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Walkabout: Pittsburgh

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On our way to PITT

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Walkabout: Central Park Songdo, South Korea 

I had an unexpected overnight in Seoul, South Korea, while jaunting around the world. After securing a hotel on the day of arrival, something my OCD would never allow me to do. I had a free morning to explore prior to my flight home. Since I had not even planned on being in Korea, I had not researched anything to do, although the DMZ it tops on my list. Sadly, there was just not enough time to o that.

I stayed in the Songdo area which is a 10 year new International Business District, that was wholly built on 1500 acres of reclaimed land from the Yellow Sea. Across from my hotel was a really beautiful green space called Central Park, that apparently covers 10% of the IBD. It’s surrounded on three sides by majestic modern skyscrapers and the sea on the last side. Running down the middle was a meandering river, tons of hiking trails and just a lot of open space.

I had a great time wandering the park and enjoying a chilly 40• March morning.
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The landscape of The Big Island

Yes this is all from the same little island. I just love how The Big Island of Hawaii is so diverse in it’s landscape flora and fauna.

 

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Hoofing it: Wandering the Windy City (and by Boat)

I had a great time in Chicago, it was a really great city to walk around and enjoy. The city is just enormous and has some of the tallest building in North America. It also well was/is home to some storied companies such as Sears, Montgomery Ward, F.W. Woolworth’s, Prudential, Wrigley and the local Tribune newspaper.

During our visit I had a chance to take the amazing Architectural river boat cruise and see many of these amazing buildings for a really great vantage point. The tour was really really great. It truly brought the city to life and allowed me to see the city on a way that I had not expected to see it in. The tour guide did a great job of describing the buildings and explaining why they were designed the way they were and talked a ton about the history of the city and its growth. Besides that he added a good bit of humor to keep the tour light and interesting too. I know that if I had not been on this three hour tour (really just 1 ½), I would not have come away from Chicago with  as much knowledge as I did about the history of it.

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My golden ticket for the Architectural Boat Tour

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Trump Tower,second largest building in Chicago.

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Visiting the Mecca of Baseball: Wrigley Field Chicago

Wrigley Field, what a gem. I was so excited to finally make it to this mecca, where they have been playing baseball for the past 100 years. Last week my friend and I went to Chicago to specifically visit Wrigley and root on the San Francisco Giants during their three game visit here. This trip had been planned since early January and I was so excited to finally visit Chicago as a tourist and get the chance to see the Cubs home park. Wrigley Field is famous for several things, it’s the oldest ballpark still being used for Major League Baseball, it has an ivy covered outfield wall and there are bleachers on many of the buildings outside the park that have views of the field. This kind of charm just can’t be manufactured, and although there are some amazing newer ballparks, this one harkens back to a different time. They still have a manual outfield scoreboard (it’s supposed to be retired after this year), they have very limited advertising and very few electronic signs. You’re reminded of a much simpler time when you actually went to a game to watch it.

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A very famous corner, if you’re a fan of baseball.

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100th Anniversary

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My Chicago Food Tour

What else do you do in Chicago besides baseball and sightseeing? Eat of course! This is a town with so many acclaimed chefs and amazing restaurants. Beside the fancy places you have so many simple yet great foods to eat here too. Although the main focus of this trip was baseball, I had to eat so here are a few pictures of some of my favorites.

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My first meal in Chicago, the amazing LOU…Malnatis

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Raku Time

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The Raku Kiln approximatley 1800 degrees F

As some of you know I have a side hobby, sure travel is my favorite thing to do, but man can’t live on airplanes alone. I also love to make pottery. I do all of my work on an electric kiln at a city run art studio, and have taken classes off and on since 2006. I really focus on function pieces, bowls, mugs, plates and the like. I have lots of other things in my head that I’d like to make, but between other time commitments and the sheer difficulty of learning and making new things I have not come close to becoming half way decent at making much else. Continue reading

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Our babies have flown the nest

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Mommy holding down the fort

We’ve been very lucky to have a hummingbird family living in our backyard for the past month or so. My wife first spotted the nest and the mommy and then several other hummingbirds hanging around our enormous Oak tree. We finally found the postage stamp of a nest, no bigger than a golf ball. It truly was an amazing site, and I spent countless hours just staring at it and the bird incubating its eggs.

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The nest is so small

Finally one day we saw babies, yes two little guys hanging out in the nest. I just can’t tell you how incredible it was to see mommy and two little birdies attempt to live in this minuscule house. But man was it cute. Sadly after about two weeks of living with mom the birds vanished, we hope that flew away but other than that we have not had any sightings of the babies. I think I still see the mom around occasionally, but we never did get to see the kiddos fly. Continue reading

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Walt Disney World: Wandering the parks a photo essay

For our annual vacation this year we decided to visit Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida for a week. This trip report contains entries on why we’re going, how we got there, where we stayed and what we did at the Mouse House.

Previous Posts:
Yeti Up, Yet’s Go- Why we’re going to WDW
Why I spent $160 on Delta Airlines- planning our trip to WDW
Review: WDW Magic Bands-A new way to stay, play and pay
Review: Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
Giraffes, giraffes, giraffes, elephants and lions oh my!
Wandering the parks a photo essay

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Kaaaa Chaw

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Selfie of a selfie

Recently my family and I went to Walt Disney World for a weeklong vacation. We had a great time and enjoyed the park immensely. I’ve been meaning to post some of my favorite pictures that didn’t make the cut in other posts, so I’m finally getting around to doing so. Continue reading

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Giraffes, giraffes, giraffes, elephants and lions oh my

Giraffes, giraffes, giraffes, elephants and lions oh my!

For our annual vacation this year we decided to visit Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida for a week. This trip report contains entries on why we’re going, how we got there, where we stayed and what we did at the Mouse House.

Previous Posts:
Yeti Up, Yet’s Go- Why we’re going to WDW
Why I spent $160 on Delta Airlines- planning our trip to WDW
Review: WDW Magic Bands-A new way to stay, play and pay
Review: Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
Giraffes, giraffes, giraffes, elephants and lions oh my!
Wandering the parks

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