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My Scotland Trip

Well, my original plans for Scotland changed quite a bit as leading up to Halloween I thought I would have all my research completed before I left, when in reality I had a bit more on my plate than I anticipated.  So not wanting to cancel the whole trip I decided to cut my trip from 10 days down to 5. I ended up leaving for Edinburgh on Halloween morning, and after checking in at my lovely church conversion hostel…

Switzer Falls

I have such a fun group of friends here in Cali, friends that I am going to miss dearly.  My little hiking group is one of those.  My friend Kyle always organized the weekly trips and the group varies from week to week, but when you break it down it is always the same. Great people.  Beautiful nature. Escape. Today we ventured to Switzer Falls in the San Gabriel Mountains.  It is a quick 9 mile drive into the Angeles…

Galway, Ireland

  In honor of TBT I am posting some pictures from my first trip to Ireland last year in January.  I love Galway and have since the first day I got there. It is one of the few places where I instantly feel at home.  Galway to me is the perfect size, big enough to have a great night life, and yet small enough to still have that lovely Irish charm. I am also posting about Ireland because there might…

Day Trip: Malibu to Solvang, California

Last week my sister and I decided we wanted to do a little day trip jus for the hell of it.  We decided to head to the coast, about a 20 minute drive from where we are living, hit up one of my all time favorite fish places in Malibu, then drive up to Solvang and walk around the little Danish town. (and maybe get some pancakes for pancake day) [caption id="attachment_2399" align="aligncenter" width="960"] Neptune's Net in Malibu, California[/caption] Neptune's…

Istanbul, Turkey

I am in the process of catching up on posting all my travel photos, seeing as I failed epically to do so whilst traveling.  So here we go the first in a set of photo essays. Istanbul was such an amazing place to visit, especially coming from Asia, it was a nice step into Europe.  I was in Istanbul for about two weeks traveling with Sarah, my lovely British friend that I had met in Thailand.  We were both extremely…

Hiking the Bridge to Nowhere

This past Monday a group of us went out to the San Gabriel mountains and hiked the bridge to nowhere.  The hike itself is moderately easy with subtle inclines and shaded paths. If you haven't hike a lot before you will feel the hike in your legs the next day.  The trail is just over 9 miles long and ends with this random bridge in the middle of nowhere, hence the name.  Apparently there is bungie jumping off the bridge,…

Northern Ireland

My Birthday was over a week ago and Alan brought me up to Northern Ireland for the weekend.  We had an amazing time together, got to stay in a beautiful hotel and experience Bushmills distillery, the Giants Causeway and the Titanic museum.  It was so nice getting away just the two of us. For a long time being able to travel with the person I am with has become such an important factor for me in a relationship, and with…

Khao San Road

Khao San Road is infamous for its loud music, busy backpacker bars and constant string of local thais selling everything from Pad Thai to ping pong shows.  Its one of those few places in the world where cultures clash together in such a way that you cannot help to be amused.  Its a place where you will meet people from every walk of life, old and young of any nationality.  Here are some bits and pieces from Khao San Road.

Street Pad Thai

For anyone who says they love Thai food but have never had it in Thailand, you just don't know how good Thai food really is.  Everywhere serves Pad Thai, but the best Pad Thai you will ever have is the kind made on the street carts throughout the country.  Not only is it really cheap (40 Baht/1-ish dollar) but it is the most delicious food you will ever eat.  Here are some pictures from some I had the other day…