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Holy Jetlag Batman!!! There’s 19 hours of sunlight today!

Holy Jetlag Batman!!! There’s 19 hours of sunlight today!

One thing I didn’t realize here is that by coming at the height of midsummer here, there will almost be no darkness for me to sleep in!From today’s table, there will be almost 19 hours of sunlight … I guess I will really be doing some hardcore touring of Helsinki, seeing everything in the equivalent of days that are twice as long! What’s crazy is that each day from now gets a couple minutes less sunlight each day … this isn’t rocket science, but when you’re from a Caribbean island, you’re accustomed to fairly rigid 12 hours of sunlight all ... Read More »

Wednesday Photo Nights #8 : Jersusalem : Could you eat olives from the Garden of Gethsemane?

Sitting here at Frankfurt Airport and waiting on my connection to Helsinki, I was munching on a plate of Olives and it got me to thinking and wondering perversely, if anyone had eaten olives from the Garden of Gethsemane. These olive trees are reputed to be more than 900 years old. I would figure that if there was anywhere you could have bought those olives, it would be the Via Dolorosa Going through all the alleys and shops around … you would figure it should have been possible … right? Going through those pictures, there are many places I want ... Read More »

What says “Happy Birthday” to me more than a 9 country trip?

So yes, it’s my birthday! For my birthday, I’ve planned out the following trip that is to happen over the next couple weeks. With a couple stops along the way, I’m going to be revisiting some places I’ve been to before and going to be in some new places. The high level itinerary involves the following booking : YYZ-BDL-EWR-HEL-EWR-PTY-GUA-PTY-EWR-BDL-YYZ-BCN-IST-BCN-YYZ High Level Summary 14 segments 26032 miles 2 days 10:58 Unique Airports 8 Carriers 1 Countries 7 Vehicles 0 Distance Total flown 26032 mi Around the world 1.05x To the Moon 0.109x To Mars 0.0008x Journey records Longest HEL↔EWR, 4111 mi, 08:43 ... Read More »

Wednesday Photo Nights #7 : Trinidad at FIFA World Cup 2006

Wednesday Photo Nights #7 : Trinidad at FIFA World Cup 2006

As a Trini growing up in the late 80′s and 90′s … I have two moments of disappointment. The first was the series loss of the West Indies to Australia in ’95. The second traumatic incident was Trinidad’s loss to the Americans on November 19th, 1989 in Port of Spain. This match is actually in the FIFA list of all time classic qualifiers – except that WE LOST!! It was the first time, I’ve seen a nation’s collective psyche physically crushed … I bawled like a little girl that day, like I had lost a parent or something. I think ... Read More »

Turkey, I’m coming for you … planning 72 hours in Istanbul

Turkey, I’m coming for you … planning 72 hours in Istanbul

Well I can’t say I’m not excited by my upcoming Turkish adventure, coming on the heels of a three week spree through Finland,Estonia, Latvia and then directly on to Guatemala and El Salvador. The following weeks look something like this Finland, Estonia and Latvia :  June 28th – July 5th Guatemala & El Salvador : July 5th – July 15th Spain, Turkey and Greece : July 19th – August 10th Can’t say I’m not stoked at the possibility of Cappadocia and running around rampant in Istanbul for 72 hours with cameras in hand at the Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace and the Hagia ... Read More »

The 10 Steps to planning a DIY tour of Ephesus

The 10 Steps to planning a DIY tour of Ephesus

So you’re planning to a DIY Tour of Ephesus, and you have common questions and you don’t know where to turn for answers. Well this is how I felt today, when I was looking at options for visiting Ephesus. There is so much stuff that is written on the place and there are so many tourist facilities for visiting Ephesus, that I couldn’t help but be overwhelmed. How much is the one way taxi fare from Kusadasi dock to Ephesus? This is negotiable as with any taxi fare, but the prevailing rate right now seems to be 20TL to get there. ... Read More »

48 hours in Helsinki … preplanning options

48 hours in Helsinki … preplanning options

With any new city, I try to figure out a high level plan, the same applies to spending 48 hours in Helsinki on my way to Tallinn and/or Riga. That being said, I’ve booked a weekend at the Hotel Kamp, which is reputed to be the “Best Hotel in Finland … and no I don’t have cash to burn but rather using my Starwood cash and points (I love this program!) … It’s only $90 a night for $500 a night suite with some SGP points! Once I check in, I’m heading to the Olympic Stadium just like the one ... Read More »

Me vs Bunker Hill Monument … guess who won?

Wanna know how I know I’m getting old? When I climb up 294 steps to see a view only after going through a serious battle in my head, having to draws on years of false justification to do something that I know won’t be that rewarding.  We didn’t do anything significant like walk the entire Freedom Trail … because that would have been stupid given the weather in Boston this weekend and with the combination of fatigue and a bout of excellent food poisoning from “Market in the Square“, walking the Freedom Trail would have resulted in some sort of homicide. ... Read More »

Vaillancourt Fountain in the Embarcadero

While in Boston this weekend, we saw a number of fountains and it got me to thinking about the Vaillancourt fountain in San Francisco.  It is definitely one of the stranger ones I’ve seen and for years in San Francisco, I walked right by the fountain without even noticing it. Read More »

Liming in the house that Larry built …

Growing up in Trinidad in the late 80′s and early 90′s ensured a couple facts about my sports personality I would be a West Indies cricket fan till I die because I only knew the West Indies = spectacular World Domination with style The first World Cup I ever watched was the one in Mexico ’86. I saw Diego Maradona and instantly became an Argentina fan (no matter how many places in the world my #6 Roberto Carlos Brazilian jersey seems to travel with me) The first SuperBowl I saw on TV was with Kurt Warner and the “Greatest Show on ... Read More »