Hey there folks! I'm Hayley, and this site is here to help you travel and eat more adventurously. Here at Escape from the Bay I encourage you to venture out of your comfort zone and into the wilds beyond, or maybe just that local park up in the hills. Or maybe on the prairie if you live in one of those terrible flat places. I'm an agoraphobe; flat places terrify me.
I'm the lady with the pink hair and the handsome gent next to me is my partner in adventure, Al. He doesn't read this website, so I can post pictures of him and he'll never know.
I started this site as a way to share my adventures and what I eat when I'm traveling, or even sometimes hanging out at home in Southern California. And that's about as much as I can take talking about myself in such a manner, so I'm going to resort to those mid-to-late '90s internet quizzes.
1, What's your favorite place so far? Iceland. Iceland made me cry with its majestic beauty more than once. I hiked on a glacier, there were adorable tiny horsies and all the waterfalls. I like places with waterfalls.
2. What place is top on your bucket list? The Republic of Georgia. There are mountains. Have you seen the mountains? They're like huge and covered with snow. I want to hug them.
3. What can't you travel without? My camera. I consider myself first and foremost, a photographer, not a writer (as you can probably surmise from the quality of my writing).
4. What is the most interesting item of food you've tasted on your travels? Reindeer in Stockholm. I wasn't expecting it to be so tender and delicious.
5. What food do you miss the most when traveling? Breakfast burritos. Breakfast burritos are the apex of breakfast. I could write a Pablo Neruda style ode to the breakfast burrito...hmm...there's an idea that will get me no blog traffic.
6. Do you prefer to walk, take public transportation, or use private transportation? I love to walk. It's a great way to explore a new destination and it's refreshing after a long plane ride. I've seen some of my favorite sights while walking aimlessly around the city.
7. What is your favorite city? This is a toss-up between Seattle and Reykjavik. Reykjavik is accessible with interesting street art and the surrounding countryside is stunning, but the food is terrible and expensive. Seattle is chill, has great food, an interesting art and music scene, and many of my friends escaped from the bay and moved there. Like how I worked in the title of the blog?
8. What is your favorite meal of your travels so far? It is too hard to choose. A few that come to mind are dumplings in Saigon, the pork and venison sausage in Croatia, the truffle gnocchi in Croatia, and the cinnamon roll in Reykjavik.
9. What was the scariest moment of your travels? When I got bit by a tick in Croatia. I'm a horrible hypochondriac and was convinced I would contract bacterial meningitis. I'm just fine.
10. If you could relive five minutes of a trip, what would it be? Seeing the northern lights in Iceland. It's the only time I've ever seen them and they were so eerily beautiful.