold and windy times over the course of an average summer. I was fortunate enough to pay a visit to one of my missed destinations from my previous visit, the Coit Tower. Didn't even have to wait to long in a line for the tower, I witnessed a gorgeous view of SF.

After the beautiful San Francisco, I fell into the arms of the Windy City, Chicago, which at the time of my visit was not even windy. One thing I learned from my trip to Chicago is actually about the Cloud Gate (aka the Bean). Before I was in Chicago I always thought that this amazing piece of art was legitimately called "The Bean" and always questioned why Boston was called "The Beantown" because Chicago has "The Bean". My whole life changed when I woke up at 5:00AM in the morning to walk over to what happens to be actually called "The Cloud Gate" by Anish Kapoor. It was only nicknamed "The Bean" because it looks like a bean...duh! In any case, I am really glad to have woken up at 5:00AM to avoid the influx of crazy tourist groups.  FYI: Boston is called "The Beantown" because back in colonial days, a favorite Boston food was baked beans!