Monthly Archives: April 2010

Interview with El Mundo

Posted by on April 30, 2010

Bienvenido, los lectores de El Mundo! Espero que disfruten de este sitio! Si usted tiene alguna pregunta para mí, por favor deje un comentario.

I was interviewed by El Mundo yesterday, one of the largest newspapers in Spain. You can read the article (in Spanish) here. Read an online translation of the article in English. It was fun and a great honor to be featured in one of the largest Spanish media outlets.

Valencia Update

Posted by on April 29, 2010

I’ve arrived in Valencia after 24 hours of airports and airplanes and have been keept exceptionally busy since.

I’ve been taking photos, exploring the city, eating fantastic food and met some great people. I’ll be writing in more detail as soon as I can find some free time to go through my photos and write a longer piece.

Some of the highlights:

  • The Valencia Cathedral has the supposed Holy Grail. (thanks to Spud Hilton for the tip)
  • I’ve had paella for lunch both days I’ve been here. Its a rice dish which is the signature dish of Valencia.
  • I got a tour of the Palau de les Arts, which I honestly believe is the most impressive building on Earth. I’m not exaggerating when I say that.
  • I visited my 111th World Heritage Site: La Lonja de la Seda de Valencia.

Today I’m going to speak at a tourism industry event (which is why I’m here. They paid for my trip to Spain.) and will be moving down the coast over the weekend to Benidorm and Alicante.

I also want to give a shout out to Lillie Marshall of who was in Spain and came up to Valencia to hang out with me. She’s been great fun so far.

Spain Stream of consciousness

Posted by on April 25, 2010

I’m in the Bangkok airport where I arrived very early waiting to board my 12 hour flight to Valencia.

While I’m sitting here, I figured it would be interested to inventory just exactly what I know about Spain. I haven’t read much specifically for this trip, so I thought it would a fun exercise.

So here is the regurgitation of everything I can think of about Spain…. (more…)

Bye Bye Bangkok

Posted by on April 23, 2010

I'm looking forward to being able to walk down the street and not worry about what color shirt I'm wearing

I'm looking forward to being able to walk down the street and not worry about what color shirt I'm wearing.

My tickets have finally been booked, the ash cloud is favorable, and it appears I’ll be in Spain in about 24 hours.

I’ve spent almost three months in Bangkok which is more time than I’ve spent in any other city since I’ve started my travels. While I have been here I didn’t visit a single temple or tourist attraction. I did something totally different from what I’ve been doing the last three years: living as an expat.

Normally, because I travel alone, I meet people but never develop any sort of friendships. Usually I don’t even get last names. In Bangkok I was able to meet a large group of people and was actually able to experience something resembling a social life. Almost every night I could find something to do with a group of people somewhere in Bangkok. I probably drank more in the last three months than I did in the last three years combined.

Just some of the people I met in Bangkok include Jodi Ettenberg, Greg Jorgensen, Cody McKibben, Sean Ogle, Kevin Revolinski, John Berns, Sarah Lipman, and Richard Escobar. I’m going to miss many of the people I met in Bangkok and hope to meet them again. (more…)