Chicago to Los Angeles

 

I traveled over 43 hours from Chicago (which has been my home for the past four years) to Los Angeles (my new home). The train took us through sweeping plains, mountain passes, and vast deserts.

It was my first time traveling by train, other than the “L”. I was used to traveling long distances by car, or bus, or plane, but traveling by train was a whole different experience. It was, surprisingly, most like my trip via cruise ship around the caribbean last summer. The helpful crew and mealtimes lifted my travels a step up above bus travel. Having a bathroom aboard (multiple in every train car) was an improvement from car travel where frequent rest stops are common place.

Rolling along parts of the old Santa Fe trail and Route 66 made me feel as though I was in a spaghetti western. I half expected Clint Eastwood, or the like, to be gunslinging out my window. Old horse trails, where the grass still hasn’t grown back, remain like a time capsule. What once was the land of American “destiny” was now just a passing view on my trip elsewhere.

The majesty of America’s heartland and not-so wild west will be captured in a Travelogue coming soon.

 

 

Travelogue – Episode 4: Aruba

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Travel with me to the beautiful island of Aruba!

The family I was traveling with rented a car, and we spent the whole day circumnavigating the island. Along the way, we were treated to views of the ocean as well as the island’s rugged landscapes.

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Travelogue – Episode 3: La Romana

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Another port on the cruise, another travel video! During a train tour around the main part of the city, we were treated to views of vanilla trees, historical sites, and the lively downtown. Enjoy!

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Travelogue – Episode 2: Grand Turk

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I’m back at it again with another travel video! The newest in my series “Travelogue“.

The video features highlights from the few short hours I spent on the island. We only had time to explore the main tourist beach area. But, what I saw of the island was beautiful; crystal blue water, white sand beaches, and plenty of lush palm trees for much needed shade.

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Two Weeks in Paris – New Travel Video

“There is a feeling you get in the pit of your stomach when you walk into somewhere with an abundance of history. The feeling sweeps over you like a wave. It is a warm wave, sudden and oddly familiar.” – an excerpt from my Paris journal.

In January 2017, I spent two weeks in Paris, the city of lights. It was an amazingly beautiful and rewarding experience, and marked my first time out of the country. I have immortalized the highlights of my trip in this video: Two Weeks in Paris.

 

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