Thursday, July 7, 2011
Thursday, June 30, 2011
so off i am to VEGAS again in september. maybe i'll check out photoshop world, and maybe not - $600 for the exhibit and the workshop i REALLY want to attend is sold out and therefore unavailable - WTF! that's a lot of pocketmoney for...let's see....umbrella drinks and gambling fun!
we shall see.
Thursday, May 8, 2008
Monday, April 21, 2008
we took tons of pics and i nearly broke a bone hiking on lava rocks, felt like an idiot but alas, that is what happens to old people. typing of old, steve and i were the oldest people on board of the encantada motor sail boat. what a trip that was! it was more like a pirate ship than a cruise boat, no hot water, food was great and the fellow travelers a pleasure to be around. great, great experience. and very overwhelming!
my fav. were probably the albatross and blue footed boobie. the animals are not afraid of humans but it is strictly forbidden to touch them.
i do not want to return to the states. i think i will get a job here at the hotel, steve can work as a boat mechanic and we will live happily ever after. work - job - money - it is all so overrated. life is better here and this trip has changed me.
or maybe we will buy a sailboat and raise our kid there - far, far away from all the BS....i am just so afraid of returning to the states.....
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Friday, April 11, 2008
04/16: off to galapagos at 10:00 a.m. on AeroGal, arrive in baltra at around 10:40 a.m., where we'll be met by our guide and taken to the encantada.
THE CRUISE BEGINS:
4/16 (wed): Baltra, Santa Cruz highlands, Charles Darwin station
4/19: San Cristobal: Leon dormido, Isla lobos, Santa Fé
4/20: North Seymour, Baltra
END OF CRUISE
4/20: board ferry to santa cruz island, check into Red Mangrove Adventure Inn
4/22: board ferry to baltra island, catch flight (~noon) to guayaquil, ecuador - check into unipark
4/23: return to the states
HOLY SH*T! THAT'S A FREGGIN AWESOME ITINERARY! lol
i'm feeling pretty alive just thinking about our upcoming adventure!
Thursday, April 10, 2008
we're super excited, that's for sure, and we're leaving next tuesday (not soon enough). here's a pic of our motor sail boat, the encantada. she's a beauty, isn't she?
Monday, February 18, 2008
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
our trip to austria came and went, but what a trip it was! i got to see my nieces (can't even describe how much i love my little angels), got to see my mom, my sis, all my friends - it was fabulous. we drank wayyyy too much at the pub and mom cooked wayyyy too much yummy food :) oh - and we even got upgraded to economy plus enroute to europe - it's like an upgraded sardine class, really not all that shabby in all fairness. we had plenty of legroom and i think i slept for 3 or 4 hours after i watched 'into the wild'. (needless to say i cried myself to sleep.)
then off to ischgl we went where we had some of the best skiing conditions i've ever experienced - but we also got stuck in complete whiteout on the mountain one day and that got my heart beating there for a second! i felt strangely alive and scared at the same time, and steve was such a trooper and reassured me that 'we are gonna make it' the entire time.
at any rate - we definitely had a grand time and enjoyed the slopes in switzerland just as much as the ones on the austrian side of the alps (pre- and post whiteout...)
if you're reading this post because you've googled the keyword ISCHGL then i have only one thing to say: GO. it's a charming little resort village, skiing is great there, food's awesome and the wine's are very tasty as well :)
we stayed at a little b&b - bergheim vergiel. mrs. pfeiffer was extremely sweet and spoiled us from the minute we stepped into her beautiful home -- the breakfasts she served us where from out of this world.
the two restaurants we loved the most were the walser stube in mathon (3 miles west of ischgl) and the baurakucha loba in the center of ischgl. both were fabulous, but the walser stube rocked! it's a 400-year old farm house that was recently restored and there's even a privately-sponsored museum in the farm's attic.
Sunday, January 6, 2008
life couldn't be better at the moment. i feel like i'm on top of the world and i'm having unusually empowering dreams lately - in my last one i showed off to all my friends how easy it was to fly. there ya go - try topping that one. so the answer is yes, i CAN fly [lol].
and i have resolutions for the new year, yes i do. wanna hear? ok, well, i'm the queen of LOL and i want to change that. no more lols. here's one last one....LOL.
i want to eat better. and less. and i want to live life to its fullest. i want to risk more, worry less, and travel more.
at any rate - i'm excited. looks like 2008 is going to be a grand year!!!!
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Friday, October 5, 2007
good grief, i'm good and ready for a nice, long, warm, and relaxing vacation. sister tracey is almost on her way and steve and i will be arriving in CUN on sunday. a few last-minute things and off i go - and what's unsettling is that after mexico i have absolutely no trips planned. NOT GOOD.
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
(i followed the Stazione FS/Railway Station signs - very easy to find). i didn't get my ticket from a machine, there was a guy who waved me over and he asked me if i was going downtown and he wrote me ticket right there on the spot - it was 11 euros.
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
so, let me just start this blog entry by saying I AM HAVING A HECK OF A TIME TYPING THIS as this keyboard is driving me insane! lots of keys that look oh so unfamiliar to me but alas -- i will manage.
cannot curse here i am in a convent. trust me, i would, but i am trying to keep it clean.
i flew air one from linz to roma via vienna this morning and got to the eternal city right after noon. i (along with all the other passengers of my flight -- all 10 of them....) waited at carousel 10 and we waited and waited and none of our suitcases showed. turned out the luggage came out on carousel 9. so, if you ever travel to rome, donàt trust the info thatàs depicted on the monitors.
then our flight attendendant from iad to fra had told me that when buying the ticket for the leonardo express not do validate it -- they never check it anyway, she said. well, little does she know. luckily i had validated mine, so i did not get into too much trouble.
the convent i am staying at is located in the ancient city, which means it is literally only 5 mins from the coliseum and the forum, and needless to say everything is pretty breathtaking!!!!!!!!!! i think i will takle the vaticane tomorrow, i am pretty hyped about seeing the sistine chapel. ironically, the pope is on his way to austria...oh well, perhaps our paths will cross another time....
i made it down to the coliseum today, had a really nice pizza and a heineken on the steps of some piazza very close to the convent and chatted with some locals. very low key, very nice though.
i am tired as heck; i think i am going to bed soon. plus the keyboard situation is killing me!
consider yourself hugged ;)
CIAO è tanti bacci!
Saturday, July 14, 2007
i'm leaving at 5:18 this evening, i have overpacked as never before (i'm on an anti rick stevens crusade...) and i cannot wait to see my family. lucy and the kids are going to be at the airport - i'm sooooo looking forward to seeing sabine and melanie!
i'll be heading to roma on tuesday -- which will also be my first chance to go online. so, if you don't hear from me until then please don't worry.
tanti saluti e a presto!
Friday, July 6, 2007
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
tracey and annie arrived at the nugget at ~ midnight on friday and even though i'd already been in bed, i promptly got up when i got their call and we headed on over to binions for their 3.99 breakfast deal. mmmmm! i love breakfast! it kind of sets the stage for an entire day, and what better food is there than breakfast food?!
andra, vickie, tammy, sheila, and lindy arrived in the early afternoon on saturday and after the new members of the sisterhood were given their necklaces we headed to our rooms and got ready for the evening, which consisted of drinking and singing karaoke at ellis island. well, lindy and i took care of the head banging while vickie and tammy sang karaoke!
it was just as hot on day two as it was on day one so annie, tracey, and i headed to the pool fairly early in the morning as we didn't really have anything else planned except hang out and drink beer and mojitos (see a pattern here?)
the beer was served in buckets, and we'd take turns buying them; it was almost like a ritual of such great importance as if our lives had depended on us having a bucket sitting in front of us at all times.
the beer bucket! and the fun thing about it is: you don't have to go to the beer store for them! you get them right from the pool bar!
at any rate, we had a blast!!!!
Sunday, June 17, 2007
luzia: was sag'st zu meina neich'n hittn?
at any rate....we hosted a little bbq yesterday evening and i'm still 'suffering'. those mojitos were pretty potent and i'm not sure what all was said but i clearly remember O. andy threatening to send out a google to the people who failed to pay me for a photo shoot.
andy proceeded to interrogate me about things (illegal things) i've done in the past and i think i shocked him quite a bit when i told him that the worst thing i've ever done was to tell my friends that i had a pool at my house (it was a complete lie - i just wanted them to hang out with me and figured i'd have a better shot if i told them we had a pool).
the worst part was that they took off the minute they noticed that i didn't have a pool.
that's a desperate little kid right there....
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Monday, May 28, 2007
dixi (79) and john (84) are steve's step-grandparents. john hates the germans and japanese and he has some of the most amazing war stories to tell.
they came over for cake and coffee yesterday and we really enjoyed their company. great folks -- great country -- happy memorial day!
typing of memorial day (weekend): this weekend marks the anniversary of a few milestones in my life; they are:
- 10 years ago: broke my hip rollerblading
- 3 years ago: received the american citizenship
- 1 year ago: got commissioned as a notary public in the state of maryland
Monday, May 21, 2007
F-22 Raptor, F-16 (Fighting Falcon) Thunderbirds, The Skytypers, F/A-18F Super Hornet, Sean Tucker -- just to name a few of the attractions.
oh yeah - i got a big hug from sean tucker!!!! this guy is absolutely crazy if you ask me; he flies the oracle challenger bi-plane - a monster of a bi-plane with 400 HP (that's PS in the old world).
the pics on the right are of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds. steve and i were disappointed at first because we favor the blue angels, but we were pleasantly surprised by this year's show the birds put on. RESPECT!
essential links for every india-trip planner:
INDIA ON $1500 [AI] -- here's how i did it:
- 3 nights at the delhi bed and breakfast: $170.00
- 2 days driver in delhi (Atma): $70.00
- 2 nights at hotel pearl palace: $27.00
- 2 nights at the rambagh palace: $70.00
- train (shatabdi express) from delhi to agra: $16.00
- COMMUTER bus from agra to jaipur: $2.90
- A/C deluxe bus from jaipur to delhi: $15.00 - meeting all the curious kids along the way: PRICELESS