Okay, I know this post is woefully late in coming, but that’s part of the rub about travelling. Once you get back home, you’re bombarded by real life again. And for me, that means family obligations, work backlogs and writing deadlines. Unfortunately, the paying gigs take precedence, so SGCC often has to take the back burner. Hence, the lateness of this post. I’m not complaining, though. I’m very grateful for the paying gigs. I still have to pinch myself sometimes to believe that I work as a professional writer. How fortunate I am to have the opportunity to get paid for something that I love to do!
So, I’m actually beginning to get pretty good at this travelling by myself thing. Last May, I ventured out alone for the inaugural International Food Blogger Conference in Seattle. I shared with you then how anxious and yet, exhilarated I was to be “putting on my big girl pants” and taking my first solo trip. Bolstered by the wonderful experience, I trekked cross country again a few months later for BlogHer Food in San Francisco. Again, a wonderful and exciting experience! So, when the time came to register for IFBC 2010, it was a no brainer. I was an old pro. I signed up without giving it a second thought. And of course, I am so very glad that I did.
I arrived in Seattle a few days early so that I would be sure to have lots of time to explore the city, especially Pike Place Market. The market was the highlight of my trip last year, and I couldn’t wait to go back! I checked into my delightful little jewel box of a room at the Hotel Monaco and planned my attack.