Washington DC: Formal But Fun

December 6, 2010 Leave a comment

I’ve lived in Washington DC for a little over seven weeks now. Time enough to get the lay of the land and understand a bit about how the city and its inhabitants function, but not so much time that I don’t still get surprised on occasion by what goes on around me. I’ve visited DC a few times growing up but never lived here and seeing the city through (somewhat) adult eyes is an entirely different experience. DC has its quirks, good and bad, just like any other city I’ve lived in, but it’s those differences that make traveling and living in new places a worthwhile experience. Here’s some of the things I’ve noted that define the city, at least in my head: Read more…

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Tales of Europe: English Entertainment With Portia and Pals

November 30, 2010 Leave a comment

I spent a lot of time in London during my travels, first a ten-day stay on my own, then a couple, briefer stays in between other trips around the British Isles. On those other times in London I stayed with my friend Portia, a wonderful friend I made during my Semester at Sea academic cruise in summer 2008. Portia lives in London near Wimbledon, going to Richmond University and working to become a full-time professional photographer among other things. She’s very talented and smart as one can see, and generous enough to lend me her floor/couch when I needed it.

Portia and I had a lot of fun, whether going to the Notting Hill Festival, a celebration of Caribbean culture, or just going to the movies, which we did twice in rather quick succession. We explored London’s biggest comic book shop and more than a few pubs, a really great and relaxing break between more hectic trips.

One of the best things we did was go to Read more…

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Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson

November 29, 2010 Leave a comment

One of my favorite parts of traveling to New York and New Jersey to see family is when my father and I go to see a Broadway show. It’s an interest we share that simply doesn’t appeal to either my mother or my brother and so is a good bonding experience for us and frankly just a lot of fun. The combination of story and song grabs me, and seeing a live show is exhilarating in a way that no movie or television show ever could be. It is almost surprising that I like it at all let alone so much, considering that just music, just dance, and (often but not always) just theater don’t really appeal to me. The whole is greater than the sum of the parts.

This particular trip, the compromise my dad and I made on what to see (as Spider-Man doesn’t start until next week and Scottsboro Boys did not appeal to me) came to Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson, a show neither of us had heard anything about but that promised spectacle and history with a rock soundtrack in a combination that I thought would appease both of our tastes.

And I was right. BBAJ entertained nearly Read more…

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I Have a Blog? Oh Right, That Thing…

November 16, 2010 Leave a comment

So I told myself when I went to Munich in January that I would start and keep a blog regularly updated while I was there. And I did. Good for me. But then my internship ended and I spent nine amazing weeks traveling all around Europe. Despite my best intentions, I got so caught up in actually traveling that after a a couple of weeks my updating basically ended for the duration. No regrets, I was busy. But now it’s the middle of November, my life has changed and settled (for a while at least) so I feel like I can start things up again. I’m going to try some new things, keep some of the old things I liked, and generally just get back into the blogging regularly thing. As before, the “journal” type entries are at heart for me, and for those who might be interested. There may be a migration of them to somewhere else if, (as I hope), I start blogging in a more professional style as well. As a sort of “where am I now” update, here’s some bullets:

  • I am living in Washington DC
  • I am working as a writer for the Environmental Protection Agency
  • I hope to have a place to live that is not crashing with my brother very soon
  • The social scene in DC and in America in general is…different from Munich, so we shall see how that develops


That’s about it for real basics. In between regular updates I’m going to include “Untold Tales of Europe” to put in some of the stuff I would have blogged about had I the time while I travelled, as well as I hope FINALLY finishing transcribing the Scotsman Interview (amusingly out of date in some ways but what the hell I only did it for fun anyway). That’s all for now, tomorrow begins the new saga…

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Something’s Fishy in Sweden

After leaving the Berlin hostel and dealing with a surprisingly strict security process at the airport, I found myself on a plane to Sweden. Stockholm turned out to be beautiful, warm, and full of people out enjoying the weather. After getting to my hostel and dropping my stuff off (at the top of a narrow staircase in a huge room full of beds). I immediately set out to see some the islands that make up the city. I loved wandering the narrow streets and admiring the palace and all the banks and civic buildings that spoke of a long and reasonably happy history, at least in modern times. I found myself accidentally near the place where Rick Steves said his books could be bought in Sweden. Much like Berlin, he was wrong and no one knew who he was unfortunately. Despondent, I bought a couple of small tour books, one for Stockholm and one for my next destination, Amsterdam. To cheer myself up, I asked at the hostel for a good Swedish place for dinner and had some excellent herring stuffed with salmon, before heading over to a giant tower from where I could watch the sun set the water and islands alight with colors as it sank slowly below the horizon (to the accompaniment of incessantly clicking cameras and the whir of video cameras, a sort of mechanical applause in a way). I wandered about in the dark, kept company by Read more…

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The Scotsmen Interview: Part Three

I know, I know, it’s been forever, why even bother. Well I want to get the rest of it transcribed and share it on here, so after many months, the Scotsmen Interview: Part Three. This time with fun Jamie stories and why the Scots accent is so charming… This continues from Part One and Part Two.

ES: So, do you miss Glasgow?

JD: Yeah I miss things about it. I’m not at the “I want to move back” stage of things, but yeah I miss a lot of it, certainly friends and family and that sort of thing. Actually that’s tolerable because you know I’ve got friends over here, but I miss knowing the city like I know Glasgow. Like in Glasgow I know where to be, where to go out on a certain night… just knowing the city, knowing where to go and all the best stuff. I also miss shopping back home, clothes shopping. And me and my group would go out oh two or three nights a week.

ES: Like really going out or just getting a beer?

JD: Oh yeah, really going out. There’s no half measures when we go out.

ES: Did you date a lot then or were you as off girls then as you are now.

JD: Dating? No not really. I’ve not had a proper girlfriend since my last girlfriend and we split in University. We dated…quite a long time, five or six years or so.

ES: When did you split up?

JD: Eh…three or so years ago or something I think?

[Fraser re-enters the room and sits back on the bed after his phone call]

FC: Sorry about that.

ES: No worries. We were just waxing reminiscent about Glasgow.

FC: So where were we?

ES: You got to Munich, you were making friends but didn’t have anything really set up, and then you meet Kristyn in Novermber-ish?

FC: It was before Christmas slightly right?

JD: No no we didn’t meet…It must have been… Oh yeah yeah of course it must have been November because I remember her coming out to Max and Moritz [a Munich night club] with us before we went back for Christmas. Maybe we met in November and started going out in December.

FC: Yeah and then Kristyn brought all the new ones like Eva and Morgan.

ES: Right that’s when I was there.

FC: That was your first time as well?

ES: Yeah, in my perspective then it seemed very well organized, like you had a whole system set up.

JD: That was probably the time we were really starting it. It wasn’t like that previously, it wasn’t as well organized.

FC: Yeah it definitely wasn’t like this before, no planning just asking people if you wanted to go out this weekend.

JD: Yeah like remember when we met to Max and Moritz with Roel, us two, Ross, Kristyn. But at that point Kristyn was the only girl.

ES: Now coming to the part where I was around… the comments that I get. Read more…

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A brief interlude for more bizarre search phrases

salzburg panorama painting laundry, “jamie and patrick” commitment celebration, dachau, weekend nuremberg

Also, whoever was searching terms like these a few days ago, I hope you found what you’re after…

eric sorcha ross making out kissing, eric schwartz blog munich sorcha ross, erichalschwartz sorcha ross kiss

Quite a theme…

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