Travel


Some of my travel photos are here. My recent trips have been to Puerto Rico, Edinburgh, Scotland, Cancún, Mexico, and Berlin, Germany. London, UK is scheduled for May, 2020!

The Scotland trip (June 2019) was mostly to see my favorite band Level 42. The concert was fantastic; it was an all-day festival of 80's bands called Let's Rock Scotland. I also did a Loch Ness cruise, train ride from Edinburgh to Inverness that was just amazing, bought a kilt, ate a Burns supper complete with haggis, and climbed an extinct volcano called Arthur's Seat. Cancún (December 2018) was a solo trip-a package deal resort at Secrets Capri Riviera. I was on the tail-end of a pretty awful flu when I went so that really stole my enjoyment of the trip. I still had fun and self-medicated with lots of great cocktails while relaxing on the beach. I made a wonderful trip to Tulum to see the Mayan ruins there and swam in a cenote.
The Berlin trip was incredible, I took my mom with me because I saw this as exploring our heritage (her maiden name was Goss and her mother's maiden name was Siler, so we have some German lineage on her side.) We stayed at the Raddison Blu hotel which was a great place to stay. We did a lot of great shopping and sightseeing around Berlin but the highlight of the trip, aside from Berlin itself, was a visit to the Sachsenhausen concentration camp. We spent a lot of time in museums and landmarks like Brandenburg Gate.

The last time I was in San Francisco was 1989. I flew out of SFO when I was discharged from the Army and haven't been back until August 2019. I returned for the Jenkins World conference and had a great time. One of my priority stops was to return to the Hard Rock Cafe which I had first visited while still in the Army. The first visit was in a stretch limo with the Beach Boys, but I was so completely broke that I just had a glass of water. So this return trip I had a mandate to go back to the HRC and have a good meal this time. Which is exactly what I did, although the location had moved to Pier 39. Which was great because I got to check that out while I was there.
I had a wonderful time in Puerto Rico! I visited El Yunque rain forest, Castillo San Felipe del Morro, walked around Viejo San Juan, and got a lot of sun while it was cold in North Carolina. I was able to try some mofongo at Alambique Beach Lounge and made it to the San Juan Hard Rock Cafe- my two recurring objectives when I travel to new cultures is to get HRC swag and try the main local dish. Coming soon! I'm taking my mom to London where we'll be staying at the Radisson Park Plaza Westminster- directly across the Westminster bridge from Big Ben!
I went to Calgary for a business trip about 7 years ago, when I was still a Business Analyst for TMW Systems. I have some photos but I'm not sure where they are. I was in Panama when I was in the Army, around 1987. Unfortunately I don't have many photos, but there are a few from an excursion to Fort San Lorenzo.
I went to Australia back in 1988 for the Army. Got to snorkle on the Great Barrier Reef and did a whitewater rafting trip. Managed to avoid the cassowaries, somehow.

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