Monday, July 27, 2015

50 Travel Tips

I've been compiling a list of travel tips for the past few months. I came up with 50, though I suspect I'll be able to keep adding to the list as I learn and experience more.
A lot of what I'm putting in this list has been shared before in separate posts. I thought it would be nice to compile everything.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Baby Robins

This story begins sometime in late May. Every morning, I would wake up, get ready for work, pack my lunch and head to my car, which is parked in the driveway next to a big hedge. Every morning, a bird would fly out of the bush, freaked out by my presence, and I would be just as freaked out.

Tired of being assaulted by the bird, I decided I wanted to knock the nest out. I figured it would be good for the bird too, seeing as she was having daily heart attacks anytime I walked by. Well, the nest had to stay because guess what? There were two newly hatched baby birds and an egg hanging out in there.

So, instead of being cranky about Mama Robin flying out every morning, I took this as an opportunity to get really gung-ho about nature and the circle of life and I started photographing the baby birds whenever I get a chance (re: when Mama's not home).

I can't remember if I mentioned this here, but my friend H sent me a link to a live feed webcam of baby eagles earlier in the spring. Eventually, the webcam got pooped on and then flipped upside down and I went into baby bird withdrawal so this has been a nice pick-me-up.
I've done my best to note the dates of each photo just so you have an idea of the growth progression. According to Wikipedia, the eggs are incubated for two weeks and then once they're hatched, the babies leave the nest another two weeks later, which I find fascinating because that's such a short time to grow up and learn to fly.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Brunch at Crosby Street Hotel

A few weekends ago, I met up with some friends to have brunch at the Crosby Street Hotel Restaurant. It was a cloudy and bizarrely chilly but still an enjoyable afternoon.
I live in a small town suburb about 25 miles west of the city which means I have about 72 different options for getting into New York. I can drive, take a train, take a bus, or do a combination. Since we were meeting downtown, I decided to drive into Harrison, park my car in a garage, and then take the PATH into the World Trade Center.

Monday, July 06, 2015

Introverts Make Great Travelers

I am (what I consider) a classic introvert. I need time away from humans to "recharge my batteries," if you will, and I look forward to weekends where my only plans are to be at home for a full 48 hours on my own. I thrive in my independence. I screen my phone calls and it takes me ages to respond to texts. I love deep and meaningful conversations so I can't stand idle chit chat. I'm rarely bored because my brain is always churning. People always mistake me for being shy or untalkative when in reality, I'm just processing so I can thoughtfully and productively contribute to a discussion.
What's my point? I think introverts make excellent travelers and here's why:
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