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2011 Ports of Call (most recent on top - only listed once)

  • Astoria, Queens
  • Red Hook, Brooklyn
  • Hoboken, NJ
  • Long Branch, NJ
  • Red Bank, NJ
  • New York, New York
  • Point Pleasant, NJ
  • STL, Missouri
  • OMA, Nebraska
  • Omaha, NE (NEBRASKA!!!)
  • Council Bluffs, IA
  • St Louis, MO
  • Fair Haven, NJ
  • EWR, New Jersey
  • AMS, Netherlands
  • Musannah, Oman
  • Nizwa, Oman
  • Al A’Thawara hot springs, Oman
  • Nakhl Fort, Oman
  • Jabal Shams, Oman
  • Seeb, Oman
  • Barca, Oman
  • SIN, Singapore
  • Seminyak, Bali
  • Legian, Bali
  • Tanah Lot, Bali
  • Kuta, Bali
  • Sanur, Bali
  • Ubud, Bali
  • Nusa Dua, Bali
  • Denpasar, Bali
  • CGK, Java Indonesia
  • Vigan, Philippines
  • Boracay, Philippines
  • Manila, Philippines
  • Doha, Qatar
  • Rus Al Jinz, Oman
  • Salalah, Oman
  • Muscat, Oman

Thursday, June 2, 2011

The beginning of the end

Blogger - It has been great. It really has. But I think it's time for me to move on. You were my first blog, this is true, but sometimes things change. People change. Situations change.

I thought changing your header was the fix I needed...the right direction. Not true. I actually like the old you better. But that's not why it has come to this.

I had been neglecting you lately anyway. I have been trying to figure out how to get you to work for me the way things are now. And I realized something:
It's not you. It's me. Really. REALLY. Although you have served your purpose, you really and truly are the boring blog I created from the beginning. And that's what you should be. You should remain true to yourself. I needed you and you helped me - but I can't change you to what I need now. And I need to start anew.

I will still always love you dearly. I have no doubt I will be back. There are needs to have greetings from places, for sure. I still love your ability to keep track of lists; to let me know where I have been for the year. To remind me of websites I find amusing. Who else keeps track of this? I barely do - without you it would all be a "oh, yeah at one point I was in China" but now I know exactly WHEN that happened. Thank you.

So, this isn't the end - it is the beginning of a new relationship. One where I am not trying to make you into something you're not. Where I can appreciate you just as you are. And where you can remain true to yourself.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

hear ye, here ye

greetings from Bali!

But that's not what this post is about.

This post is my one chance to re-invent, re-vamp and re-introduce my blog! New and Improved! (and as someone once quipped, how can it be improved if it is new??)

A good friend once told me my blog was boring. And that is probably the best comment I have ever gotten about it. It has only taken me two years, but this blog is headed in a new direction. I have finally come to the realization that I don't have the patience nor desire to sit around and blog about everything that is happening. I have tried, and it just isn't me. The whole thing becomes a chore, and then something on my 'to-do' list I haven't done, and then a worry and then and then and then. And that's not what I am doing this for.

I'm blogging so my friends and family (and anyone else who wants - hellloooo internet...net...net...) can get a glimpse at my travels. And because I actually enjoy writing, when the mood hits. :) However, we don't want this to turn into one of Uncle Peter's infamous slide shows. I always enjoyed them (honestly!) but they have become the stuff of family lore...to the point that someone may have broken the slide projector on purpose. Maybe. Thank goodness that the internet allows you to have A.D.D. on your own without offending your presenter! HEY WAIT!! - WHERE ARE YOU GOING?!

My friend Val suggested I talk about traveling for real, and the things that happen that aren't available in a guidebook...that's what makes it interesting after all. If it was just like the guidebook I would never need to go anywhere other than the library. :)

SO - here's to adventure, here's to silliness, here's to FUN!
see you next Thursday!

Slainte! (in honor of March 17)
~L