I have 9 hours layover in Dubai. What do I do? First, travel light. When people talk about traveling light, most of the time they mean traveling with just a carry-on. In some cases, it isn’t practical for everyone. I travel light meaning I travel with international size carry-on along with my purse/tote. So, I can easier carry it on the plane if needed. However, with any layovers I have and I have intentions of leaving the airport, I check in my carry-on leaving me with just my purse/tote. I do not have to worry about the airport having a luggage locker as I prepare to exit the airport.
As much as I love Chicago and it’s unpredictable weather, it is take to go on the road again. This time around, I am taking you to an island country I’m the India Ocean. It is not as remote as San Blas, Panama but it’s a long trip from home and I think it will be worth the journey. Can you guess which country? I have yet to pack or even booked accommodations and I take off in less than 5 days. YIKES! Wish me luck.
It’s officially the 35th day of the year. So, it is perfect timing to reflect on the past year as I have officially settled into the new year. 2011 was the year that changed my life but 2014 was the year that brought meaning and more excitement to my life. If someone told me that my 2014 would be what it became, I would have not believed it.
Today is the day! Well, yesterday was the day my adult swimming class was supposed to begin but low enroll resulted in class cancellation. However, the folks at my local YMCA placed me in their Wednesdays’ class. The course is for eight weeks. I will be finished a week before I take off to New York.
Even though it had been over five years since we graduated from high school, it has always been a yearly goal to meet up and reminisce about our youth while celebrating the present and plotting the future with my high school friends. We went from spending eight class periods together for four years to sending Facebook and text messages to each other once in a while. Nevertheless, when we come together, everything remains the same.
In exactly two months, I’ll be back in New York but leaving for my two month backpacking (I’m not sure if I exactly want to backpack yet) trip to Europe and Asia. My first stop will be Milan then the world is mine. In the meantime, I’ll be reminiscent of my love for New York and share with you some things you can do for free (or as your budget permits):
First of all, happy new month! I spent the last couple of days in August traveling back to Chicago from New York and living in a frantic. In the midst of this, I was stuck in the number 5 train on my way to the Bronx Zoo for over an hour, wasted another hour trying to find ELF Cosmetics store in Midtown then rushed to Queens at 7pm to finish packing and to LaGuardia Airport in hope of not missed my 8:55pm flight (I had to check my luggages in at least 50 minutes). Luckily, I received a text message from Southwest giving noticed of my flight being delayed more than an hour and I didn’t complain because I am almost always running late.
One of my girlfriend, Tiara, became married to her college sweetheart, William, this Labor Day weekend and there was no better reason to be back home in Chicago. I met Tiara my first semester of college after experiencing roommate problems. She was one of the first girl friends I became friends with and also my dorm neighbor. Since then, she has become a valued friends. There are some friendship that does not need constant communication and this is one of them. Life goals and aspirations may drift us apart from cities, countries and continents, but we will always pick up from where we left off.
Different countries, cities and towns are known for certain things. Some are bad, while others are good. However, they usually stem off stereotypes and/or one’s experience that is then used as a standard. New York City is no different. Although NYC is known for its diversity, abundance of restaurants, good food, interesting scenes– essentially tourism central, etc., one common misconception that people have about NYC is that New York people are rude or even worse, the rudest of them all.
When living in a major city like New York or Chicago, it is good to take a weekend getaway or a day trip outside of your major city. This is a must do even when just visiting. There are so many places to getaway to from the concrete jungle where dreams are made of, New York. You can take a short trip to the Hamptons or Greenport in Long Island, NY or Newport, Rhode Island or Buffalo, NY, et al. You have a vast array of options. This time around we should Margaretville in the Catskills Region, a two and a half hour drive in ridiculous New York traffic.
Oh, how I wish I was able to visit Cinque Terre in the summer time! The Italian Riviera (as all parts of Italy) is a vacation hot spot year round BUT I could kill to be in Cinque Terre right now. Cinque Terre (five villages) are coastal villages in the Liguria region of Italy, facing the Mediterranean. These villages are contained by a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Cinque Terre National park.