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December 2nd, 2013
The one below is the Arch which is the most famous landmark here in Cabo San Lucas. You can take a boat tour and have some pretty amazing opportunities to take pictures of the rocks.
There is so much to do there: from shopping, to swimming with dolphins, to seeing the multicultural differences, to the relaxing beach, and meeting celebrities. In the past, several celebrities have gone such as Rihanna and Jennifer Aniston to Tom Cruise and Beyoncé.
This peninsula is a great getaway to having fun on the beach, the water is nice in certain non-crowded spots. Plus, they have an amazing taco place, the best in the world! It’s that good! It’s called Asi y Asada Parilla.
Just remember to relax and have fun, you’re not going to be able to do everything in one day! Take your time and enjoy the cultural atmosphere!
November 26th, 2013
By far the best thing on my family’s Disney cruise had to be the food! I had never had gourmet food that actually filled me up before. I am a very picky eater and the waiters knew exactly what to serve me and my family by the second night on the cruise. On the ship, the waiters follow your family from restaurant to restaurant to always be your servers so they know what you like or don’t. They knew me by the first night and recommended dishes to me along our voyage.
One thing I absolutely loved was that there was no shortage of Mickey Bars onboard. They were amazing!
Pasta and seafood were my family’s favorites and the lobster tail was to die for! We did eat a lot but we also did a lot of walking up and down the stairs and at the ports, so we wouldn’t pack on the pounds.
There were also no limits as to how many plates you could order. My mother could not decide between two of the entrees, so the waiter surprised her with both, much to her embarrassment. Room service is also included, free of charge, which is a nice perk. However, we never tried it because the main dinners were very satisfying.
My favorite dish was the Steak and the William Potato and for desert it included a Mickey Bar and a Lava Cake.
Don’t hold back on trying new things, you just might be surprised you will like it in the end!
November 23rd, 2013
I travel west. I travel to visit my family, some of whom I have never met before. This coast is foreign to me. The mountains rise above Venice beach; I feel like I’m dreaming. And what a dream it is.
I’ve had turkey neatloaf (not a spelling error, it’s just neat). I’ve had West Coast bagels. I’ve had blackened mahi mahi. I’ve enjoyed Mexican pizza and Italian tacos. All of it is fantastic. All of it, though, feels imported. What is Los Angeles food? There isn’t one dish. They have everything. But they have no specialties.
My brother–about to be married–took us on a tour around the beach and the promenade. All around were remnants from bygone eras: Record stores from the 70′s, old movie rental joints ( with titles like “Vidiots”), street art on places where you can almost smell the hair spray and see the jump suits of the 80′s. All the retroness is contrasted by the modern art installations, e.g., a huge beehive made of intertwining metal that catches the sun at a certain time each day. And by the sprawling complexes like the promenade. The place used to be a mall straight out of the 80′s. Now it’s an outside shopping center (even that word is a modern euphemism) that boasts all the American commodities like Disney, Urban Outfitters, [Insert clever frozen yogurt shop name].
Behind the California sheen, I see pieces of Jersey here. Those who live close to the ocean know the vibe. The vastness is humbling, inspiring, and most of all enchanting.
Though Venice lies just a few miles from Hollywood, the people here are constantly reminded of their own humanity. People here are happy. Not because they live in the land of eternal summer. Not because they have restaurants geared towards gourmet food under 500 calories. Not because their streets are heated if the temperature drops to a chilling 60 degrees. It is because the shore beckons from every street.
There are codes in place that prevent construction above a certain height, that way the beach can always be seen. We Jerseyians know the blessing of being shore-grown.
November 23rd, 2013
Community and Crisis. Any seasoned traveler will know how to reconcile the two, will know that the two go hand in hand, will know that when crisis creates an upheaval in community, the latter attempts to reconstruct, to mend.
On my flight over to the west coast, I looked at a lone lady, mid 50′s, alone in the three-seat row over my left shoulder. She looked like she was in the throes of a nightmare, convulsing in her seat.
About five seconds went by, and another passenger said in a worried tone, “I think that woman is having a stroke.”
The flight attendants were called. They inspected the woman who was, in fact, having a seizure, a living nightmare. And a scene straight out of a movie unfolded. The flight attendants hurried to the front of the plane and addressed the passengers, saying over the phone, “Is there a doctor on board? If so, please press your overhead call button.” Five lights lit up. Five strangers got up from their seats and headed to the back of the plane.
They huddled around the passenger, who by that point was passed out. They checked her pulse, checked her blood pressure (one doctor from UCLA, had her stethoscope), and checked her overhead luggage for any seizure medication. The flight attendees brought saline, which they hung from nook in the overhead. She stabilized. We landed. All went well. The community healed.
Flash forward to my brother’s wedding, a few days after my flight to the west coast:
A family friend, Juan, passed out after wobbling back and forth and becoming incredibly pale. The may have been due to no real food in quite a while or perhaps low blood sugar. As soon as he did, my brother’s best friend, Mike–a hulking man, chief in the navy–bent over Juan, pointed at me and said forcefully, “You. Call 911.” I called and told the police that a man had just passed out at my brother’s wedding. They connected me to the ambulance who asked what was happening.
Luckily, by the time they patched me through, Juan had awoken. An Aunt told me to get bread. A friend told me to get water. I would have been a tad overwhelmed (this was deep into the night) if it wasn’t for the extremely helpful catering staff, who sprung into action as soon as they heard about Juan.
Bread. Water. Comfort. Subtlety. Juan was fine and the wedding continued marvelously. No one even know aside from Mike, my Aunt, and myself…and of course Juan.
Again. Community mends itself when crisis threatened its stability.
These are lessons all travelers will learn. They will learn about community. They will learn about the lurking crisis. They will learn how to recognize crisis. They will learn to be part of the mending process.
November 22nd, 2013
Throughout our family’s travel we’ve seen many cultures. I have to say that Andalusia Spain was one of my favorites. I’ve learned Spanish in school since I was in kindergarten so when we arrived in Spain and I was actually able to read signs and understand people!
Everywhere in Andalusia is beautiful. Stunning sugar cube villages perched on the hills. Avocado, orange, and pomegranate trees in the fields and lining the streets. Amazing patterned cobblestone streets that lined the villages. Everything about Andalusia will draw you in.
While in Andalusia we visited many different villages and cities, they each had the same charm but their own specialness as well. Spain has lots of stunning nature walks everywhere that everyone would enjoy. Also the people were very kind and helpful. The food in Andalusia was spectacular as well. Tapas is a MUST try. Olives, baguettes, cheese, olive oil, and of course lots of fresh produce from the farms.
One of the nice things about Spain is the temperature. I love warm weather so Spain is perfect for cold months. On weekends we would sometimes drive down to the beach and lie in the sun listening to the Mediterranean sea.
Sometimes people ask me what my favorite part of Spain was. But honestly I don’t have a favorite. All aspects of Spain together made it was everything together that just made it all so special. It was such a completely different culture to what I was used to, and I loved it. I would go back to Andalusia in a heartbeat. It’s just one of those places that should be on everyone’s bucket list.