Archive | February, 2011
2011/02/28

When do I become a Traveler

What makes a traveler a traveler, compared to a tourist or vacationer. How does one become a vagabond?  Is a tramp trendy or still out of fad -I mean Disney made a movie Lady and the Tramp,  and that didn’t seem too bad. Either way how does one become one, hop on the nearest train, it didn’t seem like it was the high life in The Jungle ? How far around the globe or how many locations do you need to hit to become a Round the World (RTW) traveler? How far must I wander to be a wanderer? Do I need to make money online to be a digital nomad and if so how much, to live off of, sustain my travels and if so for how long and how much must I earn?

I’ve always been bad with labels or titles, never really sure if I fit into this category or that. I think that is why I liked studying social studies, I became an expert at nothing but knowledgeable about everything…in the general sense that is. But right now I’m blogging and people are reading so I guess I’m a blogger even if I’m just a hobby blogger. I can dabble in and out of that terminology I guess, I doubt someone will challenge me on pageviews, Google page rank or Alexis scores. If so I’ll just fling poo at them…problem solved, but this traveling thing I’m not sure If I got that one down.

What if I do like GotPassport and relocate, are they travelers still? To me they are but then again I’m not even sure if I’m a traveler so can I claim someone elses’ status? On my map of the world I only have a few pushpins marking where I’ve been, sure to someone who’s only vacationed at a Sandals Resort once for a honeymoon, I’m a traveler but to someone like Adam, Ayngelina, Dave, Gary, Monica, Stephanie or a host of others do I rate? My list is looking a little…little. I want to backpack through this continent or that, and I likely will, but I’m not there yet and what if I never do? What if I just hope from country to country every couple of months for a few years? Am I a traveler then or just some temporary immigrant?  How do you define yourself and do you judge a little when someone who is clearly not a ‘insert title here’ but claims to be one of you? I’m sure you can say you don’t but you probably have some general idea of what makes a traveler/tourist/wanderer/vagabond/etc. even if you aren’t scoffing at someone for using the term when they clearly aren’t, you judge. Or how about judging those who are so judging about others, they aren’t a real traveler because they are so rigid and haven’t become open minded, right?

I’m a novice at all things and I don’t think I’ll ever claim to be this or that because I’ll never really embody any persona for all time and to everyone’s standards. I’m a temporary blogger who writes about varying topics like travel and beer. I’m curious about life and I’m a monkey but I’m not friggin Curious George, even though I gotta give that guy credit for putting monkeys on the map. In regards to labels I am all and I am nothing an amalgam of sorts at best, so pick one of those words and at that moment I just may be that, but if that is the case then what are you?

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2011/02/22

New Brew Tuesday: Tap Room No. 21 – Moe’s Backroom Amber Ale

Image Property Tap Room No. 21

Type: Beer – Belgian Pale Ale
Name: Tap Room No. 21 – Moe’s Backroom Amber Ale
Price: $6.99 (for a six-pack)
Made: Rochester, NY
Alc/Vol: 4.5%

This beer was picked up at a chain grocery store nearby, I picked it up because it seemed to be one of the few non-commercial beers. I don’t know if I would call this a microbrewery because the beer didn’t have that microbrew taste. It was very light in color and taste, it also was fizzy I know that it is weird to say that about a beer but I looked up what others said about this beer and read similar descriptions.

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2011/02/17

Packing the Perfect Portuguese Picnic

Algarvian Full, Image Property of Author: Ceri

If there’s one thing that really grinds my gears, it’s when tourists fly half way around the world and end up eating in a British pub. They order a plate of chips, a pint of lager, and sit there watching Manchester United play on the 52 inch flat-screen, happy to be surrounded by all the comforts of home. I’ll never understand this. If you want the comforts of home, then why not just stay at home? I may sound a little pedantic, but I’m the kind of person who wants to really experience a foreign country. I want to soak in the atmosphere, sample some authentic cuisine, stray from the beaten track a little and escape the hordes of camera-toting tourists. And this is why, on a recent trip to Southern Portugal, I decided to give the thousands of tourist-trap restaurants a miss, and make myself a picnic, complete with good food, decent drink, and a secluded, tranquil setting.

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2011/02/15

New Brew Tuesday: La Trappe Isid’or

Image taken from LaTrappe.nl

Image taken from LaTrappe.nl

Type: BeerBelgian Pale Ale
Name: La Trappe – Isid’or
Price: $4.99
Made: Holland
Alc/Vol: 7.5%

After last weeks hype up of Trappist beers you really think I would have bought just one? Heck No! André hyped up beer brewed by monks too much for me to just sample one. Plus I can’t walk out of a store with just one beer, he’d be all lonely and surely would prefer to come home with me with another friend, so in this case me and two beers…three is a party.

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2011/02/15

Monkeying Around in Japan

It’s here, it’s finally here…My video from when I was in Japan. Instead of doing something silly like grad school homework I decided to forgo my weekend by piecing together photos and video clips to make this awesome video for you. I’ve uploaded it on both Youtube and Vimeo for your viewing pleasure.

Video clips include the Tokyo Railway, Odaiba, Boro itchi festival, Akihabara, Ueno’s Ameyayokocho, Omte Sando’s Takeshita guchi, Mount Asama (Asama yama), Asakusa, Shibuya and it’s Hachiko guard dog, Tokyo Tower, Tokyo Sky Tree (new Tokyo Tower) Kyoto’s Golden Palace (Kinkakuji), Kiyomizu-dara and Fushimi Inari Shrine.

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