By: Aybuke Saldir, Work and Travel Summer 2014 Ambassador Scholar

Aybuke Saldir is a Work and Travel participant from Turkey, working at Coborn’s Cash Wise in Williston, ND. In her second blog post, she shares how she has fun in Williston, North Dakota.

It’s hard to believe it’s been 2 months since I came to United States. Let me tell you something about that: Even if working is great and fun, day offs are always a blessing after a long week.

Williston is a growing town. But it’s still hard to find something to do sometimes. This is why last week I asked a favor from my manager and got my two days off back to back. I visited Billings, Montana. You might think why Montana? The answer is easy. No sales tax over there. Perfect opportunity to spend money, I’ve been working hard to save.

I went to there with my 3 friends; One from here, two from my home country. We started our trip on Saturday morning. We flew over there with a smallest plane I’ve ever used. It was super cute and I and my friends filled half of the plane.

After an hour and half, we arrived to Billings. First we rented a car and started shopping right away, since we had to wait for our rooms. First day we just did shopping. At night there was a fair. Unfortunately there were no parking spaces; we had to go to our hotel. After all that shopping and laughing, I don’t think anyone was sad about this.

On our second and last day, we started our day with a great breakfast at Golden Corral. We weren’t in a hurry and took our sweet time in there. They have a big breakfast buffet and everything is delicious.

After a lazy start, we went to the zoo. It was nice to remember that we can still be children. The good thing about the zoo in Montana is that some animals can walk around freely. Another great thing is workers over there are volunteers. They are there for the animals, not for the money. I think that’s a beautiful thing.

Unfortunately, since all of us had to work the next day, we had to return Williston early. Even if it was only two days, it was nice to be out of town. Especially being with my friends and acting goofy without responsibility was wonderful. This little trip made me excited about my travel part of this program. I can’t wait to see more of United States.