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Oh What a Night

UNITED KINGDOM | Wednesday, 15 Jun 2011 | Views [557] | Comments [1]

I overslept this morning intentionally and didn't roll out of bed until 8. It was a cloudy day but not raining so I still decided to keep on trying to walk around outdoors. I made my way to Leicester Square to check out the discounted tickets ... Read more >

Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough

UNITED KINGDOM | Tuesday, 14 Jun 2011 | Views [614] | Comments [2]

Believe it or not I woke up at 7 this morning to a gorgeous sunny day, so I hustled out to Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens to take advantage of the sunshine. Spent a few hours walking around/getting lost. I found my way to Kensington Palace, ... Read more >

Where's the Beefeater?

UNITED KINGDOM | Monday, 13 Jun 2011 | Views [940] | Comments [2]

Started out early this morning on the Tube to Westminster Abbey, which doesn't open until 9:30 so being early I thought I'd walk around and get a good look at Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament and the London Eye. By the time I got back to the ... Read more >

Gray Skies are Gonna Clear up?

UNITED KINGDOM | Sunday, 12 Jun 2011 | Views [477] | Comments [1]

Today wound up being a pretty mellow day once I got into London.  I grabbed a really quick dinner from Pret a Manger, which wound up being a UK chain restaurant, but it was the first restaurant I could see from my hotel window so it won that honor of ... Read more >

London Safe and Sound

UNITED KINGDOM | Sunday, 12 Jun 2011 | Views [401]

It's 1 p.m. and I'm checking in from my hotel room at Millenium Bailey's in Kensington to report that all is well in London.  I got here without any incidents.  The plane ride wasn't as bad as I had thought; I managed to get at least 2 hours of sleep ... Read more >

Photos: London 2011

UNITED KINGDOM | Sunday, 12 Jun 2011 | Photo Gallery

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London Bound

USA | Saturday, 11 Jun 2011 | Views [331]

3 hours of sleep later and I'm almost done packing.  This will be my last entry until I get to London - and then I will make sure to pay the ridiculous internet fees from my room at Millenium Bailey's Hotel in Kensington.  I didn't even have time to ... Read more >

And let the packing begin... NOW

USA | Friday, 10 Jun 2011 | Views [251]

So after getting home from work at 11 p.m. on a Friday, here are the things I am thankful for: Vacation days that expire by June 30 Being forced into eating lunch out today (thanks, guys) Blackberry with no service in Europe Packing.  Let me make ... Read more >

Until Next Time

USA | Tuesday, 29 Jun 2010 | Views [285]

Back home.  Woke up at 4:30 a.m. to catch my 7:30 flight back to Texas.  Customs was on the departure side, which was tedious.  The declaration form had to be filled out before checking into my flight, so while I stopped at the kiosk to fill out the form ... Read more >

Prince of Whales and Princess of Wales

CANADA | Tuesday, 29 Jun 2010 | Views [644]

Last day of vacation!  Enjoying my view from the 19th floor as I'm getting ready to pack and head out on a super-early flight back home tomorrow.  This morning I took a day trip - the "Ultimate Day Tour" offered by Prince of Whales for a trip ... Read more >

Almost Back to Reality

CANADA | Monday, 28 Jun 2010 | Views [392]

Back in Vancouver and checking in from the Blue Horizon hotel.  I got a nice view of downtown and part of the park.  I took the bus from Whistler this morning, and when you don't go the scenic route, the drive only takes 90 minutes versus the 4-hour train ... Read more >

Back in the Saddle

CANADA | Sunday, 27 Jun 2010 | Views [544]

Winding down in my hotel suite on my last night in Whistler with a personally brewed cup of decaf.  Today was a very laidback day.  Woke up early and scheduled a last-minute horseback riding session down by Green Lake.  I hadn't been on a horse in almost ... Read more >

Texans in Trees and Kiwis on Lakes

CANADA | Saturday, 26 Jun 2010 | Views [842]

Chilling in my hotel suite after an adventure-filled day.  Got a full 8 hours of sleep last night and rolled out of bed and headed straight to Ziptrek Ecotours.  I wore my "Keep Austin Weird" shirt as I do at least once for every international ... Read more >

From Sea to Sky to Mountain

CANADA | Friday, 25 Jun 2010 | Views [364]

Woke up super early this morning and took the Sea to Sky train to arrive in Whistler.  It was a scenic train ride, with average speeds of 25 mph.  I met this Australian woman and her family taking their annual month-long vacation around the world (darn ... Read more >

Stay Gold, Vancouver

CANADA | Thursday, 24 Jun 2010 | Views [307]

Woke up early this morning after the first full night's sleep to I've had all vacation to (partly cloudy) sunshine.  Put on the shorts and headed to Granville Island (actually it's a peninsula) via one of the tiny ferries - the "Cyquabus"... Read more >

Ooh Canada

CANADA | Wednesday, 23 Jun 2010 | Views [250]

Today was Day 1 in Vancouver.  Took the Amtrak train from Seattle and it was a slow, slow ride.  I rode first class (only $13 more) and had a seat by myself next to the window - or rather next to the wall in between the windows of the seat in front of ... Read more >

Here Comes the Sun

USA | Tuesday, 22 Jun 2010 | Views [270]

Today was my last day in Seattle, and I decided to go for a very relaxing sort of day since I have to get up super-early tomorrow (and also my legs are still extremely sore).  Started out the day by heading back to Pike Place Market to get some jambon ... Read more >

It's Like There's a Starbucks on Every Corner!

USA | Monday, 21 Jun 2010 | Views [548] | Comments [1]

Today was a very busy day of touristy Seattle.  I got a good 5 hours of sleep.  We had gone to a club Tost last night and I had decided to leave later than I should have.  But no worries because the rest of this trip is anti-social city!  I woke up ... Read more >

So Long and Thanks for All the Fish

USA | Sunday, 20 Jun 2010 | Views [353]

Today was Seattle's Fremont Parade, which of course being Seattle featured bicyclists.  Naked bicyclists wearing nothing but body paint.  Which I missed!  So sorry folks, no photos of that here.  ;)  I took the bus from downtown to meet up with my ... Read more >

Space Needle Where Art Thou?

USA | Saturday, 19 Jun 2010 | Views [409] | Comments [1]

1:45 a.m. PST Seattle.  Last night when I was checking in for my flight I was changing seats and deciding between window or aisle.  For < 3.5 hour flights I always pick the window seat because I avoid the bathroom like the plague.  Since this was ... Read more >

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