Hey there! Welcome to The Coffee Shop Blog.
My name is Alissa, and I’m about to set out on the biggest adventure of my life so far. Let me tell you a little more about myself.
I’ve never travelled all that far from home. I was born and raised in Dayton, Ohio, which is hardly a small town but wasn’t all that thrilling a place to grow up in. I barely left Dayton at all for my whole childhood, except for a couple family trips to Florida to go to the theme parks, and my whole family has always lived in Ohio.
Growing up, I always felt a little different, like I didn’t quite fit into the mould that the other kids around me in Dayton seemed to fit into. As a kid I loved to read books for hours and play with my younger brother, Adam. In elementary school I struggled to connect with the other girls, and it wasn’t until high school that I really found my niche.
Having said that, I always had a super close relationship with my family and never felt unsupported at home. My mom and dad have been together since they were teenagers, and are still the cutest couple I know. My dad is an engineer and my mom is a stay at home mom, although now all her kids have pretty much flown the nest. I have two brothers; my older brother Ben who works in Cleveland as a teacher, and Adam, who’s still one of my best friends.
Although I really loved my family, when the time came to pick a college I was psyched to move on from Dayton. I knew I had to get out of this city and see some difference places, but even then I didn’t go all that far, just over to the east coast to Boston University in Massachusetts.
Despite only being a 2-hour flight from home, college was a big change for me, and an awesome experience in so many ways. Although I may have earned myself good grades in high school, I really wasn’t as smart as I thought I was; it was in college that I really learned. I realized that I love art, drama, literature, world history, and that I could even learn to speak another language if I set my mind to it.
I loved to act in high school; I was part of every school production and most of my friends were from the drama club, but it wasn’t until college that I really discovered my passion for performing.
I ended up majoring in theatre arts and focusing on drama and musical theatre throughout my time at college. I gained confidence that I never thought I’d have and made friends that I’m sure I’ll be close to for life.
It was with one of these friends that I cooked up my big travelling idea. Megan and I both loved the thought of getting away from the US and seeing the world, and what better time to do it then after graduation, before real life really kicks off? We knew it would be safer to travel as a pair rather than go it alone, so we started scheming to create the perfect itinerary.
We settled on Europe as the focus of our trip because it seemed a little more manageable (and affordable) than trying to see other areas of the world. So Europe was our goal; we spent the last 2 years of college dreaming together about the sights we’d see in London, the pizza we’d eat in Italy, the ruins we could climb up in Athens. We didn’t really believe it would happen, but in senior year our parents offered to help out with the costs as a graduation gift. Our grand plan went from fantasy to reality, and here we are!
I’m setting off next week, first to New York City to meet Megan, then we leave for our first and longest flight from NYC to London, and that’s where our adventure will really begin!
I named this blog The Coffee Shop because I plan on updating here and filling you in on my travels whenever I get a chance to sit in a coffee shop and grab some wi-fi. Hopefully that’ll be pretty frequently, although there may be areas where it’ll be tougher.
Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy my posts!