Posts Tagged ‘travel’

Angles

Angles

The Phoenix Convention Center features some pretty cool modern architecture, with big sweeping glass and metal structures. I snapped this photo as I stepped out for lunch, leaving the chill of air conditioning for the scorching 38°C sunlight.

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10 2011

This house is outta place.

This house is outta place.

Some kind of historic area in Phoenix. I guess it's original, but it's still very out of place, since Phoenix didn't exactly spring up in Victorian period the way San Francisco did. Take my word, this makes no sense out here.

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10 2011

Gilded window letters

Gilded window letters

This little section of LA (Silver Lake) features lots of shops with handpainted storefronts and signs. This one is quite elaborate and I appreciate it.

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10 2011

Hazy sunset

Hazy sunset

Not the clearest day, but this was the first time I had seen the California coast (San Francisco doesn't count). I'm still a little shocked by how the mountains in this area pop up out of nowhere.

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10 2011

Thats California for ya.

Thats California for ya.

Sometimes I feel like every store needs this. I have found myself often unable to ask for directions in large cities (New York, London, et al.) because I don't speak, y'know, every language on Earth.

Obviously, this is a remark on the massive Spanish-speaking population in SoCal. But it's odd because this is an otherwise stodgy eyewear shop. Where do they get off with cheeky social commentary?

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10 2011

This burrito is the size of a small cat

This burrito is the size of a small cat

I ate the whole thing. In retrospect, it wasn't the best move, and I did not sleep well. I guess I have a weak east coast stomach.

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10 2011

In Chicago

At the FUSE Conference. Here are the photos I snapped in my awkward, paparazzi-esque moment.

strange days indeed

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04 2010

Lauren’s House

Through the snow and wind of January, I journey to Boston, for the wedding of grad school flatmate Nick, and his lady Karen. Lauren, my old high school chum, has graciously offered to put me up for the night, thus saving me the hassle and costs of staying a hotel, which I forgot to reserve anyway.

Lauren’s place is comfy, and distinctively female.

strange days indeed

strange days indeed

strange days indeed

And yes, that is a foam penis and pig in a jar of water. That’s how she rolls.

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01 2010

Crabby on the Way Home

The weary New Yorker may not entirely understand, but after a week of Puerto Rico I’m ready to head home. The heat, sun, animals, spotty television and phone service, cars breaking down, and generally eccentricity of my family (and extended family) are all good for a few days, but not for extended sets.

In typical fashion, we were late out of the gate, and got sidetracked buying breakfast, refueling, picking people up, taking stops, buying hammocks, looking at crabs, and taking the long way to the airport so we could deposit Mischa and Gabe to an entrance for El Yunque.

Somehow, we made to the airport in time. There was still plenty of sitting around to be had. Star Trek played on the flight home, which was a nice surprise. Crappy headphones and monitors tried their best to ruin the experience, but alas, I enjoyed the movie. That’s about the best part of the day.

strange days indeed

strange days indeed

strange days indeed

It’s good to be back. I suppose I could have gotten a better tan.

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08 2009

To JFK, then Puerto Rico

For the first time in years I find myself actually taking a vacation. That is, I’m boarding a plane and going to someplace sunny and warm. (not that New York isn’t sunny and warm in July.)

On my way to visit my parents, and catch up on sleeping/reading, in Puerto Rico, I first had to endure the travels. This was the first time I’ve been brave enough to take the subway to JFK and then AirTran thing to get to my appropriate terminal.

High points: actually being able to connect with minimal stairs and drama. Low Point: The AirTran costs $5! I thought it was a free connection. Cmon.

Shenanigans at the gate with cancellations and delayed boarding (due to tremendous rain in the NYC area) finally evades and we were off. Eventually. Mum, who was flying separately from Newark didn’t make it until the next day. Crazy.

So when people talk about vacation is a hassle, this is what they mean.

strange days indeed

strange days indeed

strange days indeed

strange days indeed

strange days indeed

strange days indeed

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07 2008