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Time for a vacation?

28 May

Time for a vacation?

You know it’s time for a vacation when a bird flies into your car and poops all over. Gross.

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Why Russians aren’t smiling

29 Apr

A lot of Americans that come home from a quick trip to Russia ask me why Russians are so mean. I always respond that Russians aren’t mean at all, and, in fact, they are some of the kindest people that I know. What makes Russians seem mean is simply a cultural difference in what facial expressions are appropriate and when.

I came across this blog post about why Russians don’t smile like Americans do, and I couldn’t have said it better myself. Anyone who is planning a trip to Russia would be wise to read this blog post about why Russians don’t smile.

A Stalin era poster. "Be vigilant. Even walls are listening nowadays. Chat and gossip are not far from high treason. DO NOT CHAT!"

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Atlantis and hipness: Something I have in common with the Obamas

26 Mar

I learned a little something about logical reasoning back in the day, and I think this is the perfect conclusion, based on the premises. Here goes:

The Obamas are apparently vacationing at Atlantis in the Bahamas.

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I vacationed at the Atlantis in the Bahamas.

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The Obamas are hip.

Therefore, I am hip.

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New York, New York! Let it be a gamble!

4 Mar

New York is one of those places you can visit every year, and find something new and interesting to do every time you go. To me, it seems like I get more bang for my buck in New York than almost any other place, because the city is jam packed with fun.

Of course, if you’re headed to New York, you want to see the regular travel guide book stuff like the Empire State Building (preferably with your sweetie), Ellis Island, The Statue of Liberty, the Met, the Guggenheim, Ground Zero, and eat a New York Street Dog, but I think one of the best ways to experience New York is to let things in New York find you.

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My bro and I seeing the regular fun stuff in NYC.

My favorite way to travel to New York is on a short vacation, and not to make any actual plans beforehand. I know that sounds kinda nutty, but there is so much to do in New York, each time you go, you will experience something new and interesting.

There are so many great restaurants in NYC (both hole-in-the-wall, and fancy), so just stumble in one whenever you get hungry. Check the local guides for what art exhibits are happening where, and check it out whatever sounds interesting. Also, check out what is happening in Soho, Chelsea and other fun districts. Walk down the streets of Chinatown, Little Italy, or Russian-themed Brighton beach, and get some culture. Show up at the TXTS booth and get tickets to whatever show is on sale. Pick out what kind of dancing sounds fun, and then find any club that matches your groove for the night. Really, you can’t go wrong.

Mary Poppins on Broadway in NYC

TXTS brought us to Mary Poppins on this NYC visit.

The only thing I would say to plan on is a place to stay and transportation schedules. Hotels/hostels book up fast, and there are rats on the street at night, so sleeping on the streets is gonna bum you out if you don’t plan in advance. Also, figure out when the subway runs. The last thing you want to do is be stuck somewhere expecting to take the subway, only to find yourself gated out of the station. I’ve experienced that, and it’s not fun.

Fire Island

Once upon a long time ago, Zach and I thought we found an Octopus on Fire Island. Great place to visit on an NYC trip, btw. Just don’t waste your time chasing sea animals.

 

Visit the Homestead in Midway, Utah

20 Feb
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Homestead in Midway, Utah

Utah is full of surprises. One of Utah’s great surprises is a little city in the middle of the mountains called Midway. You’ll know you’ve run into Midway when you start feeling like you’ve stumbled upon an area that looks more like Switzerland than any place in the United States. Midway is quaint, beautiful, and there are a lot of fun adventures to be had here in this small town.

Last week, it being Valentine’s Day and all, my husband stole me away to a nice getaway at the Homestead in Midway. The Homestead is the perfect place to visit if you’re looking for a fun, romantic, and moderately priced staycation in Utah. Besides enjoying the gorgeous town of Midway, here are some fun things you can do at the Homestead.

Swim – Of course, they have the regular indoor pool and hot tub, but the fun doesn’t stop there. They also offer snorkeling and scuba diving in…get this…a natural cave, similar to a Mexican cenote. The water is warm, the dive is fun, and it’s a great way to enjoy a bit of scuba diving in the middle of nowhere.

Hiking/Snowshoeing – There are a lot of amazing places to hike, or snowshoe, depending on the season. You can either find an empty trail yourself, or ask the front desk what trail they recommend.

Other Activities – There are a few ski resorts that aren’t too far away, if you’re planning to make a weekend out of staying at the Homestead. If not, check out some of the cool ice sculptures around the area. If you’re visiting during the summer, consider golfing, or visiting the spa. Oh yeah.

The Homestead is the perfect little place for a fun getaway in Utah. 

Hello Nashville! Hello Music City!

19 Nov

Some highlights of my recent trip to Nashville.

1. CMAs – Woo woo! Country music is a new thing for me, and I mean v. new. I’ve never been big into country music, but I figure if I’m looking to move to music city, and since my husband drums in a country band, I should probably check out the country music scene. Turns out, I like it. Carry Underwood. Miranda Lambert. Little Big Town. Taylor Swift. The Civil Wars. Oh yeah. I can do this.

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A pic of Little Big Town taken from our seats 100 miles away!

2. Country Music Hall of Fame – This was an awesome museum. If you’re into music, you gotta come check out the scene. If you’re poor, consider going after 4:00, because tickets are 1/2 off, and it’s easy to see the whole museum in an hour.

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Country Music Hall of Fame

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Gold and Platinum records. B’s record will be here someday soon!

3. Frist — Into art? Check out the exhibits at the Frist in downtown Nashville. Right now, they are featuring Carrie Mae Weems and Brian Aflred. Not only is the art great, but they have a great center to learn how to produce art. Take your kids, or enjoy it yourself. It’s fun. Brandon and I went crazy learning all about art.

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Frist Museum in Nashville

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Art workshop at the Frist!

4. Grand Ole Opry – So, we happened to go to the Grand Ole Opry on the day it was closed. Yeah, super bummer, but the good news is it’s not closed forever. Mark it down for future fun.

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Playing the guitar at the Grand Ole Opry.

5. Broadway! Check out Broadway for fun local music.

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Brandon playing with a band at the Honky Tonk on Broadway.

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Gem #1 from Nashville

9 Nov

I don’t know about you, but a huge part of going on a vacation is finding fun places to eat. By fun places to eat, I mean delicious food, great prices, and one of a kind. If you are thinking Applebee’s, or something, then we’re not on the same page here, and I call you to food loving repentance.

My husband and I spent the last week in Nashville and we stumbled on a few excellent food finds, but the best by far was Sam’s Sushi on the corner of Church and Printer’s Alley. Holy smokes, this place is awesome, and if you go to Nashville, you have to go there.

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It’s a small, dumpy little square building, but it’s run by a cute Japanese man that is down for a good conversation. We managed to talk football, politics, and he even told us the great places to park for free, which is great advice considering parking in Nashville is an expensive beast.

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Not only is the conversation great, but the prices are amazing. It’s anywhere from $2-$4 for a roll. Yes, you heard right. That’s $2-$4 for a whole roll, and they are GINORMOUS. My husband and I will usually order 4-5 rolls to share when we go to any of the popular sushi places in Utah. These rolls were so big that we shared 3 and were stuffed!

The rolls aren’t 100% the best sushi I have ever eaten in my entire life, but they are delicious and the value is amazing.

When you go to Nashville (and you should, because it’s rad), make sure to make the trek to Printer’s Alley and eat at this wonderful place.

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Also, they had this weird drink I’d never seen before, so, naturally, I had to try it.Image

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