Tacoma has been really sunny and it finally feels like spring. In this season where there have been a few breaks (Spring and Easter break) and the end of the school year is coming up, I'd like to write about traveling on a low budget. You might think that it's impossible for you to travel while you're studying at PLU, since buying a plane ticket would be too expensive and you might not have a car. However, since the Pacific Northwest is so diverse and unique, why not go to places that are close to PLU?
Over Spring Break, I took the train to Salem, Oregon to get away from Tacoma for a few days and spend some time at a friend's house. The perks of taking the train are: it's cheap and relaxing. I was able to get the train ticket for only $40 to go to Salem, and all I needed to do on the train was sit back and enjoy the ride. The scenery is absolutely stunning. While the train goes through urban and suburban areas, you also get a chance to see a lot of nature along the way. Even though I was planning to study during the five hour train ride, I instead ended up staring out of the window for a few hours and enjoying the view. During the few times that I have traveled by train, I have gotten to talk to some interesting people as well. There are a lot of friendly and interesting people who travel by train, so if you ever get the chance, I'd encourage you to talk to people!
The Amtrak trains go to areas in Washington, Oregon, California, and even Vancouver BC. If you are interested in knowing more about traveling by train, I'd be able to help you out and give you some advice. Happy traveling!