Archive for 'TRAVEL'

 
December 01
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in Atlanta, after a yummy meal at Alons Bakery

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March 10
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Went skiing for the first time in about 2 years today. Like riding a bicycle. I went with some great people and also got to meet some new great people. We went to the local mountains here in Southern California, Mountain High Ski Resort and enjoyed a perfect day of skiing/snowboarding.

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February 28
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The beautiful and yummy things I got to eat in Washington DC.

bourbon bakery in arlington virginia

bourbon bakery in arlington virginia

salmon eggs benedict and waffle with fruit at dupont bar

salmon eggs benedict and waffle with fruit at dupont bar

salmon hash at kafe leupold

salmon hash at kafe leupold

8 oz waygu steak at bourbon steak in four seasons hotel

8 oz waygu steak at bourbon steak in four seasons hotel

butternut squash ravioli, fried chicken, and many others at founding farmers

butternut squash ravioli, fried chicken, and many others at founding farmers

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mack burger with bone marrow at ray’s to the third

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Prisoner 2011. Need I say more?

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tacos late at night at el centro omg

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chips and salsa at el centro

dean & deluca pastries

dean & deluca pastries

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half smoked dog at ben's chili bowl

half smoked dog at ben’s chili bowl

ben's chili bowl

ben’s chili bowl

thai coconut mussels at brasserie beck

thai coconut mussels at brasserie beck

oysters for reverse happy hour at old ebbitt grill

oysters for reverse happy hour at old ebbitt grill

oyster po boy sandwich from hank's oyster bar

oyster po boy sandwich from hank’s oyster bar

bbq oysters from hank's oyster bar

bbq oysters from hank’s oyster bar

charbroiled oysters from seaside in eden center

charbroiled oysters from seaside in eden center

parmesan trout at old ebbitt grill

parmesan trout at old ebbitt grill

 
February 18
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On Thursday and Friday, we set out to see as much of the sites outside as possible since it was sunny out. We knew that Saturday and Sunday would be rainy and cold, so we walked as much of the Mall as possible. I was quite impressed with us walking the whole rectangle of the Mall, visiting the Washington Monument first [we couldn’t get in from the reconstruction still going on], the whole length of the Reflecting Pool, to the Lincoln Memorial. We sat on the steps for awhile, soaking in the beauty of the Capitol [and taking a rest stop from all that walking!].

It was so hot by the time we got to the bottom of Lincoln Memorial. I was peeling off layers and sweating up a storm when we took this picture! I got someone standing nearby to take the pics of us, and my friends helped take pics of me at the Vietnam Memorial.

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these awesome bikes are for rent all over the city

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hanging out at the Lincoln Memorial steps

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Vietnam Memorial

 

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World War II Memorial is beautiful

 

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The Korean War Memorial

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the geese of the National Mall

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in front of the Smithsonian Institute

 washington monument. I had to do something different.

 love this beautiful couple

 Walked right by the American Bar Association…which reminds me that dues are coming up. =(

 

 

 Lincoln Memorial at night is my favorite

 

 

 
February 18
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I finally got tickets to see the US Capitol. We did the tour inside, and then went to the East side of the Capitol to take some pictures. Because it was so cold, coupled with President’s day holiday, there were barely any people in front. I took advantage of the space, made a makeshift tripod from my gloves, and set up the self timer.

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January 24
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In Nepal, we decided to head out of Thamel and see Swayumbhunath, also known as Monkey Temple. The temple is outside the city, so we taxied out. It dropped us off at the bottom of the hill and we looked up at a thousand steps. The walk up Swayambhunath was quite fun.  There are monkeys are everywhere! They are not afraid of humans at all, and the locals actually have to scare some of them off because  they flock around so much. On the way down the steps, a dad was carrying his little girl, and a mama monkey lost her baby, so she jumped on the dad’s back and started shrieking. Although I’m a giant fan of monkeys and all that fun, I do NOT want one shrieking on my back!

At the top of the temple, we walked around taking pictures of the monks and the landscape. A lot of pilgrims come to pray here, and butter lamps are lit around the temple. We got there late in the day, and got to see the sunset from the top, which was one of the most beautiful and relaxing days in Kathmandu. The colors are just perfect, and I was happy that I brought my book Eat, Pray, Love to read. The book, the city, the temple, and the sunset were the perfect combination, and I sat there for almost an hour soaking it all in.

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December 20
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One of the most interesting birthdays I’ve ever had was in Turkey. We had been travelling for over two months on our bar trip in 2010, and I had forgotten the days. We arrived in Cappadocia a few days before my birthday in November, and immediately booked a hot air balloon ride as it was the most popular way to see the fairy chimneys and pigeon houses. The night before, when we were getting ready to go to bed, I suddenly exclaimed, “It’s going to be my birthday tomorrow!”  Kat then followed suit with, “We are going on a hot air balloon!” Needless to say, we were incredibly excited when we went to bed that night. However, we did not feel the same at 4 am, when we woke up groggy eyed, took a long shuttle to the boonies of the boonies, sat through an excruciatingly long safety video in the cold room by the takeoff spot, and sipped on on hot chocolate to stay awake. Finally, the balloon was ready for us, so we and about 20 others trooped outside to see the last phase of the helium…and I suddenly woke up. This stunning sight was the first glimpse I had walking out of the headquarter building, and I ran to take this picture before it lifted off the ground.

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November 24
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Here are some pictures I got friends to take of me in Atlanta. I bought a gorgeous mustard colored sweater when I arrived, and it pairs really well with pretty much everything I brought with me. We hiked up Kennesaw Mountain so it was a little too hot for the sweater on the way up. But on the way down, it got a bit more chilly when the sun was about to set, so the sweater went back on!

 banana republic mustard sweater, express teal blue pants

 banana republic shirt, rockin republic jeans, aldo boots, kelly moore posey bag 2