24 October 2011

Everything is Bigger in Texas

It's true, and I really mean everything.  Cowboy Stadium (aka Jerry World), Homecoming Mums (Google this phenomenon...), high school football stadiums, my family... yeah.  My family in Texas is all SO TALL!!  I had to buy a new pair of shoes with heels so I could be "Texas Size" while I was there :)

My paternal grandparents are from Texas/Oklahoma, and much of the family still lives there.  About 4 years ago, I had the chance to meet some of the family - my grandma's cousin (who is more of a sister to her), and her kids & grandkids.  Earlier this month, I went back with my grandma and aunt to visit again.  I stayed Friday - Monday because I couldn't take more time off work, but they stayed for a week and a half!  I had so much fun hanging out with my {4th & 5th} cousins.  The grandkids (14 & 16) are both competitive swimmers, and in high school.  I spent most of my time with the family, running various errands, helping the 16 year old get ready for her first homecoming dance, going to a high school football game, and a swim meet.  Each day we met up with the whole family for a meal - lunch on day one to facilitate my transfer to the house I'd be staying at, dinner at one of the kids' house on day two, out to dinner for a birthday on day 3, and lunch on day 4 to facilitate my transfer back to the airport!

20 October 2011

Japan to Give Away 10,000 Airline Tickets!

Check this out - http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/abc-blogs/10-000-free-round-trip-tickets-japan-134142507.html

Wow!!  All I have to say is, "where do I sign up??"  The tourism industry in Japan has been hurting since the earthquake/tsunami/nuclear issue that happened in March.  I've heard it's a beautiful country - a 'must see.'  And I really can't wait to get there!  Coming from a marketing standpoint, this is a fabulous way to get people back to Japan!  And, requiring that participants blog about their fabulous adventure??  GENIUS. 

I know I'll be first in line in April if this passes - who is going to be waiting with me? 

Where have I been?

It seems appropriate to start this new blog off with where I've been before...  Previously I was doing all my blogging at whitneybryann.livejournal.com.  Then I started a vegan blog (veganizetheworld.blogspot.com), and today I decided to start a blog dedicated to one of my favorite things in the world - TRAVEL!! 

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” – Mark Twain

This is one of my favorite quotes of all time.  More on travel quotes later - there are a lot of good ones out there! 

So - where have I been? 
  • US States: Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, California, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Louisiana, Illinois, Indiana, Hawaii and Michigan. 
  • Mexico: Puerto Vallarta, San Jose del Cabo, Los Barriles, Algodones
  • Canada: British Columbia and Alberta
  • Australia: Brisbane, Sydney and Uluru
Can you tell I live on the west coast? I'm slowly working my way east, and will one day {hopefully soon} be able to say I've been to all 50 states.  16 down, 34 to go!

Next up - where do I want to go?  easy - EVERYWHERE.  Where am I going next?  Costa Rica, in November!

Where have YOU been?