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.
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.
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.
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.