December 29, 2010

When I signed onto WordPress just a minute ago, it was suggested that I read a blog entitled “Hart’s Traveling All Over the Word”.  In Hart’s post from today, he lists this quote by Anthony Bourdain. I’m not quite sure what my opinion on it is.. To view the entire blog post, visit here.

…travel can become a compulsion. It keeps us away from friends and loved ones – even when we’re back. When I’m away, I often yearn for home. When I’m home, I’m listless. I seem no longer to fit. History and literature are filled with characters who see Asia, or Venice, and can never go back to the way they were.  –Anthony Bourdain


Golden Gate and beyond..

December 26, 2010

December 23, 2010

I’ve been in San Francisco the whole week so far and a few days ago we rented a car and drove North of the Golden Gate.  After scrolling down and viewing my pictures from the day, I think it should be evident why this is my favorite part of the country.

After driving over the Golden Gate Bridge, we first stopped at a small park immediately north of the bridge.  After getting out of the car and snapping a few shots, we continued on to Rodeo Cove.



Merry Christmas from San Francisco

December 25, 2010

This year I’m spending Christmas in San Francisco.  It certainly doesn’t feel like Christmas but I’ve never really been a festive type of guy so that’s ok.  I’ve been in San Francisco almost a week now and so far I’ve managed to relax, relax, and relax some more.

For breakfast I went to Sear’s Fine Food which is a nice cafe near Union Square.  And since then I’ve been resting at the hotel since I have a massive headache which is now going on day three.  We’re about to head to dinner at Sinbad’s Restaurant at Embarcadero.

A note from my traveling notepad

December 19, 2010

When I travel, I carry around a pocket sized notepad.  I call it a detective’s pad because I associate it with what a detective pulls out of his front shirt pocket to scribble notes.

A funny occurrence happened this morning on the airplane as people were boarding.  My note reads, “during boarding the faces of everyone as lady with crying baby walks by.  Thank God she’s at least ten rows behind me.  “phew” look on the faces of everyone around me knowing she’s not sitting close by.”

This lady walked by with a crying baby strapped to her chest and I immediately thought to myself, “oh great”.  I made eye contact with at least three people around me and we all had a very stressed look on our faces.  But as she kept walking we all took a sigh of relief and she settled about ten rows behind me.  I passed out before we even took off and woke up about 30 minutes before landing so I can’t report if the baby cried at all but perhaps maybe he/she got it all out of its system and slept like a baby such as I did myself.

Dyker Heights, Brooklyn

December 19, 2010

My friend Elizabeth and her sister are visiting New York City this weekend so I met up with them on Friday and Saturday night and we explored some interesting things in the city that I otherwise wouldn’t have even known exist.

On Friday night we visited Dyker Heights in Brooklyn which is a neighborhood famous for the over-the-top light displays.  At first glance it appeared to be a few houses heavily decorated in lights, but as we got into the neighborhood more, it became evident why people from all over go out of their way to pay a visit.

Aside from the nice lights, what I enjoyed just as much was seeing the beautiful houses.  The neighborhood has a very suburb-like feel to it but unlike the suburbs that I’m used to outside of Tampa, every one of these houses was unique and different.  They were all ENORMOUS houses, hence why they’re able to pay for expensive displays such as these, and most of them were about three to four stories and set back a little bit from the road.

The majority of the large light displays are on two streets between 11th Ave and 13th Ave from 83rd to 86th Streets.

Advice to parents..

December 19, 2010

Let your children travel every single opportunity they get.  I’m very thankful that my parents have never really persuaded me to not go on a trip.  While they’re not always for every trip I do, I appreciate the fact they have always given me space to decide if I should go on a trip.  I definitely know some of the trips I’ve done were financial irresponsible or bad judgment because of other circumstances, but I cherish every single place I’ve been and wouldn’t change it if I had to do over.

I’m writing from Newark airport about to board a flight to San Francisco!!  Here’s to another amazing trip out West.  Will be spending Christmas in San Francisco this year including a two day side trip to Yosemite National Park.

Today’s Traveling..

December 12, 2010

It’s strange… Everytime I arrive in Tampa I feel like I’ve never left.  And then, even after a long day of flight cancelations and delays, once I arrive in NYC I feel like I’ve never left.  It’s always easier to travel alone cuz today could’ve easily been really stressful and shitty if I had someone to bitch about it all with but instead I enjoyed lounging around waiting and waiting and waiting… and even after we landed in nyc, we waited an hour to get off the plane.