110309: travel bug
9 November 2009, 8:51 pm
Filed under: traveling | Tags: ,

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photo of the day

When I got my first passport, in 2000, it was like a new world had opened up to me. A travel bug was planted, and the gift of exploration and discovery was given. Ten years later, I’ve seen a little more of the world, but nothing has changed. That travel bug still exists, and I still yearn to see more.

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365 | 100409: travelcloud
6 October 2009, 12:26 pm
Filed under: 365, photography, traveling | Tags: , , , ,

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photo of the day

I could spend hours looking through travel books, imagining itineraries of far away lands. And today, I did.



july = mia
5 August 2009, 3:42 pm
Filed under: architecture, everyday, traveling, work | Tags: , ,

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Good lord, it’s been a month since I’ve posted? Seriously, where did July go? The month was full of fun things- a trip to Boston for a wedding, a site visit to the (nearly completed) dorm project I worked on for two years, two weeks of house guests + touristy LA things, mixed in with a very short, very fast, very fun retail project for the new Palm Pre phone.

Still working on editing all the photos.

Good thing summer isn’t going anywhere fast in CA.



no sunglasses needed
3 June 2009, 11:48 am
Filed under: LA, traveling, weather | Tags: , , ,
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5/12 of 2009 is gone?

I’m dreaming about thunderstorms today, and stumbled upon this gorgeous photo from Lucas Janin on flickr. It has been threatening to rain on Los Angeles for the past week, with cool temps and no sunglasses needed. Seriously, I didn’t realize how often I wore my sunglasses until this past week! And I sortofalmostmaybe am starting to understand why Angelenos get excited about rain. Almost.

In fact, the weather forecast is better for PA this weekend than LA!  It has become an annual June tradition to head to PA for my mom’s birthday, opposite the holidays for convenient biannual visits.  I’m looking forward to little bit of time away, and oddly, time on the plane. It is somehow easier to gain perspective from the air.



vegas is gold
25 May 2009, 10:21 pm
Filed under: musing, traveling | Tags: ,

vegas

I never really had a burning desire to go to Vegas, but it’s something you’ve gotta do, right? Especially since I realized I hadn’t been to Nevada and it is now possible to drive there in less than 5 hours! Lessons learned:

-Vegas is gold. Seriously. It’s blinding. Especially Trump Tower.

-Possibly a better time to visit is in the winter. Less daylight = more lights on the Strip, more time for choreographed Bellagio fountains, and slightly-less-stifling heat. Probably just as much smoke though.

-Public transportation is better than LA’s, but much more expensive. And, it takes MUCH longer to walk anywhere on the Strip than you think.

-Driving in the desert is incredibly liberating, and CA is way more mountainous than I realize.

-0% of the power generated by Hoover Dam goes to Vegas, but 56% percent of it goes to Southern CA.

-Relaxing by the pool all day with a beverage and a breeze is sometimes just what you need.

-Lugging a jar of change for a little gambling is perfectly okay. Until you realize that slot machines no longer take coins. WTF?

-Be careful when scratching your nose in a casino, someone nearby thinks you want to buy drugs.

-How have I gone this long without seeing Cirque du Soleil? I think my jaw was in my lap for an hour straight it was so amazing. But not as amazing as the Chicken and Waffles at Bouchon. Seriously. And our waiter looked and acted like John Malkovich, which made for a hilariously entertaining brunch.