4.19.2014

Cozumel and Why it Doesn't Count (#indie30 Day 19)

Day 19 of #indie30: Have you ever been to South America? What stands out?

I've been to South America but in my head it doesn't really count. I went to Mexico for a day because Cozumel was one of the ports that Royal Caribbean's Navigator of the Seas stopped at. I say it doesn't count because it was a tourist town and we didn't do much besides relax on the beach and drink tequilla based beverages. I mean, we were on spring break in college! I explored more on the actual cruise ship than on the island! (For the record, you can play mini golf on the Navigator.) 



What I really want to do for a South American adventure is to go on a luxury tour of Machu Picchu!!! What's a luxury tour??? It's basically a tour package where you stay in a very nice hotel in Cusco, Peru, get on the Hiram Bingham, a luxury train that takes you to Machu Picchu, and then take the train back to your hotel later that day. No full day trek, fine dining, and A LUXURY TRAIN?! How awesome is that? There's tons of tour packages that provide that kind of travel. I just stumbled onto this one by Peru-Explorer via a quick google search.

image courtesy of Belmond Hiram Bingham
Did I mention this comes with a hefty price tag?? Hey a girl can dream, right?
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4.18.2014

Sea of Stars (#indie30 Day 18)

Day 18 of #indie30: What one thing, when you see photos of it, make you just want to just pack your bags and go?

I mean, this is what my pinterest is for...All those places I've pinned fit the description above. I think one that truly sticks out to me though would be the Sea of Stars located around Vaadhoo Island, Maldives.

image courtesy of distractify

The sea is inhabited by billions of bioluminescent dinoflagellates (aka glow-in-the-dark plankton). All along the shore, you see them glow as they get swept onto the sand.  Even though it is explained by science it still feels magical right?

Like you're living on Pandora.

image courtesy of dailymail

A big part of traveling, for me, is to see and experience something that I won't normally encounter at home and this definitely falls into that category.
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4.17.2014

'Murica (#indie30 Day 17)

Day 17 of #indie30: Roadside attractions, national parks, or big cities? What’s your favorite part of traveling in the USA?

What I love about traveling in the US is that this country is so big, it has everything and I love all of it! From giant state fairs to small local farmers markets, from national parks like the Grand Canyon to cities with their towering skyscrapers. I mean, you don't need to travel outside of the country to experience something new!

Even the climates are so different! We have snowy New York...
Central Park in Snow 

To beautiful sunny weather in Florida. This photo was taken in October by the way. OCTOBER! That's already fleece jacket weather in the tri-state area.

Miami Beach

Not only is this country of the freedom of speech but its also the country of immigrants. Only Native Americans can say they are actually..you know..NATIVE Americans. Everyone else's ancestors originally came here from another country. It's the ultimate melting pot. I mean, we have the United Nations Headquarters in this country. The place where all the diplomats and heads of countries come together to discuss world affairs.


What I love most about America is that it you can go to all 50 states and have 50 different experiences. 'Murica, there's room for everyone.
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4.16.2014

Rome Wasn't Built in a Day But Neither was Paris (#indie30 Day 16)

Day 16 of #indie30: What city in Europe would you like to visit the most?

My knee-jerk reaction when reading today's prompt was PARIS! I mean, I've studied (sorta) French during my school years. I read books about living in Paris. I love French food. I literally wore out my copy of Julie & Julia...So "Oui" to Paris! Right???

Photo via Free Range Stock
But I also would love to visit Rome. I mean, not to go all "Eat, Pray, Love" on you guys but being on a "No Carb Left Behind" Tour sounds amazing. Besides the food, the architecture and the history is also very appealing for me.

Photo via Free Range Stock

I'm torn. I'll just have to do both.


Fun fact, do you see the guy moving the chair on the gif above? I WORK WITH THAT GUY! He's now a Executive Producer at my office. Being a Production Assistant on the set of that music video was one of his first jobs. Cool right? Haha. Which is why when the office ever has a party, we blast Natalie Imbruglia and watch his eyes roll and cringe even though I know deep down, he's loving it.



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4.15.2014

Asia? Asia! (TTT and #indie30 Day 15)

Day 15 of #indie30: If you could pick any country in Asia to go to, which one would you pick and why?

First off, this topic hits close to home. PUN intended! (For the record, all puns on this blog are intended until told otherwise.) I think anyone who hasn't been to Taiwan yet should definitely put that on top of their list. Call me bias but I mean, exhibit A, exhibit B, oh and erm, exhibit C?!

Taipei

Second off, I would very much like to go to India because I love the food, I am enthralled by its culture, and its just at the top of my bucket list!  I mean, it sounds kinda stupid but I first got excited about India when I watched a bollywood movie in high school. I then went off to college, met a few Indian friends who taught me some traditional Indian dances, and well, the love is there.

Third off, enough about me, it's TRAVEL TALK TUESDAY!!!


#TTT, Travel Talk Tuesdays, Travel, Blogging

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For the record, you don't need to be a traveler to participate. There's no right or wrong way to answer. It can be as simple as one word to an entire paragraph! You can even draw a picture of your answer if that's what you want. Sky's the limit! Ready? Because here we go!!!

Today's Topic: Asia!

1) What country do you want to visit the most in Asia?
I already touched base on this a little bit on my answer above but I really do want to visit India. The spices, the food, the history, Oh my!

2) Is there a country you'd rather not visit in Asia?
Well North Korea because it just doesn't seem pleasant at the moment...

3) Have you ever been to Asia? if so, which countries?
Yep! Besides Taiwan, I've been to Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, Japan, and China! All very wonderful.

4) Is there any Asian influence where you are currently living?
I work literally 2 blocks away from Chinatown in NYC. I'm invited to all these Asian American gatherings and meetups on almost a daily basis so yes there are a lot of Asian influences in this town.

5) If you could be fluent in Chinese/Japanese/Korean/Hindi, which one would you choose?
I'd learn Japanese just because then I'd be able to watch anime and read manga without waiting for the translations and subtitles! Also, because my parents love traveling to Japan so being fluent would definitely be more useful.

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4.14.2014

The Art of Words (#indie30 Day 13 & 14)

Yesterday's #indie30 prompt was about languages and today's prompt is about poetry so you get a two for one deal with today's blog post!!! 

Check out my personal experience with languages here and answer Day 13's prompt of:  If you could wake up tomorrow knowing any one language (one you don’t already know), what would it be and why?

And for Day 14 I tried my hand at a limerick on my travels! I like limericks the best as they are the humorist of poems. 

Ta-dah!!! And I wrote it in 10 minutes. WIN!
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4.12.2014

It's the Little Things (#indie30 Day 12)

Day 12 of #indie30: Have you ever been helped by a total stranger when traveling?

My first initial thought to this prompt was: WELL, OF COURSE! But then I sat at my desk and literally stared at my screen for a good 5 minutes.

I couldn't think of anything! It's not that I met only mean people on all my trips and it's definitely not like I was showered by generosity that I don't know what to choose from.  It's just because I never had a grand gesture of kindness. I would like to think it's because I'm so prepared when traveling that no one needs to help me BUT I think it just boils down to luck. I am lucky enough to travel so much and not be put in a situation where I need help.

Not to say I don't notice the little acts of kindness that happen when I'm traveling. Thus, this post is dedicated to all the people who have helped me and the future strangers who I'll meet. Thank you for taking a picture for me and not running off with my camera. Thank you for letting me go to the front of security when my flight is leaving in like 20 minutes. Thank you for helping me stow my very heavy carry-on in the overhead bin. (I have no upper arm strength). And most of all thank you for smiling at me and letting me feel welcome in your neighborhood.


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