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Looking back on our first snowbird trip, I would like to take some time to reflect on what we did right, what we could have done better and what we hope to do next time. I come from a family of quasi gypsies...we moved around quite a bit when I was a child and, since my dad was in education, we had summers to travel and travel we did. By the time I was in high school, I had been to most of the lower 48 states, quite a few provinces in Canada and across the Texas border into Mexico. My mother can't stand to stay in one place for too long and we joke that she gets "itchy feet" and needs to get on the road again. I guess I'm like that also and, lucky ... read more

North America » United States » New York » Rockville Centre February 27th 2014

The last two nights of our adventure were spent in Florence, SC. The hotel receptionist recommended we eat at Fatz Restaurant the first night there and it turned out to be a very good choice. Since we were first time diners, the waitress brought us a free sample of their Callabas chicken. I don't know what the callabas meant, but it was very good fried chicken breast, so I decided to order it and was very glad I did. Jim and I both enjoyed the last of our sweet tea - until our next trip south. After a rainy day spent inside the hotel room and after listening to the weather reports, we decided to head for home. The weather didn't sound so great even where we were and we decided we'd rather be home than ... read more

North America » United States » New York » Rochester February 14th 2014

After having experienced the cruel winter of New York and seeing snow almost everyday for so many weeks, it only made sense for me to experience it a bit more, by going for a ski trip. I had been having a crazy schedule for a long time and this trip was going to be a good break. The place was the hollow Hunt Hollow Ski Club at Naples, NY. We left the university by bus. There was snow on the way, a lot of it and all the trees except the pine trees had shed their leaves. A little more than an hour later when I started to see mountains at a distance; I knew that we were getting close to our ski resort. Once we were there, we signed in and rented our skis and ... read more
Going uphill
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The resort

North America » United States » New York » Victor January 29th 2014

Well, after a wink of sleep, I gave up and thought at least I have time for a nice lonnng shower, it was only 2:30am. Well, no time to get on Thai time like the present. I have zipped my bag up (symbolizing no further costume changes) and printed out my first boarding pass! I was lying in bed trying to think of anything I missed……"are they going to ask me for proof of my shots?" well, I don't have proof, so here's hoping I don't get turned back at the border. Hopefully my blog will become significantly more exciting, hah…… I was thinking The times in my life when I just went with a nagging idea (costa rica with Tim, yoga month at the ashram) it has never been anything liked I had imagined it ... read more

North America » United States » New York January 27th 2014

First entry for my trip. Seeing how this blog world works and making sure I have it figured out. Today I spray my clothes with bug spray, start packing, charge all my camera batteries, and wonder did I really need 5 books and do I really enjoy a real book to my ereader enough to lug 5 books half way around the world? I spent half the night worrying about the smallest threatthat I can barly see or identify (the dengue fever bug) to the largest, (hanging out with elephants with free will) and calculating a 12 hour time change trying to figure out how to combat that. I have not traveled much on my own, and really have gone totally by gut and intuition that there is a reason I was swept away in the ... read more

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North America » United States » New York » New York » Manhattan January 20th 2014

18thJanuary 2014 Distanced travelled 3207 Nautical miles After 8 nights at sea battling through up to Force 10 gales and high seas we finally sailed serenely into New York on a cold, frosty January morning. With the Statue of Liberty one of the first landmarks people sea, it must have been a welcome sight for those first visitors & immigrants. However when they had to be processed for Immigration in the early days on Ellis Island, I’m sure ‘the land of the free’ may have taken on a different view. Some immigrants only made it as far as the Island before being turned back. Luckily for us, Immigration was quite smooth and we were allowed to take our trip on a whistle stop tour of the ‘Big Apple’. As you can see from the weather, it ... read more
Central park (rt)
Closed decks
Freedom tower

North America » United States » New York January 16th 2014

(One slip on ice) As you may have read in the news, NY has been experiencing some turbulent weather of late. It all started back in 2013, on New Year’s Eve… I left work and to get ready for a New Year’s Eve party. It had started snowing and there were some beautiful snowflakes, but and the temperature had really dropped. I felt for the tourists that were making their way towards midtown to see the ball drop. By Thursday, New York had received a snow storm warning and most people travelling within the tri-state area stayed at home, the equivalent of those work colleagues that commute from Kent or Surrey. It was pretty crazy day by all accounts, I was sick anyway so it sort of passed me by while I was in my Ibuprofen ... read more

North America » United States » New York January 16th 2014

I came across this interesting article. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-magazine-monitor-25766114 E freeloading has become a way of life for me. I can attest to the McDonald's example, I went there on Saturday in Chinatown waiting for my Japanese class and there were people skypying all over the place (I was also doing this, but no one was available to Skype - sad face). I bought a vanilla milkshake though. Thoughts most welcome.... read more

North America » United States » New York January 9th 2014

One of the tasks now that we are back here in the UK is to download the photographs from our recent trip to New York and Boston. Some are included here. Primarily, the purpose of the trip was to visit daughter Catherine and her husband Will. Will has a secondment at Yale University for about a year and Catherine made the decision to join him. So the trip was planned to take in New York, then make our way north on new year's day to Newhaven to see Cath and Will before heading to Boston for a quick visit, before heading back home. It turned out to be quite a trip. Our friends Karen and Neal had booked the same outward flight and a neighbouring hotel, just by sheer coincidence. So Jo and I, joined by ... read more
Top of the Rock
From the top
In Memory

North America » United States » New York » New York » Manhattan January 3rd 2014

We have been to New York many times before but never at xmas so we had to fulfill that dream!!... read more
Views from our hotel
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