Category Archives: General Travel

Chosing Laundry over Writing?

It’s Tuesday afternoon.  I returned home from my last trip on Sunday evening.  I have not written one single word about my trip.  I’ve uploaded my photos and even done the laundry.  Since when do I choose laundry over writing?  What is wrong with me?

My new theory is that I don’t know how to go about writing about this last trip–a combination Disney and Universal Orlando trip–because it wasn’t really a trip.  It was a vacation.  And I’ve not gone on one of those in a while.

I did not go to Orlando to learn anything, to research anything, or to attend anything.  But I did have a great time for a number of reasons, and I do have a lot to share.  To make the sharing easier, I’m going to employ my most favorite writer’s block fix–I’m going to make a list.  That way I know what I’m writing about, you know what you’ll be reading about, and I’ll avoid one of those five thousand word posts including every detail of my trip.  You’re welcome!

In the posts to come, I will share…

-Photos from Animal Kingdom Lodge’s Wanyama Safari Tour, which included dinner at Jiko.

-Reviews of Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge and Universals’ Portofino Bay Resort.

-The story of how and why my mom vaulted herself across a parking lot and over a fence.

-A comparative analysis of Walt Disney World vs. Universal Studios vs. Las Vegas.

-A review of Mother’s Day Tea at the Grand Floridian’s Garden View Cafe.

-My new favorite attraction in Walt Disney World, which is in my ‘least favorite’ park.

-Tips on how to enjoy Disney Dining with a picky eater as a travel companion.

-A first-timer’s experience in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

-The story of how I lost my hair on The Hulk.

-Dining reviews for the flagship restaurants in each Universal Orlando Resort: Tchoup Choup, The Palm, and Bice

…and, likely, several other posts I’ve not discovered yet! 

Dear Husband–Your ‘Option C’

This list is dedicated to my dear husband who, after being given two vacation destination options, asked if there was a third.  Sweetie, this list is for you.

In my life, I would like to…

2.  hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.
3.  take a train from Toronto to Vancouver, stopping all along the way.
4.  drive the entirety of the Ring Road in Iceland.
5.  spend a month island hopping in Hawaii.
6.  rent a house in Napa or Sonoma county and visit wineries and redwood forests.
7.  take a river cruise from Amsterdam to Prague.
8.  experience the 35-Day Voyage of the Vikings cruise.
9.  return to the UK and do a multi-country self-driven tour, including England, Wales,    and Scotland.
10.  visit Bermuda.
11.  cruise from the east coast of the US to the west coast.
12.  Visit Australia and New Zealand.
13.  return to Vancouver and Amsterdam (accomplished by numbers 3 and 7).
14.  spend a week at an all-inclusive resort eating, drinking, and laying in the sun.

So dear–which one seems the most possible?  If you said ‘none of the above’, you win a gold star!

You’ll note that I’m missing a #1.  That’s the problem–my #1 birthday wish is in direct opposition to all of these travel dreams.  My number one travel dream is…

1.  Make travel and writing my career.

At this point, making number one happen might preclude any of the others from happening any time soon.  You see, in order for me to switch careers, I need a great deal of time and even more money, as ‘making it as a writer’ and ‘making the mortgage’ do not typically go together.  So you see, dear husband, your ‘option C’ just might be ‘stay home and tend the garden’.  And tend it well–because that may be the only food we can afford to eat all winter long!

I am a Walking Demographic

I just had to share this–in between my last post (maybe 30 minutes ago) and the posting of my next post (that I’ve been writing in Pages for the past 30 minutes) I received an email from cruises dot com with the following subject:  Special VIP Cruise Rates and Discounts for the Antonioli Family.

Clearly, big brother is watching.

And no, I didn’t open the email.  Just in case you were wondering.

Good News and Bad News

The good news:  my husband is on board with a last minute holiday trip (in lieu of any Christmas presents…or birthday presents…or Valentines day presents…you get the idea).  He even selected Belize as his number one option–yay!

The bad news:  there really is no such thing as a last minute holiday travel deal.  Crap.

Oh well.  I guess that’s what summer vacation is for, right?  Sigh….

Welcome to Blog on the Run!

For those of you coming to this blog from my Tale of Two Cities site–thanks for making the switch!  All future travel plans and musings will be recorded here, including the stories of any auxiliary trips we may take before or after The Great Mid Life Crisis Summer in Europe.  And if you’re thinking ‘hey–she calls it something different every time she refers to the trip’–you’re right.  I do.  This will continue to be a blog about said planning of said trip; in fact, I plan to continue blogging throughout the experience of Europalooza 2010.  Thanks for sharing my journey.

Getting Started

This is my last day at home before heading out on my final trip of the summer– a leisurely drive through NY state, a night over the Vermont border in Bennington, and then a week and a half at Breadloaf Writers’ Conference. I plan to blog along the way– what else do I have to do whilst sitting at restaurants by myself– and am hoping that this iPhone app works like it is supposed to. So…testing testing 1,2,3…

I’m attaching a picture as a test, too. I shall call it ‘goodbye to my coffee table’. This is me crossing my fingers.