Monday, December 23, 2013
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
My adopted new Grandpa, not one word of English but I figured out he's the owner of the oldest restaurant in Zermat and he figured out I can't prepare swiss beef broth soup on my own.
In honor of the snow and Christmas and the fact that that one Walt Disney movie is about to come out, I present to you the Matterhorn. And I have to hand it to Walt, he did a fabulous job on making sure his replica looked exactly like the real deal, and actually, for the sake of redundancy, Zermatt looks exactly like Disneyland too. Like if destinations were babushkas, Disneyland could totally be Zermatt's identical baby infant babooshka. So most of my time here I meandered through the no-cars-allowed town of Zermatt and played peeping tom to the perfect log cabins perfectly landscaped windows and doors. I couldn’t not be a creeper, I can envision myself downing my fifth cup of coffee for the day while sitting in my sheep wool covered leather sling chair(buy me this one please) by the crackling wood stove in one of those perfect log cabins with a view of the Matterhorn. But now back to reality; by this point in our extravaganza I don’t think I could have been more over fondue and really could of used one of those overpriced turkey legs that can be found all over the magic kingdom. So we substituted escargot for turkey legs, and Brianna quietly dry heaved from across the table. The only down side to my stay in Zermatt was that I only got to see the peak of the Matterhorn for about two minutes, otherwise a hovering cloud meandered around it for the rest of the day, and the next morning the clouds took over the whole sky. Waaah. First world problems right?
Saturday, December 7, 2013
"You may find that the cell is an ideal place to learn to know yourself, to search realistically and regularly the processes of your own mind and feelings. In judging our progress as individuals we tend to concentrate on external factors such as one’s social position, influence and popularity, wealth and standard of education …. but internal factors may be even more crucial in assessing one’s development as a human being: honesty, sincerity, simplicity, humility, purity, generosity, absence of vanity, readiness to serve your fellow men – qualities within the reach of every soul – are the foundation of one’s spiritual life …. at least, if for nothing else, the cell gives you the opportunity to look daily into your entire conduct to overcome the bad and develop whatever is good in you."
Written in his cell to Winnie Mandela 1975
Sunday, December 1, 2013
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
All of these pictures were taken at The Bangkok Treehouse in The Green Lung of Bangkok, half of which were taken directly from their website, because let's be honest I'm not that good and their photographer is.
One of my favorite places in all of Thailand has got to be the Green Lung; a remote area of bkk(irony!) where roads are sparse and bike paths weave through the lush orchards along side the Chao Praya River and it’s canals. Locals are making som tam(papaya salad) while floating down the canals, water lizards are basking in the sun and little Thai babies are crying over the scary and obscure white monster that is me. Rawr. There is something about a quiet and not touristy oasis in the midst of one of the largest cities that is so serene yet so bizarre.
In The Green Lung we stayed in our very own three story tree nest at the environmentally friendly Bangkok Tree Houses. Anyone who knows Joey or me knows how big of a deal this was. The hotel offers complimentary bike rentals and 'round the clock ice cream. Balance is key my friends. Balance is key. The hotel’s modern tree house décor uses natural resources from the surrounding area while maintaining an inventive and very unique set up that strictly follows green policies. Our stay was a very lovely, relaxing and eye opening experience that very few foreigners get to have while traveling to BKK, so if you’re in Bangkok make sure to take the ferry across the river and stop by!
Also Linking up with the lovely Bonnie Rose
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Linking up with Bonnie Rose and Travel Tuesday.
Here are some of my faves from the Swiss Countryside.
You know how when you travel you build up an idea of a place and sometimes it just doesn’t live up? Which wouldn’t be a problem if you didn’t spend the three months prior to your vacation building up this fantasyland with even the tiniest of details inserted? I’m notorious for this. I had this perception of Switzerland that would be waterfalls falling off sheer limestone cliffs right along side a small brick village, (town steeple and clock tower included) that lies on the bay of some turquoise blue glacier lake with grassy green meadows on the horizon. The meadows would have cows grazing through them of course. And they would have to be sporting a cowbell. Well the Swiss countryside is just like that. I can’t count how many times my mom rolled the window down just so she could hear more cowbell. She hasn’t even seen that SNL skit which makes it even funnier. The only thing I wanted to see which I didn’t was a mountain man yodeling; maybe I will have to wander a little further into Heidi land next time. But no wonder the Swiss are so neutral, I can’t think of any reason to not be happy here, except having to butcher my pet cow semiannually.