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As I look back on this year, with the 4th of July just around the corner, I confess that 2017 has been a mild, mellow ride; I’ve celebrated wonderfully unforgettable moments but have also traveled far less than I normally do. This is a travel year for so many people, but for my family, it has been a year of healing and feathering the nest.
Life has a funny way of doling out surprises — one day is never like another. Some days I feel as though I’m resting atop a beautiful mountain and others I am sitting at its bottom, the only view uphill. Work has been changing for me, evolving and growing, which is great, but it is taking more and more of my time.
Don't misunderstand, I’m grateful and truly blessed. My family is healthy, happy and I’m doing what I love, but travel is taking a back seat. I’ve cancelled or postponed more trips than I have completed this year. But I did manage to go to Iceland and visit a couple of favorite spots so far.
To read more about Iceland click here and here or hit the tag.
Since I haven't left New Mexico much this year, most of my time has been spent learning more about the area via short day trips and weekend road trips. There are many cool parks, nature areas and events close by.
I almost forgot... I did manage to squeeze some time out for fun in New York. Read about some of those adventures here.
I think next year will see us traveling much more and I know 2019 we will be leaving for Asia and MAJOR adventures there. #Excited So this time in New Mexico is much needed as we plan the trip and work out the details.
I cannot wait to see what the next 6 months bring!
See you at the airport~
So after leaving Iceland (Insert sobbing because I didn't want to leave) we went to back New York for a few days more days. (Read about the January trip here.) It was a non stop, pleasant night flight from Iceland to JFK.
When we arrived in NYC it was much colder than in Iceland and a huge storm was on the way. We left NYC a few days later just as the blizzard was hitting the East coast. Well actually we left 4 hours before they shut the airports down due to the blizzard hitting full force! #Goodtiming
And then back across town to the hotel. I have video of the cab ride, but it's pretty blurry. So use your imagination...NYC at night is really cool.
Another amazing day and a new adventure begins!
We haven't done this in forever!
Let's play "What the Hell have I been posting" okay?
In no particular order here are a few of my latest posts on IG and a brief explanation.
This was taken in Freshark in New York. I adore their fresh food and visited daily for the smoothies and Vegan burgers! (Read about it HERE) I was in New York in January and again a few days ago, so it would seem like this is going to be a good year for traveling!
I have been blogging some about the recent trip to Iceland. Check here and here or just hit the Iceland tag here.
Really pretty handmade jewelry in New Mexico. I may have returned ready to shop, lol.
I actually have a ton of pictures from this trip I need to sort and write about. Isn't the jewelry amazing?
The weather has been so, so crazy!
1st trip to NYC and it was snowing, and it was colder there than in Iceland! 2nd trip to NYC and it's spring like weather, until the day after we leave and a blizzard hits! OMG! #WTF??
I'm so glad for my cozy socks, and to be back home - let it snow!
Catch you later-
As you may recall from this post I recently went to New York. We had an amazing time! I had business in Long Island and Rockville, (yes, thats an actual place) and then had some free time. Here is a bit of this adventure...
Excellent place for smoothies and juice. I ate there, errr 3 times this visit. They aren't cheap but the food is fresh and organic. They source local produce and are always busy. Well worth a visit if you are in the area. Here is the link to their menu if you want to see for yourself. Menu
It was a really enjoyable few days. I promise to take tons of pictures when I return in February.
See you at the airport -
I love late night flights.
JetBlue runs a nonstop flight from ABQ to JFK leaving at midnight MT and arriving around 6:00 a.m. New York time. The fare is affordable enough you can upgrade to "more room" seats and still afford to take your luggage, lol.
It was coldish in Albuquerque, around 22' F so I was very glad to see the shuttle bus.
When we left the airport was very quiet. The shuttle driver informed me that this was the only plane leaving at this time, so we breezed through security with the rest of our fellow passengers.
Oh and if you are thinking of booking, plan ahead. This flight was almost full - I'm glad I booked well in advance.
It was a busy day, running last second errands and getting everything ready to leave. I try to purchase what I think I'm gonna need (like travel adapters, extra cords, etc) ahead of time and not rely on the airport shops. Most of the airport shops in ABQ were closed, but a few cafes were still open as people had one last beer or taco, lol.
We boarded quickly and were off...
I have read nightmare stories about JetBlue, but honestly have never had any problems flying with them. (And honestly I don't know of anyone else that has.) #Propaganda?
I don't know, everyone can have an "off day" but thankfully this was a good time to fly.
From there it was Uber to a nice hotel and breakfast.
I called the hotel in advance to make sure we could get an early check-in. Our room was ready for us at 6:30 a.m. with no extra charge. #AnotherWin
It really does pay to become "members" of your fav hotel chains. They often go out of their way to help you. We ate breakfast and took a nap before for the next adventure began.
Next Post will be New York Adventures...
See you at the airport!
It's great to be back in New York again.
I have a list of NEW VEGAN places to check out while I'm here and a few new things I want to do. There is never enough time to do/see everything, even those this city never sleeps!
The flight in was lovely and the weather is better than I expected. Plus it's always nice to return to NYC, any time of the year.
Check out my twitter and IG accounts for live pictures as I continue to explore this amazing city. I don't think I will have time to write much until things settle down, meaning I may not blog about this until March. (Not kidding) #TrueStory
Catch you later-
It's great being back in New York. I started this trip from ABQ (New Mexico) you can read about it here, if you haven't already. I'm also attempting to catch up on some of the old posts I have started but never bothered to finish, like the Strawberry post and a few others. #WishMeLuck
Anyway, here are a few random bits of my adventures from this week...
I had business in Rockville, yes, thats an actual place. (See map)
Rockville is a commuter community connected to New York by the Long Island Rail Road. So you are really close to everything but also have a nice small town feel too. I finished up with clients and headed to Freshark a few times each day. The food was really good, not cheap, but good. Lunch for two - Smoothes and sandwiches will cost you $40usd - But its all fresh and locally sourced and really good. I recommend it -
When I find good vegan food I stick with it! So when I wasn't in Freshark I was roaming around exploring. The city is pretty safe and on the weekend lots of people are out walking aroud shopping and relaxing.
Then it started snowing! But I kept shopping, lol.
Next post will be on my Iceland Adventures!
Catch you later-
It's September and it's time to make the crossing again. I was whining and crying about leaving the UK - but the cruise was lovely. We had a wonderful time. The seas were smooth, the food was great and service is always top notch with Cunard. This was our 3 trip to date sailing with them. Read about the first trip here and our trip in January here.
We have made the crossing with other cruise lines, and each has its perks. But for overall calmness Cunard wins hands down. I just like to be left alone- let me lie in the sun, gamble or read. I don't need constant stimulation - I want to relax for God's sake.
This voyage we sailed from Southampton (UK) to New York City (USA).
We lazed out and ate take out while in Southampton. #GoodTimes
And didn't do much else.
The cruise terminal is very organized and there is very little "stand up/wait in line/move one foot and stand in line" like some places I've been. We arrived, dropped bags, checked in, went through security and then boarded. Easy Peasy.
We pushed off and were on our way. Steady sailing to New York.
I walked 2 miles every day and then enjoyed just being on deck. The closer we sailed to American the warmer the weather.
See you at the airport-
We spent a few days (and I worked) in New Jersey right after we arrived from England. I am always surprised at how nice, warm and friendly the people are. 'Jersey gets a bad rap in popular culture, but it's a lovely place to visit.
Pretty, right? Not what you would except.
And I was very surprised and HAPPY to see a Keurig in the hotel room! Hello Coffee!
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