This Thanksgiving Holiday, I decided to visit one of my favorite bloggers, Sally from Unbrave Girl.
Since she moved to Kalamazoo, Michigan a few years ago I thought it would be nice to visit since it’s only about a two-hour train ride from Chicago. That was the plan. However, something always came in our way. When I planned to visit a couple of years ago, I developed a nasty cough that just wouldn’t go away so I had to cancel. Then I moved to Australia. Meanwhile, Sally adopted a cat somewhere along the way. This did not work in my favor because I’m kind of afraid of cats. Sally first discovered this irrational fear of mine when she saw me freaking out in the NYC hostel we were both staying in when we first met and a cat walked into the common area room.
Yeah, I totally lost a bunch of cool points in that moment.
However, despite my irrational fear of cats, it was time to book my train ticket to Kalamazoo and face George, Sally’s cat.
(BTW – I’m a lot more afraid of dogs. So if Sally had a dog, there’s a chance that I would not be writing this blog post right now. Yes, I do realize that this means visiting Thailand is going to be really hard.)
I mentally prepared myself for Sally’s cat. All of the pictures she’s constantly posting on social media helped me know what her cat looks like. And Sally had very comforting words for me – saying things like, “I wouldn’t worry about the cat. She’ll probably spend the entire time hiding underneath the bed.”
This was complete bullshit as the cat was completely intrigued by me the moment I walked in. She’d walk up to me and sit next to me and stare at me like, “Hey, let’s be friends”.
Overall, the cat was harmless and she actually grew on me towards the end of my trip. She was kind of cute actually. And she even let me play rubber band fetch
with her where I’d throw a thick rubber band across the room and she’s run after it. If that doesn’t say friendship, then I don’t know what does.
Anyway, I did more than deal with my irrational fear of cats in Kalamazoo this weekend. I’ve been to other parts of Michigan but never to Kalamazoo. It honestly never crossed my mind before Sally moved there.
As I arrived on Thanksgiving evening, I was greeted by Sally’s cat AND spinach artichoke dip.
To my surprise, there was no meatless Thanksgiving meal waiting for me. I just assumed there would be since Sally kept asking questions about my eating habits (what I like and don’t like) prior to my arrival. However, I don’t really celebrate Thanksgiving, so it wasn’t a big deal. We ended up going to a cinema where they serve food and drinks.
The next day we took a mini road trip to Grand Rapids to visit the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park. Inside they had Christmas trees themed by country, which was pretty cool.
The outside had some pretty cool attractions and sculptures.
The rest of the Holiday weekend was filled with more cheesy Christmas-y stuff, brunch and drinks.
My impression of Kalamazoo was what I predicted it to be: small town feel. I’m glad I finally got to visit the town and see Sally and kind of get over my fear of cats (thanks, Sally, for giving me your bedroom so I would be able to actually sleep even though I felt like a complete jerk about kicking you out of your room the entire time).