Category: Anecdotes

an·ec·dote
ˈanəkˌdōt/
noun
plural noun: anecdotes
a short and amusing or interesting story about a real incident or person.

On finding parking in Los Angeles.

There’s something you should know if you’re planning on coming to Los Angeles: it’s a difficult place to find a parking spot in.You might laugh and think, no big deal…I can deal with that. Seriously though, I’m telling you: parking in Los Angeles is hard. Really hard. Telling you that it’s hard might be the understatement of the century, actually. Let me re-phrase that:

Finding parking in Los Angeles is an extremely, incredibly frustrating activity.

I mean, come ON. Who builds a city that has such crap public transportation that the entire city is forced to get around by car, and then NOT build in suitable parking? Honestly!

On Big, Scary Australian Spiders

“Oh, don’t worry Love. That’s a golden orb weaver. It’s totally harmless.”
I had been standing still and gaping with a horrified look on my face as I beheld one of the largest spiders I had ever seen when I heard the voice behind me. I spun around to find a pair of the most adorable little old ladies I had ever seen, out for a leisurely stroll in Sydney’s Royal Botanic Gardens.
The smaller and frailer of two went on to say, “It’s the small ones you can’t see that you need to worry about!”

On Getting Fingerprinted While Entering Japan

I am writing this story for all of you out there who, like myself, have “faint” fingerprints that can’t be read by machines. I know you’re out there, and I also know that if you’re planning on traveling to Japan, you’ll likely be wondering what will happen when they fingerprint you at the border, which they do for all foreign nationals entering the country. Quite frankly, I had a hell of a time getting reliable information on the topic when I was planning my trip to Japan, so I wanted to write a detailed account of my experiences to help out my faint fingerprinted brothers and sisters out there in the hope that this will save you some of the frustration I faced when researching the topic.

Florence, Italy

In 2007, I traveled to Italy on my honeymoon. Our first stop was Venice, and it was every bit as incredible as I had imagined it would be. Our second stop on the grand Italian tour was Florence. Usually we travel on a budget and stay in some […]

On Traveling to Venice, Italy (Part 3): Exploration

What can I say about Venice that hasn’t been said so many times before? Yes, it’s true that it’s incredibly beautiful. It’s so beautiful it’s almost surreal. In fact, you can find beauty and old-world charm in just about every corner of the city. It doesn’t really matter where you go…you’ll find beauty. Yes, there are iconic, amazing landmarks that you absolutely must see. But there are also amazing places around random corners.

On Traveling to Venice, Italy (Part 1) The Harrowing Journey

It was the first day of my honeymoon and I had just landed in Venice, Italy. It had been a harrowing journey. We had originally planned on flying into Milan, where we would spend the night, explore Milan a bit, and then take the train into Venice the next day.

These plans were foiled, however, by my old nemesis of LAX. I don’t know if you’re noticing a theme in this blog yet or not, but nothing good ever happens to me at LAX. In my opinion, it is a pit of despair. Still, Los Angeles is the cheapest airport to fly out of internationally in my area, so I do find myself there more often than I would like.

Illustrations of the Frustrations of Travel

I’ve mentioned on this blog a lot that I work as a graphic designer and I also do a lot of my own artwork on the side. I was going through some old sketches recently when I came across these great illustrations I did a while back for a freelance job for a travel company. They were really fun to do, and I wanted to share them here with you. Each illustration depicts a different travel frustration or situation. I really hope you enjoy them!