Day 65: Learning Icelandic

Tomorrow is a big night, what with the True Detective finale and my moonshine date with Mr. Dixon. So I figured I should find a useful way to pass the time…and I realized, hey, wait a minute…I’m go in’ to Iceland soon! I don’t have to live my life vicariously through my TV and film “family” […]

Day 60: Taking a Snow Day in the Sun

While everyone back home is holed up courtesy of the latest storm, due to a fortuitous work trip I’m enjoying my snow day among the palm trees. This is the first time I’ve been “stuck” in a tropical place because of weather; usually it happens the other way around, where I’m trying to get away […]

Day 57: Writing a NYC Haiku

Reflecting off glass, His taxi passes by me– My tea, I savor. _________________________ Each day of 2014, I’m forcing encouraging myself to have at least one new experience (and chronicling it to keep it real). If you’re interested in why–though I can’t for the life of me imagine anyone would be that bored–check out the […]

Day 49: Bidding Bye to Puerto Rico

One last morning stroll on the beach, a short tour by our hosts of Condado, lunch and then back to reality. Condado appears to be upscale and geared largely toward the tourist trade (and let’s face it, we *are* tourists). It has beautiful beaches and we had a delicious, if painfully slow, lunch.  (When traveling to […]

Day 48: Soul-Searching in Old San Juan

After zip lining (which excluded me, natch), we took to the streets of Old San Juan. As expected, buildings painted vibrant peach, yellow, and green-blue hues stood side-by-side. Sadly, many of them donned signs like Pizza Hut and Subway, or were shuttered with for sale signs. Puerto Rico’s economy for a number of reasons is […]

Day 47: Racing Around Puerto Rico

Today we poked around the District of Carolina a bit more, including a visit to the historic El San Juan Hotel with its over-the-top but beautiful interior. I could imagine Frank Sinatra stepping out of the shadows at any moment, fedora cocked, crooked smile (no pun or hints at his mob ties intended, here). After […]

Day 46: Swooning Over San Juan

Not all of my posts are major wins and, admittedly, some of my “experiences” barely qualify as such. (Really? Sending James Franco a message and figuratively putting Seth Rogen over my knee? Wearing bright red lipstick?) This one, however, I think truly counts. Day 1, Puerto Rico, first stop Isla Verde, which is very resort-minded […]

Day 42: Jumping on the Travel Bandwagon, or Puerto Rico Bound

Hot Warm on the heels of my Iceland-ticket-buying high, I snatched up tickets to go to Puerto Rico this weekend.  I figured it would be good for my recovery to soak in some warm, beach-y weather before heading to a place that has frozen water as its namesake. In light of my promise to try new […]

Day 18: Hovering Over Iceland

I’m on an airline site, hovering over the “confirm purchase” button. (Yes, that really is my finger). By now it’s pretty apparent from past posts that I really want to go to Iceland. Well, fares are lower than they’ve been for quite a while (I know this because I signed up to get fare alerts, […]

Day 8: Entering Travel Sweepstakes

In hopes that excitement finds me (note to Universe: Here I am! Find me!), today I’m trying the following new activity:  entering online travel sweepstakes. I never do this sort of thing because of a paralyzing fear of SPAM that rivals that of my fetal-position-rocking-back-and-forth terror of Charlie McCarthy ventriloquism dolls. Naturally, I assume entering […]

Day 6: Randomly Generating My Vacation

Hot on the heels of my “let-someone-else-decide” experiment yesterday, today I found an online random vacation generator.  Apparently such devices are geared toward unimaginative doofi who can’t come up with their own trip ideas…and me. One clicks. One sees where one is destined to go. Huh. The stars say I am to head to Lisbon. I […]