Category Archives: Destinations

Spotlight: Montenegro

This could be a fall destination for us. Isn’t it gorgeous?

photo via flickr: alphatangobravo

photo via flickr: k.ivoutin

photo via flickr: ooojasonooo

photo via flickr: ooojasonooo

photo via flickr: senol demir


Busy week(s)

My updates have come to a trickle lately, despite the fact that I have much to write about. It’s all about time, people. Work is on a slaughtering rampage, which I suppose I should be thankful about (I’m not). Needless to say, this week was not one where I entertained the luxury of excessive free time. The weekend on the other hand…

That said, I did do a little online dabbling (gotta) and came across a great new site called Air B’n’B. I’m not exactly sure what that name is supposed to mean, but it’s a great place to look for rooms, apartments, hostels, and sublets while overseas. The interface is great and rather robust for a site that hasn’t been around too long. Many users post pictures and good descriptions of their spaces along with reasonable expectations they have of their guests (good for weeding out crazies). One feature I see coming in handy is the reviews. It’s sort of a Yelp-Craigslist hybrid with Twitter’s graphic feel (sorry, that was awful). Check it out!

Although I may not be doing much writing here, there are diligent folks doing stuff out on the vast internets. I’ll use my lazy Sunday update to post two great blogs:

First, I’m sure you’ve all heard about director Spike Jonze’s upcoming new film, Where the Wild Things Are. My buddy Matt is helping to manage and write for Spike’s blog of inspirational (not in a corny way) artists, musicians, filmmakers and other miscellany. Go stop by, you’ll love it: We Love You So.

There is another site I’ve been really addicted to lately (it’s also in our Links section ->) called Going Slowly, which chronicles the around the world cycling trip of a couple. The blog is well written, funny and really interesting. The duo, Tyler and Tara, have been in the UK for the last month and seem to be enjoying themselves. Do yourself a favor and check out the marvelous photographs they’re taking along the way. Very inspirational.

One last note: I need to stop watching the Travel Channel so much (not just because Samantha Brown irritates the hell out of me). Today, I caught a program on Lisbon, Portugal — one of the first stops we’re considering on our journey, and I WANT TO LEAVE RIGHT NOW. It’s strange though–it looks so much like San Francisco! It made me nostalgic for home and we haven’t even left yet. Here are some photos courtesy of Flickr’s Creative Commons:

credit: pedrosimoes7

credit: mcpig

credit: mcpig

Bernt Rostad


Spotlight: Bern, Switzerland

Yesterday was a typical lazy Sunday. After coming out of the haze of a weekend of late-night fun in San Francisco, I was glad to spend the afternoon napping and catching up on DV-R. One my favorite (and frequently recorded) shows lately is called Dhani Tackles The Globe, which airs every Monday on the Travel Channel. The show follows Dhani Jones, a football player on the Cincinnati Bengals, as he travels the world and engages in the local games and sports of each destination. Jones is kind of a goofy, yet lovable guy, and he seems ready and willing to take part in every culture’s rituals and obsessions.

On the latest episode he visits Switzerland for a week to learn about the sport Schwingen, which is sort of like sumo wrestling crossed with those intense lumberjack games you see at 4 a.m. on ESPN 3. While in Switzerland, Dhani visits the capital, Bern (or Berne), for a day to soak up the sun. I immediately perked up when he strolled onto the riverfront park of Aare. It was a majestic public green hiding in the shadows of Bern’s mythic, medieval architecture. The park reminded me a lot of cross between San Francisco’s Dolores Park with Austin’s Barton Springs. The cool blue water looked refreshing and beautiful, and the people tanning, lounging about and eating is extremely enticing.

I started sniffing around online with Mia this morning, and we came across a few beautiful hostels in the area, as well as Bern’s great tourism site . Just a short trip from Zurich, Bern looks like a definite candidate for a short layover on our way toward Germany. Despite Switzerland’s reputation for being expensive, most rooms in Bern run at the low end of what you might expect to pay for a double room in Europe (around USD$30 a night).

Bern is quite a historic gem, clocking in at nearly 1,000 years old (it was named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1985). Up until recently, Bern had a bear pit on the edge of town (it was shut down this year)! It also served as one of the original scenarios for the first SimCity game (weird).

Check out Bern’s beauty:




Make sure to check out Dhani’s blog!!!