A Cancelled Flight & An Impromptu Staycation
Travel-ish Date | February 10th, 2017
I get super giddy before a trip, because I've usually spent the past weeks researching cool restaurants, touristy things, and (hopefully) unique experiences. And when I'm a few days out from vacation, I'm all bubbly with excitement just waiting to explore. So this weekend the plan was to tour Boston, MA Friday through Monday. Yet when my alarm went off Thursday morning to check-in for my flight, huge red letters popped up informing me that my arrival flights were cancelled. I'm sure most people have experienced that annoyance connected with flight delays, but a cancelled flight is different. Because at least with a delay I'm still assured that I'll get to wherever I'm going eventually. Though when there's no flight to eventually catch, it changes the perspective. My brain starts with, well what do I do now? or, I wonder if I can get my money back...
Instead of moping about a New England Friday that could have been, I made a quick call to Southwest customer service and booked a different flight to Boston Saturday morning. A missed dinner reservation and night in the Airbnb wouldn't hurt me. I decided to keep to my schedule and drive to Dallas Thursday, and still take Friday off. Because here's the thing, I often catch myself daydreaming about playing hooky and acting as a tourist in my own city. Granted, Dallas isn't my home town, but most of my favorite people grew up there, so I've spent a fair bit of time in the DFW area.
In short, this cancelled flight gave me an opportunity to follow through on a whim, something I almost never get to do. Here is my very quick trip in Dallas, Texas.
Kalachandji's is a hidden gem of Dallas, truly. It's been serving a rotating vegetarian buffet for over 30 years. It's reasonably priced at about $11 per person, that includes an all you can eat buffet and choice of dessert. Also, if you're feeling religiously curious, I would argue that it's a Hari Krishna temple before restaurant, and those working there are more than happy to share their religious beliefs.
What I Ate: Chickpea Yellow Curry, Bok Choy Stir Fry, Basmati Rice, Vanilla Sweet Rice
What I Drank: Tamarind Tea
I'm not going to lie, but I felt very "Dallas" when going to the Sixth Floor Museum. It walks visitors through President John F. Kennedy's assassination. However, I think it does a remarkable job of getting people to care about this person before they divulge details of the investigation. Before the shooting is mentioned, JFK's presidential accomplishments, along with his family life are detailed to give a very nice image of the playboy president. Then they discuss the dirty details of Lee Harvey Oswald, the book store, as well as the conspiracy theories around his death. It's a quick museum, but definitely engaging for those who are interested in American history and investigative journalism.
I'd always seen this park when driving through downtown Dallas, however I'd never given it more than a thought. Yet the weather was unseasonably warm, in the 70s during February, so I didn't want to waste any of the sunshine. This park is absolutely lovely. It's only 1 mile around, but it's well designed boasting water fountains in which you can play, a walking path, and a restaurant overlooking grassy areas. It's a small oasis in the middle of a city.
To wind down the day, I made my way over to Deep Ellum and had a beer (or two) at the Cold Beer Company (CBC). The timing was perfect, the sun was just setting, and I found table that straddled between being inside and outside. I spent the last bits of sunlight drinking beer and reflecting on making the best out of a missed flight.
What I drank: lakewood Temptress Nitro & Four Corner Local Buzz
I think the important thing to remember is traveling of any kind is driven by a mindset. Personally, I like to test my limits, and push myself out of my comfort zone. So even though I had a cancelled flight, lost a little money, and had to move reservations and bookings around, it didn't really matter. In the end, it was an opportunity to see a city I know well in a new, and enlivened sort of way.