Greetings from Milpitas, California. After an easy three-leg day, my I ended up at SJC. Since I’d had to wake up so early in Columbus, I felt like I needed a nap. I laid still with my eyes closed for about an hour, but I guess it wasn’t meant to be. I didn’t even get close to sleep. 

After working online for a while, I decided it was time to go find some dinner. I set out to a restaurant called Sushi King, but then I noticed that it only got 2 1/2 stars on Yelp. Instead, I went next door to In-N-Out Burger. At the very least I knew exactly what I’d get for my dinner. 

After dinner, I walked back to the other side of the freeway and had to grab some dessert at my favorite place in Milpitas: 85°C Bakery Cafe! I only recently discovered this bakery- the last time I was here. I’ve only tried the cake (naturally), but my crewmate who brought me there that first time said their pastries, bread, and soups were all amazing!

I brought a slice of Black Forest and a slice of Deluxe Strawberry back to my hotel room. Please understand that the only reason I brought back two different kinds was for scientific research. I’ve been told that everything at this bakery is amazing, and not wanting to take anyone’s word for it, I simply must do the research for myself.

It’s rainy today in Columbus, Ohio.

Hotel Room View: Rainy Columbus

After walking down to the North Market to find some dinner (picture the Redding Terminal Market in Philadelphia, only more minor), I got some ribs when I was here on my last work trip, and they were just ok. Also, I needed a chicken leg, because it looked so good! This time I chose a Polish kielbasa with sour kraut and spicy mustard.

My absolute favorite thing at the North Market: Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream! They have a few really cool flavors- try the lavender. Better yet, next time you’re there, grab a whole pint of Brown Butter Almond Brittle. You’re going to have to trust me on this!

Today I’m hanging out in the crashpad. I have two days off of work, but decided that wasn’t enough time to go home and get very much accomplished. That will happen sometime next week, after my next work trip. I will be filing my taxes (hoping for a big refund), visiting the D.M.V. (I hope the punishment for losing your driver license isn’t harsh in the state of Utah), packing bags for vacation, among other things.

The countdown to Scotland 7 has begun! Who and I kidding- I’ve been counting down since somewhere around September of last year. Here’s how you know you love a place and a people: I’ve already started to jot down ideas for Scotland 8, which won’t even happen until 2020. I was hoping to include some of my family members the next time, but people are busy with their own lives and goings on. I understand, though. I’ve learned that I can go on these trips by myself and enjoy every minute… most of the time, that’s actually my preference.

My originally plan after Scotland 7 was to head down and see Greece for the first time (number 45 on the bucket list). I don’t think this is going to happen, however. I just have had too many bills and expenses lately, and have had to focus on that. Perhaps it can happen later in the year, but we’ll see. This makes me sad, because my dear friend Dawn (a.k.a. MommaDawn) said she was interested in that portion of the journey. It would be amazing if she’d actually take a vacation- one where you turn off your phone for at least a week.