How I Traveled the World Without Leaving the Country

One of the benefits of working in a company with a work-life balance is that I didn’t have to go to work for four days straight.  I had four days to explore and be a total tourist in the current city that I live in!  

Okay, so I didn’t do much on Thanksgiving, except cook, but the other three days I did spend time exploring. So on Friday morning,  I took a trip to Artegon. 

Having heard so any great things about the place,  I decided it was time to see what the big deal was. As soon as inopened the doors of Artegon, my mouth dropped out of pure amazement. I couldn’t believe what I was looking at – colorful chairs stuck to the walls, an obstacle course in the middle of the marketplace and rows of unique stores. 

As I made my way around Artegon,  I kept discovering new things – coloring area for kids, a huge wall to write on, seats with petals and Christmas trees. 

That wasn’t the best part though,  the best part were all the stores. Each artisanal store had a theme,  whether it was a Peruvian shop or a Vintage shop, the stores seemed so authentic. It was overwhelming,  I felt as though my heart was going to explode from pure joy! 

As a traveler,  I often feel trapped being in one city for so long, but being in Artegon felt as though I was traveling around the world without having to leave the country.  Each one of the stores took me to a different country and time.  One store took me to Morroco, while another took me back to the 70s. So many of the stores felt so authentic that I didn’t feel like I was in Florida anymore! As I walked out of Artegon,  there was a row of food trucks outside. Each food truck offered cuisine from different parts of the world,  especially my favorite,  Peruvian food! I didn’t get to try any of the food trucks, but when I do,  you’ll probably see a post about it. 

Aside from Artegon,  I did some major shopping for Black Friday and decided to buy some shoes!  Although I love the great sales black Friday brings,  I find it funny we take the time to give thanks for what we already have on thanksgiving and once that’s over… Well we attack each other for good deals. I guess that’s why I do my shopping online, I wouldn’t want to get trampled. 

On my fourth day,  the hubby and I decided to go to the flea market again and there I found my latest camera – a Minolta! I know I could have found it online, but I don’t think I could have found it for the price I paid. Overall, I had a good four day vacation with lots of food, love, shopping and exploring! 

If you had the chance to celebrate Thanksgiving,  how did you spend it?