All posts tagged: journey

Hartwood

When I think of the Fourth of July, a few things come to mind: Family & friends Grilling Budweiser Fireworks Leading up to the holiday our group of friends planned to meet in Hartwood. Outside of the aforementioned elements to the perfect Fourth, Hartwood slates itself as a special place. Combining all of this together only added to the excitement as the weekend approached. Hartwood is in New York state and a five hour drive from Maryland. We hit the road before sun rise, chasing the sun north on the highway  as the lush hills and small towns passed us by. There is no cell service once you turn onto the road leading up to Hartwood, automatically making you leave all of your work e-mails and other stress behind. The days were spent hiking the surrounding forest, and lounging in the sun on the shores of the central lake. The evenings filled with good drinks, food, friends and worldly conversations. The community celebrates the Fourth by coming together for a BBQ and a patriotic desert contest before a spectacular private fireworks show. …

Newport, R.I.

In my previous blog, I only focused on writing about my International travels although I spend a lot of time hopping around the great USA. To me, International travel is the epitome of adventure, yet I still find myself boasting about the amazing places in my home country. This leads  me to introduce this first official travel post on my new blog – a feature on Newport, R.I. from my first visit to the island over Memorial Day Weekend. The first thing you may ask: you have been living on the East Coast for three years and you only just now visited Newport? Again – attention to my heavy focus on international travel, so this is a bit of reverse “expanding your horizons” for me. Two thoughts had always come to mind when thinking about traveling to Newport; Without my own means of transportation (car), wouldn’t it be easier for me to fly out of the country than finding my way to an island in the North East? It sounds expensive. Pleasantly to my surprise, …

Capturing a New Perspective

We have all seen it, the photograph that signifies “I’m going somewhere else; be jealous.” Yes, you know what I’m  talking about: the picture taken out of an airplane window. It doesn’t vary much in terms of its typical composition – you have the window frame (the window not always being crystal clear), and there is a 70% chance a wing will be in it. It may show  clouds, occasionally a sunset, sometimes an airport. Most people tend to place this photo in the “bragging” or “trendy” bucket and post it as the obligatory “I’m leaving town” photo. Being an avid traveler, I was starting to get sick of pictures like that, but then I noticed that although I’m not generally posting this type of picture to my social media accounts, I was still taking the photo. On a recent flight I was taking snaps out the window and started to reflect on why I (and many others) take this picture. What is the greater significance of it? I came to a few conclusions. First of all …