The hits keep coming, don’t they? While the world was reeling from the COVID-19 effects, my beloved former home of Nashville suffered one of the most devastating tornadoes in recent past. Fortunately for me, my friends and colleagues are okay, but there are so many people who were not as lucky. The scenes of the utter destruction, splintered buildings, razed businesses that were once so lively and vital to this town are heartbreaking.
If there’s something I know about the city of Nashville, it’s that it is resilient. When I moved there in 2014, they had near completely recouped from the horrible floods in 2010. I know the community will come together and rebuild and be back better than ever. If you can, consider donating to cmft.org.
Until then, I believe in you Nashville, and here’s my little love letter to you
there is a house in new orleans, they call the rising sun
Well now that the Super Bowl has been won by Kansas City (GO CHIEFS), we can all move on with our lives, and move onto the next party. This is Mardi Gras of course!
Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday is February 25 this year. This is the Carnival celebration that starts after Three Kings Day and ends the day before Ash Wednesday. For us non-Christians, this day refers to eating rich, fatty foods before Lent fasting begins. No one throws a party like the Crescent City, and this bonanza of a holiday is the grandest boum of them all. No one throws a soiree like New Orleans.
Laissez les bon temps rouler…
Happy New Year! I did not get to post last week because I was out of the country and I definitely locked myself out of the account because of deleting cookies and not trusting public wifi (travel tip: you shouldn’t). But I’m back and ready to go! I’m not a big resolutions person (other than drink more water which never happens, coffee is just so much better), but my goals always involve wanting to travel to new places. I have a few places and experiences on the horizon for 2020, and hopefully you do, too!
And at least I’m one state closer to reaching my 50 states visited now that I’ve been to beautiful Maine. I was able to road trip from Boston and enjoy a crisp, autumn day with the wind whipping my hair, pretending that I was in a moody novel from the 1800s.
maine line some lobsters with me…
Love a good pun. Pronounced hway (not really exactly right don’t @ me) not hugh like the color or Grant, this very proud city was the former Imperial capital of Vietnam until the end of the Nguyen dynasty in 1945. I’m sure you’re familiar with what happened next. Vietnam has three regions, and this is the largest city in the central region (see previous posts on Hanoi and Saigon/HCM).
Hue was the stop after Hoi An, my favorite on the Vietnam itinerary, and I think I would have enjoyed it more had I NOT GOTTEN SICK on the way there. I made a rookie travel mistake that you will read all about after the jump. Hot tip: don’t drink foreign beverages.
right hue, wrong hue
Welcome back to Miami, a city with so much to do, one blog post wouldn’t do.
Watch out, the rhythm is gonna get you…
A year ago, I literally posted that about the move that sent Kawhi up north. Well, apparently that trade certainly paid off as the Toronto Raptors will be playing the GS Warriors (yawn) in the NBA Finals. No hate towards the Warriors, but aren’t we all sort of rooting for some new blood to take the Larry O’Brien?
Here’s a throwback post all about the great white north:
Taipei is the capital of Taiwan, the large island formerly known as Formosa, just off the coast of China. Officially, this commonwealth is currently a part of the PROC, but it has had a very tumultuous history due to its location between Japan and China.
Because of its location as a gateway to the East, it is a very popular stopover destination. I have used it as such twice and found it to be every bit as exciting as some of my final destinations.
Perhaps the most well known feature of this city is its bounty of night markets and food. The origin of your milk teas and soup dumplings, Taiwan is a food lover’s fever dream.
Nashville is one of the best places I’ve ever lived, and I’m lucky that I still have friends that live in town to visit. Literally, I will visit at the drop of a cowboy hat. Nashville is a lot like LA, except smaller, more easily navigable, and of course, musically inclined. I know it’s known for its music, but can we just talk about the food in Nashville? It’s spectacular.
This city is growing at an unbelievable pace, it seems like every time you turn around, there’s a new high rise or apartment complex. My old neighborhood in the West End (don’t think this was a coincidence, I love the Pet Shop Boys)/Charlotte is now the gateway to up and coming Nations and Sylvan Park.
I love you, Nashville.
Happy Lunar New Year! Yes, it’s not only Chinese people who celebrate the lunisolar calendar, so show a little love to your friends who are celebrating the start of year of the pig/boar today!
In Vietnam, the new year celebration is called Tet, and it is HUGE. Lots of festivals, lion dancing, fireworks, fashion, bestowing of li xi or lucky red envelopes, and feasting. If you’re ever looking for nonstop partying this time of year, book your trip to Asia to join the revelry.
A throwback to my favorite city in Vietnam today, happy new year!
THE AFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME IS GOING TO BE PLAYED AT ARROWHEAD! THIS IS NOT A DRILL!
For the first time EVER, Kansas City hosts the AFC Championship game on Sunday and I am STOKED to say the least. It’s gonna be hella cold, but I know Chiefs Kingdom is going to show up. Unfortunately, I’ll be watching from Vegas (poor me, right?) but for those who are visiting KC, welcome to the loudest stadium in the NFL!
If you’ve read this blog, you may know that I lived in Kansas City just shy of a dozen years (and write about my visits) and I LOVE coming back. It will forever be my second home, and the Midwest is very dear to my heart. The trips have become fewer and far between as I am now an Adult (capital A) with a “job,” but recently I had the chance to go back for a little bit of work and a lot of play.
The changes that have occurred in this city since I left 4 years ago are astounding and numerous, and I guess in some ways I am lucky all of these cool, trendy places weren’t around when I was living there, or else I’d be broke and/or very large. I’m even luckier that many of my pals still reside here, and I get personal tours every time I return.
I visited some old favorites and found some new ones, and of course, got to spend time with people I love…which is the best reason to travel.
Going back to Kansas City!