Anthony Bourdain was different. He embodied everything I strive to be in my life…adventurous, open-minded, inquisitive, and honest.
He was an inspiration not only to me, but also to an entire generation of those of us who daydream of faraway places; those of us who decorate our homes with maps and artifacts from around the world…to those of us who always have the plans for another adventure in the works.
I’m going to toot my own horn for a moment…
I live in an awesome city.
Sometimes I don’t really appreciate it as much as I should, because I get caught up in work and traffic and bills and cleaning the apartment and making sure I’ve bought enough eggs to last through the week, but when I do stop and take the time to look around me, I have to say, San Diego is pretty amazing.
I haven’t always lived in San Diego. I’m an L.A. transplant who, like so many before and after me, gave up the glitz and glamour urban sprawl and crush of humanity for a mellower, more pleasant, more quintessentially “California” experience.
Sometimes, even “the best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry”, so they say. My recent trip to France certainly kept me on my toes.
One thing that people who live abroad tend to overlook is the fact that this country is absolutely enormous, and that there are 300 million very different, diverse people living here. Depending on where you go and what you do, your visit to the United States is going to take on a very different shape and you’re going to experience very different things. But that’s not what this post is about, either. No, this post is about subtle things I’ve noticed over the years. It’s sometimes the little differences that are the most striking.
While I could spend a whole weekend exploring strange museums and attractions, catching shows, eating at fabulous restaurants, and doing a number of unique activities (roller coaster through a casino, anybody?), this particular post is for those of you who want to escape the city altogether and enjoy some of the awesome attractions the area around Las Vegas has to offer.
I’m excited to announce a contribution from freelance writer and mother of two, Jenny Holt. She loves nothing more than getting away from it and taking her pet Labrador Bruce for long walks, something she can do a lot more now she’s left the corporate world behind. She has written a post for us today about cooking tips for your next camping trip. I hope you enjoy her article!
This post is specifically for my fellow celiacs and others out there who, for medical reasons, can’t eat gluten. If you don’t have celiac or a gluten sensitivity, I still encounrage you to read on because current statistics estimate that about 1 in 100 people suffer from celiac. Chances are, somebody you know has this issue and you just might be able to help them out in the future. For those of you who have been reading my blog for a while, you’ll know that I suffer from celiac disease. I know better than most how hard it is to navigate the world when you have dietary restrictions, and it’s even harder when you’re traveling because you’re away from the things you know are safe to eat and figuring out what you can eat can be a minefield.
Here in the USA (and I’m assuming also among those from other places who have traveled to the USA as well), the TSA has a bit of a reputation for being a disagreeable bunch. Supporters tout their necessity and how they help keep us safe, but the rest of us just feel a little dehumanized when shuffled through airport security while we’re poked, prodded, and questioned on the contents of our snack bags.
Love them or hate them, however, there is one thing that’s indisputable…the TSA’s social media team is top notch!
If you haven’t had the chance to check out their Instagram page yet, you’ll be surprised by how…well…delightful it is.
So, without further adieu, I give you a selection of TSA Instagram posts that made me smile.
Every now and then, I like to highlight an artist who stokes my love of travel and inspires me to get out there and see a little bit more of the world. Today I wanted to let you know about an artist I discovered on Instagram. Her name is Elizabeth Marie and she does some absolutely beautiful sketches. Based in San Francisco, her work mainly consists of scenes from around her beautiful, iconic city. However, she also has sketches of other areas of the world as well, inspired by her own travels.
I could go on and on, but I’ll let her work speak for itself…
If you’re going to be visiting San Diego, California, chances are that one point or another you’re going to end up in La Jolla. It’s known all over for being a beautiful place with awesome things to see and do, so it’s no wonder tourists and locals alike flock to the little beach community of La Jolla whenever the sun is out (and…this is San Diego, so the sun is usually out). If you’re planning on visiting the area and would like to check this awesome town out, you might be wondering just what to do when you get there. I have a few suggestions…