Category Archives: Travel

What I learned traveling to all 50 states

Actually, before I get to that – let me tell you what I learned on my trip to Mississippi and Alabama – the final two states I had to visit   Mobile has some wonderful architecture and a very nice … Continue reading

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Some pics from my San Diego trip

Pacific Beach on a Wednesday night.  Wish I’d taken my wetsuit.    

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All I want to do is watch Region 2 DVDs

I’m from England, I also travel a lot to other parts of the world – South America, Australia and New Zealand, Europe, and Asia.  Sometimes I buy DVDs in those places that are not available in the USA. Currently those … Continue reading

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Winter in the UK

As a Brit, a Geographer, and someone has lived many places and traveled to many more; I am fascinated and puzzled by the British attitude to the weather. I could fill dozens if not hundreds of pages about various UK … Continue reading

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Sick while traveling

Always a pain.  Heading back to the US tomorrow and very much looking forward to getting home, rested and back to my usual diet, sleep habits and workouts.  I’ve been in Townsville, Cairns, back to Townsville, Melbourne, and now Sydney. … Continue reading

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Take a moment to reflect on luckiness

I just picked up 5 rolls of film I had developed and printed at my favourite lab (Yeah, I know, I’m old school).  In that collection were some pics from Buenos Aires last year (great buildings in San Telmo), wonderful … Continue reading

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Two reasons why Melbourne / Victoria is the New Jersey of Australia

(probably most of interest to my American readers, but still… ) On my very first day in Melbourne I was walking down William street to Foster’s and I saw this strange sign (remember USAians, that Aussies, like all right-thinking people … Continue reading

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Snowpocalypse!

Greetings from the Aloft hotel in Ashburn, VA where I’m watching over 24″ (60cm) of snow fall and now blow all over the place.  It’s fun to be part of snowmageddon or sn_omg, but I’d much rather be home than … Continue reading

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Rainy and Windy

We have English winter weather today in NYC – pouring rain, winds gusting to 40 mph.  Reminds me of so many days and nights in the north of England and also feels like Wellington too.  I get a really clear … Continue reading

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Airport Food? Just carry Clif bars

It’s hardly original to criticize airline and airport food, but why not add to the voluminous literature on the subject? Well, airline food has pretty much disappeared so that rules out that area.  Except for international flights – but it’s … Continue reading

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Is the US the “greatest country in the world”?

Fascinating Op-Ed by Neil Gabler on the Boston Globe website questioning the reflexive statement of the superiority of the US made by almost all politicians and media in this country. I’ve lived in the US for over 20 years now (with … Continue reading

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Lighthouse at the End of the World

I got back from Argentina on Sunday and had a fantastic time there – even with the travel issues on the way down.. Lots of stories to share, but I thought I’d start with a photo. I flew first to … Continue reading

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I (don’t) love LA

I was in the City of Angels earlier this week and remain unimpressed.  I’m sure it didn’t help that the weather was overcast and smoggy the whole time I was there, that traffic sucked, and that I flew 5-6 hours … Continue reading

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This has bugged me for a while

Mostly because it offends me that airlines think we are so stupid.  It’s the practice of advertising air fares at less than half their true cost with the following disclaimer (from United’s email today, but could be any of the … Continue reading

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Japanese culture

I’ll admit I’m torn on Japanese culture (and I realize how absurd that statement is).  I love to be in Tokyo and hope to visit the rest of Japan some time – particularly Hokkaido – and I love Japanese art … Continue reading

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Back in the Big City

Finally back at home after two whole weeks away – one week on vacation, flowing into a work meeting in New Brunswick, followed by a couple of days in CT. One thing that I noticed on my trip was how … Continue reading

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Just gets better

So I finally got to the hotel around 930pm (rather than 7pm as planned) – cranky, tired, low blood sugar, etc. etc. This morning I get a call saying that the meeting I came down for is cancelled.  Oh well, … Continue reading

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District of Columbia

Heading to DC for a meeting tomorrow.  Should I take the train or fly – well, Accela is more expensive than flying, and I am nothing if not a mileage whore.  So I chose to fly on the US Airways … Continue reading

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On the Vineyard

I love Martha’s Vineyard – another case of where I’m surprised that I like somewhere.  Sure the rich people and the crowds bug me, but is that so different from NYC?  I have a dream that one day I’ll be … Continue reading

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Ninja Obama

DiD US Presidential Election 2008????????. This is why I love Japan and Japanese culture –  the picture of President Obama with a katana and wakizashi is worth ten thousand words of description of cross-cultural strangeness. How did William Gibson find this?

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