2015: Year in Review

One more time

January 2015: Visiting New York for a birthday weekend for my boo, filled with surprises – including his parents arriving for brunch, Aladdin on Broadway, and dinner out with a champagne toast from my parents (via technology).

January 2015 - NYC - Aladdin - birthday
January 10, 2015 | Aladdin on Broadway

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You have been, and always shall be, our friend

LLAP | May 11, 2014 | Tahiti


We Have To Go Back

beach mirrorgram
September 1, 2013

I spent Labor Day weekend in and around Virginia Beach — but only one measly day on the beach itself and about 16 hours in traffic.

Ummm, where did the summer go?

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LLAP around the world

When traveling with me, one must take a moment to be photographed doing the Vulcan salute. It is known. (For real.) (Seriously.)

Here’s a round-up of a few of my favorites.

On the wall around Graceland, during my birthday trip there in 2011 with Jonathan, Alissa, and Kate. (After this picture was taken, I can clearly remember Kate saying, “Was the hand thing really necessary?” Yes. Always.)

Vulcan Salute on the walls around Graceland
April 16, 2011

On the grass near the port in Galway, on one bright, sunny Irish morning. (So green.)

on the grass in Galway
October 29, 2012

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US Intermission

For Eid al Fitr (the Feast to End the Fast), Tank and I headed back to the States. His college roommate, my oil painting buddy, and all-around True Nordic friend Leif was getting married. Leif’s wedding almost perfectly lined up with the Eid — so we decided to make a mini vacay out of it.


Jonathan is ridiculous when it comes to using his kindle case instead of (the horror!) holding his kindle in his hands. (So common…) Exhibit A:

The Kindle is too Heavy for Tank's delicate extremities

Our reading material for the trip: me = The Russian Debutante’s Handbook by Gary Shteyngart, Jonathan = book 5 of A Song of Ice and Fire.

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Akko: Day 2

Day 1 in Akko was a bit “meh.” High hopes were had for Day 2 — so after a spot o’ tea and a bit o’ breakfast, we hit the road.

Palm Beach Club hotel is about two kilometers from the Old City, and because it appeared to be a bright sunny day, we opted to walk over. It was picturesque, with palm trees and flowering trees lining the road — this part in particular made me think of West Palm Beach, FL for some reason.

palm trees and flowering trees on the walk from the hotel to the Old City

Unfortunately it was also about 7 billion degrees. I was sweating my face off before we were even halfway there.

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Valley of Jehoshaphat

Well. Didn’t make it to the beach today… Instead: we slept in until about noon, had a leisurely breakfast, and decided to head into Jerusalem for a little sightseeing.

On a previous trip, we saw these tombs from the street — just outside of the Old City.

Valley of Jehoshaphat, as seen from the road outside the Old City

I thought they looked like something out of an Indiana Jones movie and obviously wanted to explore. Sadly, no time that trip — but plenty of time today!
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