20 portraits of Venice in B&W
There's no place like home
The saying goes, “home is where you make it” (famously from the movie Joe Dirt, haha). It’s quite true really. If you’ve been keeping up with my blog updates the past two weeks, you would know that I had packed up and set out to tour the Caribbean. I’m getting ready to board the plane back home to Saint Paul, Minnesota. In my last post I had updated on my current situation that was dealt a catastrophic blow to that whole moving plan. I was robbed in the Puerto Rican rain forest a few days ago, where a gang broke into several cars along the road - they had taken all of my money, among other items as well.
Bucket list - Space tourism
Goal: Become a traveler of the Universe
Virgin Galactic has been underway for the better part of a decade developing the worlds first commercial spaceships with successful inner-atmosphere test flights. If all goes according to plan VG will begin regular commercial launches in 2016, with its pioneer launch in 2013. Spaceport America in Sierra County, New Mexico USA has already been built in the anticipation of being the first-official spaceport in the states. Plans are already in motion to build a second spaceport in Sweden with hopes of having the first operational flights in 2015.
The best of luck
Always travel safe, even in the poshest of destinations. Always expect the worst to happen and then prepare for it. I’ve traveled to many places - some of the areas are known among the most dangerous in the world. So, no matter how well you plan or how many precautions you take, the worst can still come to find you. Traveling safe isn’t always enough to prevent the worst from happening.
Even to this day, with plenty of travel experience - I am finding myself at the mercy of the thief. Yesterday in the El Yunque rain forest of Puerto Rico, my rental car was parked along the road with 4-5 others while I was hiking to the La Mina falls. While I am traveling and must part from with my possessions, my mind runs through a series of checks. Yesterday, my mind was focused more on the probability of being robbed on the trail, so I stored the majority of my money in my backpack and left it at the base of the passenger’s seat.
The time has come
First off - apologies! Apologies for the lack of updates as of late. I've been traveling and transitioning.
Here's what you've missed:
-I did it! I left all that I've ever known and am staying temporarily in St. Paul, MN.
-Before arriving to St. Paul I semi-aimlessly wandered around Canada - with stops in Niagara, Toronto, 1000 Islands, Adirondacks NY, Montreal, Ottawa and Grand Marais MI. The entire trip was fantastic, quite relaxing and precisely what I needed. The final driving count ended up at over 2,400 miles!
-In the beginning of August, I had decided that I wished to visit the Caribbean since I've never been - and I felt as though I deserved a vacation. I purchased tickets from Minneapolis/St. Paul International to Luis Muñoz Marín International in San Juan, Puerto Rico for September 20-25th.
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