Over the years, I've had some neat adventures, both around the world and right in my own back yard. Here is a sample of those adventures, as told through the pictures taken during those times.
Tripping Around the World
A couple jobs back, I made 9 trips to France in an 18 month period. I spent a total of 4.5 months of my life living out of my suitcase in Orleans, FR. It was a great time and allowed me to not only learn a lot about what I wanted to do with my professional life, but it also introduced me to an awesome culture.
My sister adopted 4 children from China and I had the priviledge to travel with her to pick up her fourth child. We spent a couple days in Beijing, being tourists, before taking a 9 hour train ride to Shenyang. Once there, we spent 10 days getting to know my new nephew and seeing the local sites. Our last stop was at the end of a flight to Guangzhou to get my nephew a US passport and a medical clearance before heading back home to Kentucky. It was an amazing two weeks, getting to see many different parts of the country in a whirlwind tour.
For many years, usually sometime in mid-fall, a group of friends and would I head up to Sandusky, OH, to ride roller coasters at Cedar Point. Its a great weekend getaway that, so long as you're a coaster fan, you need to do at least once in your life.
St. Lucia is a beautiful, wonderful island. Its where I learned to scuba dive and its where my wife, Jaime, and I took our first non-family related vacation. If you've never been there, I highly recommend it. Of all the islands I've ever been to, it wins; hands down.
After Jaime and I were married, we visited another island, this time the Hawaiian island of Kauai. We wanted our honeymoon to be relaxing and did we ever make a perfect selection. It was just rustic enough that we could get away from everything, but had just enough civilization so that we could replace the two digital cameras we destroyed on the first day of the trip.
Ireland & Northern Ireland
To celebrate my wife finishing her PhD, we took 10 days and drove thru Ireland and Northern Ireland. We traveled all over the northern half of the island, seeing many of the well known, and many less well known, sights. We had a blast hopping over fences, walking through fields and finding ancient ruins that rarely see a visitor. Our evenings were spent listening to fantastic local music in pubs.
St John, USVI
In honor of our 10th anniversary, Jaime and I spent a week on the island of St John. This is one of the little known gems of the Caribbean, with the best beaches of any place I have ever been. Our cottage was a one room, naturally ventilated home that overlooked one of the eastern bays. We fell asleep each evening to the music of the local world. I cannot recommend this stop enough.
One of my favorite cities in the world and getting to travel there for work, yet spending some time before and after, makes it even better. Getting to know my coworkers, who are friends, too, and seeing the ancient sights and modern wonders is a fantastic way to spend your career.
My first visit to Sydney came barely a week after my London trip, resulting in a disorientation that made the jetlag surprisingly less. While I was only there for 5 days, and only one of those not doing work, it was a fantastic city to visit and I cannot wait to go back. Next time, though, I will stay a bit longer to make that massively long ride worth it.