A visit to Veritá 

Coffee

Today I experienced Veritá Coffee Company for the first time and it did not disappoint. Relatively new and located on the west side of Wichita, the shop collabs with local businesses such as Beards Floral for succulent decor and serves pastries from Bagatelle Bakery.

The menu is simple, keeping it down to the classics with a few quirky twists including a root beer latte. They serve drinks using only whole Hildebrand milk, and while I am an avid lover of skim milk, I do appreciate the use of milk bottled within Kansas. I had a lovely 12oz latte which was complete with artwork. My mom and I shared a cinnamon roll while listening to the sound of vinyl records playing and watching the rain.

Anywhere with a barista who calls you by name multiple times throughout the first visit is somewhere worth trying. So if you find yourself on the west side, in need of somewhere to study or a new coffee shop to try check out Veritá.

located at 9414 W Central Ave, Wichita

latte • cinamon roll • cappuccino

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Daydreaming and Reminsicing

Travel, UK 2015

Two weeks ago I arrived back at the Wichita airport after the trip that I have been daydreaming about ever since. I think that I would have been ready to turn around and go back almost immediately. It’s crazy to me how things change-I remember how scared I was four years ago before a five day journalism trip to Minneapolis. High school freshman Emily would have been absolutely mortified going on a 19 day trip to a different continent. College freshman Emily, however, would do it again in a heartbeat.

Things I learned in the UK:

  • It is important to try new things
  • When asked if you want to go dry tobogganing down a mountain (and you have no idea what to expect) the answer is yes
  • There is no bad time for a latte
  • Gin and tonics are disgusting
  • Bailey’s Irish Cream is not *instert heart eye emoji here*
  • Sometimes when someone asks for a kiss on the cheek, they will turn and kiss you on the mouth at the last second: be prepared
  • If you ever get locked in a very small bathroom, don’t panic-eventually someone will hear you knocking and inform you that you’re not the only person who has gotten stuck (maybe they should look into that?)
  • Zara is a wonderful store
  • Eating fresh strawberries as you pick them from a field with a beautiful view of the Welsh countryside is a wonderful feeling
  • If you feel like spreading your arms and spinning around, do it-the feeling of freedom is 100% worth it

I want to thank everyone who supported me on my journey, at home and in the UK. A special thank you to Greg Reed for helping me make this trip a reality. To Terri Reed for supporting me from the very beginning. To my Grandma who commenting on every single one of my blog posts. To the Taylor family who took me in and made me feel like a part of their family. To everyone I met in the UK who also made me feel at home. To everyone who read my blog posts and supported me-hearing people say they read my posts means the world to me. Thank you.

As St. Augustine said “The world is a book and those do not travel read only one page.” I am filled with desire to explore the world. There are so many places I want to visit. I yearn to tell people’s stories, learn other cultures and eat at cafes and coffee shops all across the globe. I am wanderlust. And this was just the beginning.

  

The Characters

Travel, UK 2015

I viewed everyone I met as a character in my own story. Here are a few of the main people who helped make the story come to life:

•The Taylor family: Allanah’s wonderful family who I love as my own and who so kindly gave me the opportunity to join them on this trip. Anna-Lan’s mum who is one of the classiest yet funny people I have ever met. Who despises having pictures taken of her but is effortlessly beautiful and has impeccable fashion sense. Daryl-her dad who looks like he means business but is always cracking jokes and has witty comebacks. Pierce-her 14 year old brother who eats like a 14 year old boy and is annoyingly the size of my pinky finger. Also the one who paid Quinn to kiss me on the cheek and kicked me in the face with a soccer ball. Quinn-her curly haired 10 year old brother who loves soccer, is a lovely singer and has hilarious pickup lines. And then obviously there is the infamous Allanah, my best friend and sidekick. She is stylish, witty and one of those people who doesn’t realize how beautiful they are. I am so thankful to have her in my life.

•The Williams family: Jane-Allanah’s aunty (Anna’s sister) who is one of the most adorable people I have ever met. Nigel-Jane’s husband who loves ice cream and is very nice. Lucy-Lan’s gorgeous cousin who let us stay in her room and took us out a number of times. She is a lover of lipstick and is so funny and sweet. Leigton-Lucy’s brother who is kindhearted and always smiling (except when attacked by seagulls.)

•Paula & Royston: Allanah’s grandparents who remind me much of my own. They are kind, funny and love to chat. Paula makes a mean cup of coffee and is informative. Royston loves his garden. He also refers to me as “our Em” which is adorable and very Welsh.