Archive for the ‘travel’ Category

California Burritos

April 4, 2007

I’ll be heading to the West Coast for a visit before I head to Buenos Aires. I’m excited to see friends and am slowly making plans… I’m also planning my burritos! And I just found out that BsAs is home to the California Burrito Company, which means the withdrawal from my burrito spree in San Francisco won’t be so bad after all. Yum…

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Uncharted Waters

March 14, 2007

I finally finished reading Over the Edge of the World: Magellan’s Terrifying Circumnavigation of the Globe. It’s impressive that anyone made it back (albeit only 18 of the original 260 crew members, and one of the original five boats), considering their spotty information about most of the world and the many real (monster storms, natives who didn’t know what to make of them) and imagined (monsters of the deep) threats they encountered or expected to encounter. Depending on which accounts you read (all of which the author references), Magellan is portrayed as a brave explorer, a hero, a traitor, a control freak, a religious zealot, or worse. The book is well written and I learned a lot about that period of exploration and life on-ship in the 1500s. It was particularly interesting to read about the armada’s experiences along the coast of South America and navigating the now-named Strait of Magellan, which I stood overlooking from a point near Punta Arenas, Chile, a few years ago.

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Oh Yeah, Honduras

October 23, 2006

I returned from my 12-day Honduran adventure almost two months ago, and there’s not really an excuse for my not writing about it until now, except that I’ve been busy, lost motivation, didn’t feel like writing, etc. etc. But before I start posting about my current adventures, I thought I should at least tell you that the pictures are up (and have been, actually, for quite some time) and share some snippets from my journal, jotted down when I was in Honduras and couldn’t remember my damn blog password. So here you go, if anyone cares anymore. (more…)

Coming Home

September 7, 2006

I love returning from a trip to find two checks waiting for me, plus a copy of Moon New Jersey, in which I’m thanked in the acknowledgments as “copy editor extraordinaire.” It’s almost enough to get me excited about getting back to work—and being back in Jersey! But apparently my subconscious wasn’t quite so enthusiastic—I had a dream last night that when I turned on my computer this morning I found that the operating system—and all of my files—had disappeared and been replaced with some strange Garfield-themed environment that kept crashing. Bizarre, and thankfully not at all based in reality.

Honduras was great. I wanted to blog from the road but couldn’t remember my password, giving me flashbacks to similarly frustrating moments at internet cafes in Bangkok on my first visit to Asia. More on the trip soon, including pictures, of course.

Travel Buzz

August 3, 2006

I’m easy—just buying plane tickets gets me all aflutter. Especially when it’s for my first international trip in over a year: I’m off to Honduras to meet up with aforementioned fellow nomad Jessica to celebrate her birthday and do some wandering before she heads off somewhere else in Latin America for her first gig teaching English. I’m leaving three weeks from tomorrow, which practically feels like instant gratification since this whole idea was first thrown around just a week or two ago. And between now and then, I have a bunch of projects to finish and a trip to Florida! Time to dust off the ol’ backpack and figure out where all my travel necessities are. Can’t wait to get back on the road.

Exit Strategy

July 29, 2006

A year ago this weekend, I was moving into my apartment in Glendale. While I was driving across town with my few suitcases piled in the back, my friend Jessica called. We had a lot of catching up to do—we hadn’t talked since we’d parted ways in Peru about 10 months earlier. She told me that after wrapping up her round-the-world trip and returning to the States a few weeks earlier, she’d determined she wasn’t ready to stay—she was already planning her next adventure: going to Mexico to get her TOEFL/TESL certificate and heading off somewhere in Latin America to teach English. I’d only been back for two months, and already I was sucked right back into all the trappings of a regular life—cell phone, car, apartment. Listening to Jessica’s plans, I thought, “wait! I want that! Let me go with you!” That experience perfectly highlighted all the conflicting ideas I had about my life, but I put them away and invested myself in building a new, “stable” life in LA, even if that wasn’t where I wanted to be. (more…)

Where Should I Put This Excess Heat?

July 17, 2006

There’s an Excessive Heat Warning in effect for this area until tomorrow night. It’s supposed to be 98 today… excessive indeed. I should have stayed in Maine, relaxing on the coast with that wonderful salt-scented breeze. Instead, I left my dear college friends Annie and Rich (and beautiful daughter Zoe) yesterday afternoon, stopped in Boston to meet another friend for dinner, and arrived home at 3:15 a.m., then had to get up less than five hours later to return the rental car. Sigh. It really is time to get a car of my own—I realize it’s crucial for further ramblings I have in mind.

This Makes Me Sad

June 30, 2006

I’ve been disappointed that I couldn’t think of anything interesting to blog about since the solstice—which was lovely, by the way: Sat outside and read and sipped my gin and tonic until it was too dark to see the words on the page, then had dinner on the back deck with mom and dad. I had a great night out in New York a few days ago too: Good music, good people (including my brother—how fun to be able to see him just because), and one of those perfect warm summer nights, great for wandering through parks and lounging on steps after midnight.

But that’s the good part. This is the sad part: couchsurfing.com as we know it has come to an end. I guess even this has an upside; people are so passionate about it, and the lofty ideals of the global community it created—over 90,000 members!—that they’re committed to finding a way for something even better to rise from the ashes.

A Year and a Day

May 28, 2006

A year ago yesterday, I touched down at JFK airport after a long flight from Heathrow. I was back in the States for the first time since early January, and it had been about nine months since I'd packed up everything and left San Francisco bound for Peru. I couldn't believe The Trip was finally over.

Now, it's hard to believe a year has passed, but a lot has happened since then—I moved to L.A., started freelancing, made some new friends and reacquainted with old ones, took a few trips to San Francisco and one to San Antonio, visited San Diego a few times, went home for the holidays, revisited the Grand Canyon, left L.A., said goodbye to friends across California and revisited Yosemite, then drove across the country with lots of great stops to see friends and sights along the way. And here I am at mom and dad's in New Jersey, right back where I started a year ago! Just like then, I can't believe I'm really here, and just like then, I'm confident that lots of grand adventures await.