Archive for June, 2011

Since I don’t quite have all the funds that I’d like, I spend quite some time looking for travel deals across the web. I have a couple sites in my favorites, but today I thought I’d share the deal that’s going on with Southwest. Until this thursday, they have an anniversary sale on all their flights from  $40, $80, $120 one way fares depending on where you live in the States and some cities in Mexico (I think), but remember you got until Thursday to book!

For those outside the US, Travel Zoo usually has some good international deals as well! Never know what you’ll fnd!

Things have been quite stressful for me lately, most recently the passing of my grandfather yesterday afternoon. So I dedicate this Music Monday to him…I know how much he loved James Brown and I know he’d be tapping and singing along…

I wish I could’ve been there to say goodbye and how much I loved you. R.I.P. grandpa….
So I’ve been searching around for new art and artists, and I have to say that  Trend Hunter has been my favorite place to discover all things new and trending in the art world. Today I wanted to share with you two works of photography I’ve found on their site by Gabriel Wickbold:

Trendhunter via

Trend Hunter via

I took a peek through the 25 year old Brazilian photographer’s works and I’m thoroughly impressed. I find his work to be very bold and some what sensual. I love how you get the full strength of color and definition throughout his pictures!!! I’ll probably be sharing my finds a lot on thursdays but in the meanwhile, learn more about the artist (and perhaps a lil portuguese) at his web site gabrielwickbold.carbonmade.

Another country that I wanted to visit is also having some rioting…..

Here’s a clip of what’s going on over there.

Apparently there has been riots in Athens over the austerity cuts they’re looking to pass by the end of the month. They’re looking to 6.5 million euros in tax rises, tax rises, spending cuts and more tax rises. Also there’s gonna be a big cut in the work force as well. Things aren’t looking good, and really this is gonna affect the world economy, each country’s economy is tied to one another and here in America, we better start taking note….

Oh boy….

So the Nuclear Crisis IS a lot worse than they had “predicted”. I’ve been reading a couple of articles for a while concerning the situation with the nuclear plants in fukushima, because I’ve always wanted to visit Japan, especially Tokyo but now, I think I might wait a while. I’m still young anyways….

Thx! infoplease

 Japanese authorities are saying that the fuel rods may have not only melted, but also melted through parts of their containment vessels as well. Ugh. So now all that radioactive waste could very well spread throughout Japan and surrounding waters. Here’s one article from Guardian UK here on the subject.

Now I’m not trying to be pessimistic and I WILL definitely go to Japan one day but this is scary stuff. Japan has suffered a major tourist plummet and I’m sure you can find excellent deals right about now, but do you think it’s worth it?

Pic I took some years ago in Times Square.

Since I’m fairly a newcomer at this, I’d like to share how I became the travel addict that I am today :). My dad always took us on trips throughout our lives: Niagra Falls in NY/Canada (several times), Disneyland in Florida, family get-togethers in Alabama, Chicago, and Georgia (very fuzzy memory of GA, I was a wee little creature then), Pow Wow and the Smokey Mountains in North Carolina, and so on. It was something that I thought was just what families do, until the year following my high school graduation…

I was always a little aprehensive about going alone on trips and the possibilities of danger I would face, but I decided to go on a roadtrip to NJ/NYC for the first time with a friend.We took turns driving, got there, and even got lost one time in NYC, and even though getting lost in busy NYC was the most stressful part, we got through it no problem. And that was the beginning of my love affair with traveling. I no longer needed my folks to direct me, I was able to get through everything on my own and in NYC (it is a big deal when you come from a more rural setting)! My philosophy has become this: If you get lost, go back to the city center and reroute, if not just stay calm and find help, you can and will always find your way back if you keep your witts about you. Since then I’ve been planning my next trips each year for me or the family.

I’m sure everyone is aware of the kind of things young people get into and what has happened to many young people traveling far from home or abroad. My thoughts as a young person is just have fun but be responsible if you’re going to travel far. You don’t want to have the company of irresponsible people with you. Surely you don’t want things following you back home that will shame you and your family. But nowadays people see it as just having so I don’t know about this world child…

Anyways here’s two pretty cool sites to find great travel deals here and here!!! Enjoy!!