A Ticket to the Top

24,901 miles of adventure, food, and love. All starting in NYC.

What’s in the bag: Spain

When it comes to packing, I like to travel light. Since I’ll be heading to 3 cities in 1 week, I opted for only a carry on, which I prefer for any multi-city trip.

When I returned home from my first multi city trip of three weeks I realized I overpacked. Although I strategically plotted outfits to fit into a carry-on, I ended up only using half of what I brought. For this trip I am using a much smaller bag. I am excited because it has a zipper in the middle. my goal is to fit everything when the bag is it that way I can expand it while away to fit any treasures I wish to bring home.

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And what of the clothes you say? I decided to just pull things through my closet and stuff it in my bag. If I am not entirely sure of what I packed and which outfit combinations I will make until its time to get dressed each day. There was very minimal planning; Dresses are my best option and shorts aren’t appropriate for the predicted weather. I have learned that tights and fleece lined leggings can keep you warmer than pants. Also, depending on the shoe, a dress can go from night to day.

This leads me to try something new. I am a steadfast believer in only packing one pair of additional shoes. For this trip I am packing the three additional pairs (in hopes of compensating for lack of clothes). My shoes and my outerwear are about the only thing I actually put thought into. So take a look into my bag!

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A ruse?

There is a young lady; the muse
Whose company a man pursues.
She sips champagne,
And dreams of Spain,
But lately she’s been feeling a ruse.

👭 BFF > 👫 BF = universal rule

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Spinning the globe

A serendipitous moment- a chance facebook post leading to an amazing delta deal- the right text to the right person- an ideal location…

…yes, I am talking about the tickets to Italy which were discussed and booked within 15 minutes.

Such an exciting trip to look forward to!

95 days to go!

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The Older Man

You’re Right. I got my wish. I got everything I asked for. – Under The Tuscan Sun

Once, a wise woman told me to write all the attributes I want in a man on a piece of paper. She warned not to be too shallow and have no more than 10 things on the list.  This list brought me my first love and my first heart break. Over the years I’ve edited down the list to include the bare essentials, and I am happy, and terrified to say, I think I found him.

There is this scene in Under the Tuscan Sun where Frances, the main character, is told that she has everything she ever wanted, its just not in the way she intended it to be. I am happy because it is everything that I ever wanted. I am terrified because it is not exactly in the way I expected.

I found a man who loves adventure and would travel on a whim for me, who is fascinated by my body and even more in love with my mind. He recites poetry to me and can financially take care of me. Over glasses of wine we speak of politics and philosophy instead of current events. I would say that he is absolutely head over heels for me, and I, get butterflies whenever we speak.

My mother wants me to be happy. My father wants me to be well taken care of. However, what if he is not what they picture?

I am in this entirely uncertain part of my life. The only thing I am sure of is that I am happy when he is around. Life is too short to be unhappiness. When you feel like crying, it is better to laugh. I choose happiness.

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36 hours in San Antonio

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Enjoy the 90F weather!

Well y’all, my first visit to Texas was, in short, magical! In 36 hours I not only met some interesting folks, but I did so while escaping the New York City chill that was slowly approaching a clear mark that winter is soon to come.

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Being the typical tourist at governor’s palace, because, you know, I frequent palaces often.

I was lucky enough to spend my two nights at the beautiful Westin located conveniently on the Riverwalk. It was the most convenient area I could wish for. I walked out of the lobby, which was so beautifully designed with a Spanish flair (and I do love my history and architectural detail) straight to the river. If I couldn’t walk, I just used Uber- my first time! When choosing a destination, I wanted something that I could walk or could take a quick cab ride somewhere. San Antonio was fantastic in the walking aspect. All the major tourist destinations are within a walk of each other. I will admit: I was a total tourist on this trip. I did all the touristy things: River tour; the Alamo; Market Square; La Villita; Governor’s Palace.

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#getcultured

If I had to do it again, I would splurge for the car rental just to venture for some BBQ for dinner. Other than the BBQ, San Antonio left me happy. The most enjoyable portion was the history of the city mixed with these hidden details scattered around the city. This is only based on the small portion that I saw, which was the Riverwalk area. It was a very romantic city and reminded me a bit of Amsterdam. If I were to go back, it would have to be hand in hand with a lover….

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Just an example of the little details that I appreciated in the city. NYC is full of such history, but it is often over shadowed by skyscrapers and modern designs. To see simplicity is just as breath-taking.

Just a few trip highlights:
-The doormen at the Westin were great with restaurant and bar suggestions! My first meal in SA was the best.
– San Antonians love Halloween, particularly the celebration of La Dia del los Muertos. Going on a ghost tour at the cultural institute left me with shiver. I wish I could have visited the museum during the day.
-Being “day played” while walking along the river. He tried it.
-My beautiful candle holder from it’s a glow, which is along my bedside as I type.

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Savannah, Georgia

Well my dear friends, my trip to Savannah back in June can be summed up in the following: Peorian Men and Secret Bars.

Peorian men you ask?

To start from the beginning, D and I made the hour drive from Hilton Head to Savannah. After circling the blocks for 10 minutes we gritted our teeth and decided to just pay for parking. Parking was $2/hour. We unclenched our teeth remembering we no longer were in NYC.

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As we wandered up and down the river, we made friends with 4 men from “Chicago.” It turns out they were at Hilton Head for an insurance convention. Here’s the creepy part, they were staying at our hotel and that morning D and I sat next to them as we lounged by the pool.

They bought us drinks. We invited them to dinner.

Mata Hari Menu

Mata Hari Menu

Next thing we know, we are with the two older insurance men, who were actually from Peoria, and we were in search of a secret speakeasy called “Mata Hari’s.”

I’ve expressed my love of speakeasies before, but this was a true delight because it was an exceptional challenge to find. First, one needs a key to get in. Second, it is not easily found on the internet.

I had the honor of knocking on the door, and then getting us in!

I had the honor of knocking on the door, and then getting us in!

I had D and these two men searching the city for two hours. We asked cab drivers and hotel concierges. Everyone we could find. We wandered into a restaurant that forgot to lock its doors and had a few drinks while walking outdoors. When it seemed hopeless I decided to give it one more shot. I saw a police car. I sachet over to the car and asked the officer the location. He knew exactly where it was but had one concern, how would I get in?

D with the key! Look at what a little bit of NY charm can get.

D with the key! Look at what a little bit of NY charm can get.

It seems that people tend to underestimate New York charm, which is what I told him.

To make things short and sweet, we all enjoyed our drinks at Mata Hari’s while sharing some great laughs and ended the night with the gift of a key so now D and I can go whenever we’d like.

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Oh, and let’s not forget- the two Peorian men? We ended up driving them back to the hotel.

Taking a break

These last few months have been a huge transitionary period, from where I am living to what I am doing, My daily routines have been totally changed up! But, I guess that is what is to be expected when joining the “adult” world. My new industry of retail is stressful to say the least. Around the corner is Q4, our most busiest time. Before that begins, I’ll be heading out of NYC and adventuring to TEXAS for an long weekend…..San Antonio, here I come!

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