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Weekly Photo Challenge: Solitary

If I wanted to see any photos of me in St. Petersburg, I had to get creative. I took advantage of the huge mirrors inside the Mariinsky Theatre for this shot with my Droid X.


This is my entry for the Weekly Photo Challenge: Solitary.
Mariinsky Theatre
It’s a beautiful venue for ballet. I enjoyed my solo work trip/vacation in Russia.

I’m also ready to travel again! I have a never-ending “to do” list for our Barcelona trip. I’m doing the thumbs up/thumbs down process with my mental wardrobe. My bedtime reading: Lonely Planet Guidebook to Barcelona.

I also want to straighten out the moving box jungle inside my home office before I step on the plane at SFO. It may sound ambitious. I think I can do it.

Soon, I’ll be updating this blog with photos from Spain.


Bridge Music

I had this song playing over and over in my head as I wandered around St. Petersburg last year.
I watched a trailer for “Eat Pray Love.” It had this song in the background. Then I read the book in my hotel room, after my classes in Russia. Something about the beat and the simple lyrics worked with walking over the Neva River.

Now, it’s my favorite tune to listen to as I drive over the Bay Bridge.

Terminal 4


ONTARIO – About to board our flight to San Jose. My hubby treated us to a weekend with family and friends in So Cal. We celebrated my cousin’s birthday. We watched two different dogs sniff butts and protect their humans. We ate too much good food. We witnessed a basketball favorite fall to a Cinderella story from Virginia. Oh yeah. I also updated news and my social media networks for my job.

Overall – I think we had a good time.

While you were sleeping

ST. PETERSBURG – Thank God for Bailey’s. I nearly fell asleep at dinner last night. This sweet after-dinner liquor perked me up and gave me enough energy to explore the Historic Heart and the Neva riverbank with my hosts from St. Petersburg State University.

Neva River at Sunset

I could have spent my first day in Russia catching up sleep. Instead, I ignored my jet lag and walked around my new home away from home. Before sunset, I savored the beautiful, classic buildings and the colorful history of Peter’s “Window to Europe.”

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Less than two weeks to go before I’m flying to St. Petersburg. I still have a ton of editing and writing to finish. I also have to work on new subjects for new lectures.

I’m sure I will be working on these presentations on the plane. In the meantime, I’m trying to get a better idea of what to expect in St. Petersburg.

Some travel prep notes:

  • Travel Document Systems e-mailed my Russian Visa. Woot! It was an adventure trying to apply for a visa at the Russian Consulate in San Francisco. I’ll blog more about it – soon.
  • Share photos on twitter with Twitpic

  • I bought a new battery for my MacBook at the Apple Store in San Francisco
  • Preparing for my #kvprussia trip. Just need to figure out whi... on Twitpic

  • I borrowed some international converter plugs from Suzanne. I guess I’ll see which one works in St. Petersburg.
  • I’m learning some Russian phrases thanks to the one-minute lesson podcasts by Radio Lingua.
  • My bedtime reading is the Lonely Planet Guide to St. Petersburg.

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Driving more than 1400 miles

When you get older, leave your ordinary life behind and hit the open road.

Highway 1D in Mexico
I’m trying to get used to the fact that I’m officially in my 30s: married, working, domesticated and totally reliable. We have a good life in Cow Town and we have stable jobs. After a few bumps in the road, I am happy to be working as a journalist.

So when May rolled around and we stared at the reality of turning a year older, we decided to celebrate with a couple of weekend getaways.

In fact, it took us two weekends and 1,000+ miles on my hubby’s Corolla to celebrate our birthdays in May.

At the beginning of the month, we took advantage of my 3-day weekend (a prelude to my 10-day work week in the newsroom) and drove to Lake Tahoe. We left the chains behind and looked forward to hiking on the cliffs next to the lake, all under sunny skies.

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Snow Snow Snow

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, CALIF. — Watching delicate snowflakes fall outside our motel room. It’s beautiful by the lake and kinda empty. Apparently, we arrived a week before the start of the big ski/snowboard season.

I’ll have to help my hubby clear off the all this white stuff from his car. Soon.
Waking up to snow falling in Tahoe. You can barely see our Toyota #fb

It seemed like a good time to do a weekend trip to the Sierra. I was inspired by a fellow journalist taking off for Guatemala after she finished up her contract.

My plan for this vacation: catch-up on sleep, eat, drink and enjoy the snow. Sounds like we’re getting another big dumping of snow later today. We may get snowed in. I think that sounds romantic for now. I suppose my hubby can telecommute from our motel room.

Anything is possible.

Taste and See

JFK INTERNATIONAL, NY — Sipping a Magic # 9 Ale inside the Jet Blue Terminal. Spicy, hoppy and it has a clean finish.

We have a little bit of a wait for our flight back to Sacramento. We also had a little bit of a delay. Earlier, authorities grounded all flights at JFK because of stormy weather. I am so happy that system moved out of our area. Now I’m looking forward to 90-degree weather and sunny skies.

View over Chippewa. Waking up in downtown Buffalo &  celebrating 4 years of marri
This is the view over Chippewa Street from our room at the Hampton Inn. We celebrated our 4th anniversary in downtown Buffalo. On that night, I introduced a bartender to his first mint julep and we had some amazing gourmet Cajun cuisine at the Shango Bistro near the University of Buffalo.

I love spending time with my hubby and waking up with him. My work schedule has me falling asleep without him. Plus, it was lovely to catch up with his side of the family in Western New york

And from beef on weck to chicken feet – we sampled a staggering amount of food on this vacation.

We logged more than 2,000 miles on the rental car and visited the following states, territories and countries:

  • New York
  • Seneca Indian Nation
  • Tuscarora Indian Nation
  • Pennsylvania
  • Ohio
  • Canada

Viva la vacation!
Now, I miss California.
I’m ready to go home.

It’s Good For You

LOCKPORT, NY — Today, I listened to NPR’s Morning Edition while driving by farms and Lake Michigan. No deadlines, no beat checks, no IFB checks and no scanner traffic. Life outside of the newsroom feels good. I’m a recovering workaholic settling into her vacation. According to the University of Pittsburgh’s Mind-Body Center – my mind and body needed this vacation.

It’s good for you.

We’re visiting my in-laws in upstate New York. We’re in Lockport, near Lake Ontario.
Mass by Lake Ontario. Going to church at St. Brendan in Olcutt #fb
The other day, we went to an outdoor mass with Lake Ontario as the backdrop.
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