As you may have gleaned from some of my previous posts, travel planning is something that is pretty important to me. Even when I go for a more free-form type of travel, I still at the very least try to figure out the general outlines of trip and plan for the most important eventualities. That being said, there are times when, despite one’s best-laid plans, greater forces intervene in unexpected ways. Two recent examples come to mind: one that affects U.S. citizens’ travel to Cuba and one that affects my upcoming trip to India.
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In one of my previous posts, I discussed my intention to spend more time exploring my own city and surroundings as opposed to always looking to my overseas adventures for inspiration for my travel writing. To that end, I have decided to start a new feature on my blog–Backyard Backpacker–that will focus on the fun and exciting events and activities that I have found locally, no passport required. My first entry in this series is about an event in my city that surpassed my expectations in many ways: the San Francisco International Poetry Festival.
Yes, this picture was taken at the Jersey shore. Yes, that is a big bowl of flaming alcohol. Yes, it was supposed to be shared, but I drank it all by myself.
Why is this the photo of the week? Well, I could say that it reminds me of the fun times that I had seeing the now infamous Jersey shore for myself and exploring the Asbury Park boardwalk with some girlfriends after attending a wedding the previous day. Let’s be real, though–while I did have fun, and the photo does bring back memories, that’s not why I chose it.
It’s still summer, so it’s still cold (i.e., sub-70 degrees, frequently sub-60 degrees) in San Francisco. Thus, in the interest of continuing my trend of thinking warm thoughts, I pulled out a photo of a happier time from a winter trip that I took to Puerto Rico. This was a beautiful day on an almost secluded beach in Vieques. Most importantly, there was sun, and lots of it! I can’t wait until warmth and regular sunlight is part of my regular life again….
Because I was out of town that weekend, I was not able to check out San Francisco’s gay pride parade this summer–I will certainly have to put that on my list for next year. In the meantime, I decided to dig up a photo from gay pride parades past–namely, last year’s New York gay pride parade. The parade is always a lot of fun, attracting families, couples, singles, friends, locals, and tourists alike, of all imaginable ages, races, nationalities, sexual orientations, and creeds. However, last year’s parade was particularly moving because it occurred just after gay marriage was legalized in New York. The excitement was palpable, especially when Governor Andrew Cuomo, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and City Council speaker Christine Quinn (who recently married her partner) marched through the parade. It was wonderful to be part of such a historic celebration. The U.S. just observed Independence Day yesterday; hopefully, each future birthday of my country will see us one step closer to recognizing equal rights for all of our citizens. Happy (belated) birthday, America!
I was just in Las Vegas this past weekend to celebrate one of my best friend’s Dirty 30. It was great to see her as well as meet girl friends from all parts of her life: college, law school, and her current life in Los Angeles. While my friend and I had visited Vegas several times in the past, some of the women in our group this time around were Vegas virgins. We, of course, initiated them into the ways of doing Vegas in a way that maximizes fun while minimizing hassle. Since not everyone could be on this trip, I thought it would be only fair to share the wisdom that I have gained over my many trips to Sin City. So, without further ado, here are the rules for girls who want to do Vegas RIGHT: