Travel

  • Jul 18, 2011

    The traditional Balinese way to greet and say goodbye is clasped hands in front of the chest, a bow and a smile.  At first, I found this a bit demeaning.  But a conversation with my guide, Wayan (pronounced WHY-ANN) changed this perspective.  He told me the Balinese live by three tenets; take care of nature, take care of each other and take care of God.

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  • Jun 28, 2011

    Richmond Park, Jamaica “This is my first grand!” My grandfather would shout to people when I would accompany him to the rum bar.  My chest swelled like a blowfish, and each time he said it I looked strangers in the eye and nodded. I liked hanging out with Papa because he’d let me drink rum with him.  My feet would dangle from the bar stool and my sl

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  • Jun 25, 2011

    Yoga or the gym? I thought with my eyes still shut as the bird chorus chirps outside my window.  I look over at my clock, it’s 8:20am, I can still make the 9:45am hot yoga class.  I roll over on my stomach and pull the covers tighter.  Looks like today, staying bed wins.  Since the breakup staying in bed has been winning over morning activity for quite

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  • Jun 24, 2011

    Hello Folks, I've started taking an online travel writing course at Matador U.  You will notice a diversion from my normal posts about my flight attendant life and adventures because the course calls for posting my homework assignments on my blog.  I will be sharpening my writing skills and working on my craft.  Wish me luck!  Thanks for your understand

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  • Jun 24, 2011

    Ever wondered just how much a flight attendant can cram into those carry-on bags?  Plenty.  Though many see packing as the least favorite part of the vacation prep, it is necessary to learn how to do it well.  Flight attendants are away from home for up to five nights a week.  Here are a few tips I’ve learnt in my travels that will change packing for y

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  • Jun 19, 2011

    The Altamont Court Hotel is tucked away in the heart of New Kingston.  Locally owned and operated by the Jarrett family, the 58 room hotel has been in operation for over twenty years.  I arrived at 9pm and breezed through the checking process.  The bell boy assisted me with my luggage to the top floor.  The spacious room had a king size bed and certain

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  • Jun 7, 2011

    In Jamaica where public transportation between the south coast’s Kingston and the north coast’s Montego Bay is relegated between an overpriced taxi or an overcrowded bus, the Knustsford Express is a welcome reprieve for travelers.  The bus goes express between Kingston, Ocho Rios and Montego Bay. Reservations are made on phone or internet in both Jamai

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  • May 21, 2011

    Hey guys, just a quick note to let you know there won't be a blog post next week. I will be in Jamaica filming my documentary on jerk cuisine. I have created a Facebook page for the film, where I will post the production details daily. Please "like" this page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Jamaican-Jerk-Tour/203230009712718 I'll make sure to post p

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  • May 16, 2011

    Greetings! Here is the little video I made for my Bali trip.  It wasn't selected for the Nomading Film Festival.  I am a little bummed, but I am still pushing forward with my other project, "The Jamaican Jerk Tour."  I am very excited about my next film!  Hope you like it, let me know what you think. [vimeo http://vimeo.com/23069003]

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  • I had a very interesting (to say the least) flirtation with a captain this week. As I mentioned in a Facebook post some time ago, the majority of the compliments I get about my hair are from white men. There’s something about being natural that they seem to like. [caption id="attachment_359" align="aligncenter" width="510" caption="Why do some white men f

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