Holiday Weekend In Kalamazoo, Michigan

12308134_10153387393056633_6839689014510186094_oThis 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”.

Hey, let's be friends!

Hey, let’s be friends!

You can't read the new Mindy Kaling book because I'm sitting on it at the moment.

You can’t read the new Mindy Kaling book because I’m sitting on it at the moment.

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.

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And home made drinks.

And home made drinks.

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.

A cinema that serves food AND drinks? It’s like all of my dreams are finally coming true.

A cinema that serves food AND drinks? It’s like all of my dreams are finally coming true.

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 Australia Christmas tree.

The Australia Christmas tree.

And standing next to The Australia Christmas tree.

And standing next to The Australia Christmas tree.

The Ireland Christmas tree.

The Ireland Christmas tree.

The Mexican Christmas

The Mexican Christmas

The Poland Christmas tree.

The Poland Christmas tree.

The German Christmas tree.

The German Christmas tree.

The Canadian Christmas tree.

The Canadian Christmas tree.

The outside had some pretty cool attractions and sculptures.

This sculpture is called the "Iron Tree"

This sculpture is called the “Iron Tree”

Sally and I standing underneath a giant horse sculpture.

Sally and I standing underneath a giant horse sculpture.

Selfie with pretty scenery. As you do.

Selfie with pretty scenery.

This sculpture is called the "Neuron".

This sculpture is called the “Neuron”.

And then there was this.

And then there was this.

Because what would life be if we couldn't take selfies in front of giant horse sculptures?

Because what would life be if we couldn’t take selfies in front of giant horse sculptures?

And there was this.

And there was this.

This kind of looks like a scene from Smallville ...don't you think?

This kind of looks like a scene from Smallville …don’t you think?

The rest of the Holiday weekend was filled with more cheesy Christmas-y stuff, brunch and drinks.

12310082_10153386347451633_4740309516177321036_o 12309979_10153386350371633_369901201946240587_o 12309490_10153386195996633_3029900244227104756_o 12273689_10153387276346633_1673860460288297890_oWe did make a trip down to South Haven to see a lighthouse, but it turns out you can’t really see lighthouses in the dark. So that was that.

Trying to take a selfie w/ Unbrave Girl in the dark by a lighthouse was a challenge.

Trying to take a selfie w/ Unbrave Girl in the dark by a lighthouse was a challenge.

There's a lighthouse somewhere down there.

There’s a lighthouse somewhere down there.

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).

Now it’s your turn! What did you do for the Holiday weekend? Did you go out of town, have crazy family fights or just eat all of the things? Tell me!

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  1. Sounds as though it was a fun time with Sally and George. So glad that you got to go!
    Love your photographs especially the Christmassy ones.

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