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Empire State of Mind

Posted in Asian Winter Odyssey 2010-11, Travel North America with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 6, 2013 by Yarn Over New York

The flight was very long

In mid-December 2010, it was time for me to take a three-week trip back to the USA for the holidays.  My first stop was good ol’ NYC to see my friends and enjoy the city’s unique energy.

Having never traveled half-way across the planet all in one go before, I was not prepared for the staggering jet-lag.  On my first night, my former roommate Nicole invited a friend over for a dinner party.  I remember sitting on the couch and chatting while Nicole cooked and then the next thing I remember is waking up on the couch- still seated in the exact same position at 2am.  Apparently, I simply passed out mid-conversation and missed the entire dinner.  I guess I’m lucky they didn’t put my hand in warm water or cover my face in shaving cream!

Good morning sofa!

After shaving my head in a hari krishna hair style in India, I needed to embrace the craziness.  So I bought some hair dye and headed over to Queens to see my friend Keiko.  She helped me dye my tuft bright blue.

She even gave me matching earrings!

My trip was so quick, luckily I had a chance to see a bunch of friends and also catch some beautiful sites in the city.

Lincoln Center

Dali exhibit at Time Warner Building

Pretty sky downtown

Flying cows (part of the Flying Animals installation by Caitlin Hurd)

Grace Church at night

And I’ll leave you with a quote that is not technically from a fortune cookie but should be.

See more photos of NYC here.

Read more about my travels here.

Beach Tour 09

Posted in European Summer Adventure 2009, Travel Europe with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 17, 2010 by Yarn Over New York

The European Summer Adventure Continues!

Day One

After almost two full weeks in Spain, Marshall and I collected my NYC friend BMo and rented a cute blue car for our week of wildness on the road.  We christened the car Petunia, said good-bye to Ana and set out on the road to Portugal.

BMo, Me and Marshall - clean (still sweaty but clean) and ready to go

I must confess, we had no real plan for the days to come.  We knew that we needed to return the car in Malaga in 7 days.  We knew we wanted to spend a lot of time at the beach(es).  We decided to “camp” on the beach(es) to save money and increase the “adventure” factor.  Please note my hair in the photo above.  You may notice that as the days wear on, it will change.  Also notice my tan.   Not too shabby in the photo above, but it too will change.

Spanish countryside (or are we in Portugal already?)

First stop - Lagos, Portugal - What a sunset!

After a long drive, we arrived in the beautiful town of Lagos.  The sea there is so flat, it looks like a lake, hence the name “Lagos.”  We found parking, changed clothes in the street and strolled into town.  I believe it was a Friday night (technically the day after Marshall’s birthday) and we were celebrating Marshall’s 33rd birthday!  We got dinner and hopped a couple of bars.

We drove a little out of town to the beach and parked the car.  We frolicked on the beach and Marshall took some amazing photos (see below).  We also stared at the sky and talked about “deep thoughts.”  It was the perfect first night of the Beach Tour 09.  Happy Birthday, Marshall.

Day Two

No sleeping on the beach Night One;  it was far too chilly.  We piled into the car with the windows cracked.  Not too bad.  Not great.  But not too bad.  Awake with the sun and off to the beach.  Ultimate destination, for the moment: Sagres – The End of the World (the Southwestern-most point of Europe).

On the way, we had to stop by this gorgeous gorgeous beach to sunbathe and take a dip.

Photo Shoot at the End of the World

In the evening we had dinner, drinks and some entertainment in Faro.

A Bird for Elise

Another beautiful sunset

Street Performance

Live Animated Interactive Projections

Finding a quiet beach to sleep on (or near) proved to be a little more difficult this night.  We drove around a lot and even attempted (unsuccessfully) to cross the border into Spain.  (The roads were blocked for construction).  Eventually we found a spot and spent another night with the three of us in the car.

Day Three

With daylight on our side, crossing into Spain proved much easier.  We spent most of Sunday in the beautiful (but extremely hot) city of Seville (Sevilla).  The architecture in this city is gorgeous and there are plenty of shady spots to find some relief from the sun.

BMo on the Bridge

Alcazar

The Cathedral - with a line of visitors wrapping around half the building. We settled for am outdoor view only.

That evening, we headed back for the coast to visit Cadiz.

Notice the hair, notice the tan, 3 days in

Marshall wears a hat (no bad hair days for him)

On this night, we were feeling particularly adventurous and decided to actually sleep ON the beach.  We bundled up and picked a nice spot and curled up for the night.  After an hour or so BMo gave up and headed back to the car.  Marshall and I managed to stick it out the whole night.  But let me just say, it was COLD.  Cold, frio, cold.  Even in the middle of the summer, it was still cold at night.

Day Four

After a quick shower on the beach, we set off again, exploring the Spanish coastline in search of a sunny spot filled with beautiful naked vacationers.

Along the way, we found an awesome dried up riverbed with old boats, anchors and lots of crabs!

Old Boat

Dirty rusty anchors

Crabs!

Beach for Rich People

Sunflowers and Windmills

Another beautiful beach

That night, we visited two more points of interest, Tarifa and Gilbratar.  Tarifa marks the southern point of Spain closest to Africa with the coast of Morocco only 14km away.  Gibraltar is a little part of Great Britain guarding the coast of Europe.  (Basically, it’s a big rock).

Another gorgeous sunset, our last time to see the sun sink into the sea

It's really just a big rock with a nice view from the top

That night we slept in the car again.  We had a brief visit from the police, but in the end, there was no trouble.  Oops.

Day Five

Still going strong.  Dirty, bad hair, sun tan.

We made a quick trip to the caves of Nerja.  Didn’t actually go into the caves, but took in the surrounding greenery.

Monument at Nerja

Roman Bridge

Canon on the Beach at Almunecar - Check out the hair!

Our New Friend in Nerja

Now would be a good time to mention that we discovered a wonderful new (to us) drink called Tinto de Verano.  It is cheap, it is plentiful and it is good.  It is red wine mixed with lemon Fanta.  I know, I know, it sounds terrible but you can buy it for about 60 cents per 2 liter bottle.  It’s like sangria without the fruit or the juice or the class.

cheap and tasty

We spent the night (in the car of course) at a serene beach called Maro.  It was so dark and secluded we sat for a long time on the beach watching the stars.  Gorgeous.

Day Six

Inland again, breakfast in Granada.

Churros y Chocolate

We wandered the town for fun souvenirs and hiked our way up the hill to the Alhambra.  (Due to insanely long lines and a craving to be seaside again, we did not actually go in, but just enjoyed the surrounding park area.)

Me in a Tree

BMo tries to get closer to God at the Alhambra

In the evening we re-visited the beach where we had slept the night before.

Maro- Serene at night - Beautiful by day

Three on the Beach

Day Seven

Our last day!  BMo and Marshall were ready to head to Berlin and I was setting off for Aix-en-Provence, France to visit my friend Scott.

But none of this would happen without a bit more adventure first.  We returned the rental car on time and just under our mileage limit in Malaga.  We found the hostel were the boys would stay that night and got directions to the bus station for me.

Malaga - one last city

The Roman Theatre

Nothing Makes You Read This, But You Do - as seen in the ladies' toilet

There was a beach and we did visit it.  But for some odd reason, none of us took any photos of it.  Believe me, it was quite nice.

Check the tan, and the hair and the glass of tinto de verano

What a happy end to an awesome week of adventure.  See more photos here.  Read about more European Summer Adventure in past blogs and in more blogs to come.