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Jun 28, 2013 - Musings    No Comments

Travel Experience: Monsterrat-Sant Jeroni Trail

I’m by no stretch of the imagination a religious person, so perhaps it would come as a surprise to many that I would willingly experience a Christian pilgrimage to the Monsterrat Monastery. I had no interest in actually going inside the monastery. My main objective was to hopefully see some spectacular sites along the various trails. I was prepped and ready to get up early and start.

Of course, when that “early” came, I kind of slept through until around 10.30am. Crap, Crap, Crap. I knew that it would take me around an hour to travel to Montserrat and back, which didn’t give me a whole lot of time to actually see everything I wanted. I was hoping that I would still be able to get to the top of Sant Jeroni and also hike down to Sant Joan. Lucky for me, the train out there was fairly uncrowded. That’s where my luck ended. The cable car to get to the top of the mountain was pretty packed. I was squeezed into the corner and could barely peek my head over the railing to see the amazing view as we climbed higher and higher up. The ride didn’t take too long, but we ascended a couple couple hundred feet.

Sant Jeroni Trail

The trail map showing me my destination

There was no time to spare. I immediately made a bee-line to the nearest map and looked at the route to Sant Jeroni. According to all of the reviews and guides I’ve read, Sant Jeroni boasted amazing views. I couldn’t miss it. It had been a while since I had been hiking, almost a half a year to be exact, but it couldn’t be that bad…right?

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Mar 26, 2013 - Musings    No Comments

Travel Experience: Pax East

When I first stepped into the Boston Convention center, I was overwhelmed with the amount of people who gathered together for Pax East. For those that don’t know, Pax East is a video game convention in Boston, MA where a bunch of AAA and Indie developers get together to showcase their coolest products. This was my very first convention and I was there with a media pass. Probably the best and only way to attend these kinds of conventions. While I was there on “official business” I was able to fully enjoy myself and revel in the geekery around me.

Pax East

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Dec 11, 2012 - Musings    1 Comment

Travel Experience: Bourbon Trail Kentucky

 

Kentucky is Bourbon country. There are a ton of bourbon distilleries in the area. So much, in fact, that there are more bourbon barrels than there are people in the state. Some of the biggest names come from here. Why? Well it’s all thanks to the limestone water, hot summers and cold winters. The conditions are perfect for the creation of some of the best bourbon in the world. The Bourbon Trail will bring you to 7 different distilleries in the area, but there are a lot more. We were able to hit 6 of the 7 in two days. We could’ve made the 7 but we had no idea a new distillery had been added to the trail, so we didn’t get to schedule it in. Maybe next year.

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Sep 8, 2012 - Musings    No Comments

Travel Experience: Top 6 Places to Drink in New Orleans

There are plenty of places to pop in for a drink, but not all bars are equal. While Bourbon street is probably synonymous with drinking, there are plenty of awesome bars that evehttp://rovingwanderer.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=166&action=edit&message=1ryone should experience simply for the history. Of course you can most likely wander in anywhere and grab a drink, but here is my top 6 list.

Pat O’Brien’s

There are actually 2 different Pat O’Brien’s but they all connect to each other through a beautiful backyard. It’s a huge place so you’ll more than likely run into some fun people. Pat O’Brien’s is allegedly the birthplace of the Hurricane, so you’ll have to get it when you’re there. I’m not really a huge fan of sweet drinks, so I didn’t really like the drink but I finished it. I just like the atmosphere and the fire fountain.

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Sep 7, 2012 - Sights    No Comments

Photo Journal: New Orleans

No travel experience is complete without taking a ton of photos. There’s definitely a lot that didn’t make the cut namely because of the blurry pictures but we definitely saw and went to a bunch of cool places. I believe that these pictures really capture the essence of New Orleans and its uniqueness. It really is like no other place in the US.

Aug 31, 2012 - Musings    No Comments

Travel Experience: Bourbon Street

When people think New Orleans, they think Mardi Gras and those 90s “Girls Gone Wild” movies. I was told that my first trip to New Orleans should NOT be during this time, and I’m glad that I went when I did. I can’t imagine what the streets must look like during Mardi Gras. It was already plenty packed during a normal weekend.

Yes, they got beads after

Back in the day, the whole girls flashing for beads was just a Mardi Gras thing, but somehow it happens year round now. I definitely saw some women flashing (top and bottom) for some beads. Doesn’t really make too much sense to me since you can just pick them up off the street. So, that’s what Jill and I did. We picked up beads off the street and then started heckling some guys to “show us their tits”. Most of the guys were pretty confused and probably felt like we were taking advantage of them…which we were. I found it hilarious. Hey, why not switch the roles?

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