Postcards from Salt Lake City

Plane over Salt Lake City

I’ve been out here in Salt Lake City since Wednesday and I am having the best time.

I was a little nervous about travelling alone, having never left the country on my own. What I found out is that it’s loads of fun to make a trip alone because you have no choice but to meet people. From conversations struck up in the airport to staying in an Airbnb; I’ve spent this week open to new connections.

Salt Lake City is beautiful, surrounded by mountains which peek down each street you can’t help but feel in awe.

Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City

As I was attending Alt Summit (more about this later) I didn’t have much time to explore the city. I was determined not to miss it completely and took a an early morning trip to Temple Square to see the incredible 19th century Mormon Temple and meeting house.

I had hoped for a pretty sunrise but happily made do with the cool overcast morning light. The temple forces your eye up to the heavens and the golden angel proclaiming the resurrection.

As a space considered sacred by The Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints it’s not open for public tours. If you want to go inside you’ll need to get a recommendation from a church member. I was happy to walk through Temple Square and admire the architecture.

Salt Lake City Temple

Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City

I walked and took the Trax (tram) around the city as well as using Uber for rides in the evenings. The city is on a grid system which messed with my head a bit, it’s like my conditioning to winding and irregular road navigation is hard wired.

I’m not sure if my experience is unique but I found the welcome from everyone I met to be warm and genuine. My Airbnb hosts were so friendly, they even gave me a couple of lifts and picked me up at the airport. It was like coming to stay with old friends and I stayed up way too late chatting last night.

Salt Lake City

I will share more about the people I met out here when I’m back in the UK because I have a lot more to say.

Today I’m headed to San Diego to visit family before coming home on Sunday. I’m looking forward to great Mexican food, my first trip to Target, getting my camera out a bit more and to wrapping myself up in family hugs for a day.

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6 Comments

  • Reply Nicky jones January 24, 2015 at 5:36 pm

    Sounds fabulous. And your first trip to Target? Oh my! I was brought up in the states and it’s my favourite. I can’t explain it – literally everything you’ll ever need there! Enjoy and safe travels x

  • Reply Carie January 24, 2015 at 7:36 pm

    It sounds wonderful – and I’m definitely looking forward to hearing all about Alt Summit when you get back!
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  • Reply Jennifer January 24, 2015 at 7:49 pm

    Looks and sounds like you are have a super time. I’m so happy for you and like Carie above, look forward to hearing more, especially about eh Alt Summit. Continued safe and happy travels! I can’t wait to hear your take on Target! Sadly they are leaving Canada so it’ll once again become a treat for me when I go next. Enjoy!

  • Reply Kelly January 25, 2015 at 8:26 am

    My whole life I have wanted to travel in America so I am very jealous indeed. I am also very proud of you indeed. Enjoy your last moments there, and I cannot wait to hear your take on everything when you are home x
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  • Reply Lori January 25, 2015 at 11:56 am

    After my first solo trip abroad I kinda love it! This looks like an amazing first solo trip to do and Salt LakeCity looks amazing! Can’t wait to read about Alt Summer x
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  • Reply Elisa January 25, 2015 at 2:15 pm

    So happy to hear you had such a wonderful time! I have never been to SLC but having live in the NYC Metro area and in LA, I can absolutely relate to the grid messing with your head. As Europeans, I think we are hard-wired to explore the nooks and winding little alleys :-)

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