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Toronto Tidbits

This is based on my visit to the city in the summer of 2012. Contrary to the beliefs of the folks ignorant of meteorology, such as myself, Canada is not all snowstorms and parkas. It actually gets flipping hot out there. Make sure to check the weather before you go.

Anyways, I highly recommend Toronto as a tourist destination. There’s great transportation, a variety of culture, an emerging (at that time) food scene, and friendly people. Here are a couple of highlights in Toronto . . . Continue reading “Toronto Tidbits”

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Travel Crime: Lower Your Chances of Being a Target

I don’t mean to scare anyone off traveling. It’s really one of the best things I’ve done in my short lifetime. You can meet some wonderful people, see monuments and things that you might only see on a Google search, and overall develop an appreciation for other cultures.

Having said that, it is important to know that tourists are often targeted in foreign countries. I’ve seen and heard it happen everywhere. I’m not saying that just because you’re a tourist you will be a victim, and I’m not saying that these tips will absolutely 100% prevent you from it, but I would like to pass some tips along to my fellow wanderers to lower the chances of being a target.

Read on . . . Continue reading “Travel Crime: Lower Your Chances of Being a Target”

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Independence Day Festivities

The 4th of July is known as Independence Day in the States. It commemorates the time when a group of men who grew annoyed and frustrated with a tyrant, decided to stand up to him, and became American heroes in the process. So the story goes. I’m not going to debate conspiracies here.

Anyways, I don’t know how people around the world celebrate their own Independence Day, but in the States we drink, launch explosives in the sky, and hopefully avoid a trip to the local hospital. The next day we check the local shelters for our runaway pets.

These sky-bound explosives, known here as “fireworks,” cause such a commotion that many cities offer shows for spectators. I attended such a show at Angel Island, a small island situated in the San Francisco Bay. Living the single life, I made the Sibling tag along with me. Continue reading “Independence Day Festivities”

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Monterey (CA) for the Day

The Bestie took me out for a day to celebrate the day we would add another candle to the cake, but I hate birthday cake (and the spit produced when candles are blown out on said cake), so she instead took me to the second happiest place on Earth.

Monterey, CA is beautiful, and makes for a pretty romantic getaway. But since it was a girls’ day, it was full of screams and laughter and people staring at us. Nothing new. Continue reading “Monterey (CA) for the Day”

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Best Golden Gate Views

So this is what everyone comes to San Francisco to see. The bridge. 80 years old this year. She looks good. You know. For a bunch of metal painted red.

I feel that most tourists travel to see the Golden Gate Bridge, one of the most iconic landmarks of the Bay Area. However, for those who don’t know, there is more than one place to view the bridge, and my favorite place is actually one that most tourists don’t see (because the parking sucks). Please know that this is not an all-inclusive list of every place in the Bay Area for a view of the Golden Gate. I just listed a few that I think offer the best views. Feel free to add your favorite places too. Read on for more . . . Continue reading “Best Golden Gate Views”