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Traveling to Albania

June 20, 2014
Albania

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Traveling to Albania was a big eye opener for me. This was the first time flying to the eastern part of Europe, which is significantly different than Western Europe. Be that as it may, I still enjoyed myself. I mostly traveled through Tirana (the countries capital) but I did travel out of the city for a brief moment.

In all, I feel like I did quite a bit during my stay. Some of the things include meeting the U.S. Ambassador, trying out Albanian food, played basketball with the locals and even driving to through the countryside into the neighboring country Kosovo. The countryside is very beautiful with high mountain ranges and fresh air. If you happen to stop in Tirana, I highly recommend you travel out of the city.

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Interview with Bonjournal

June 18, 2014
Bonjournal

Below is a brief interview with Dorothy Lin, one of the creators of Bonjournal. Bonjournal is a new app and website which give bloggers and travel enthusiast like myself a simple and easy way to record their journey. This New York City based duo is bound to make some waves with their new app so get to know them in today’s Q&A.

What is your name?
My name is Dorothy Lin, and my co-founder/husband is Jonathan Ng.

What is Bonjournal?
Bonjournal is an iOS app and website that helps you create and share beautiful travel journals. The idea was conceived after my husband and I took a yearlong trip around the world, when we struggled to find the right tool to coherently document our journey. While a lot of apps record moments or snapshots, we value the full story of your travels. For example, this is my journal from Japan:

https://bonjourn.al/journal/22-japan/view-all

It’s easy to capture your memories with both our app and website. Our app works even without internet connection, so you can journal wherever you go. You can then share you travel journals with loved ones, or export them as PDFs to enjoy them forever. There’s also a social aspect to Bonjournal, so you can follow your friends along their journeys, as well as explore the experiences of other travel enthusiasts.

What makes Bonjournal so special?
Bonjournal is a very simple, and minimalist tool that does one thing really well: it records your travels. There are no fancy features. The interface is elegant, timeless, and void of visual clutter. We thoughtfully crafted Bonjournal to focus on what matters the most — your memories, and your stories.

Where is your favorite place to travel and why?
This is a toughie, but Nepal is my favorite place because hiking the Annapurna Circuit was the most life-changing trip I’ve experienced to date. Being there was like stepping back in time, since many of the villages are completely untouched by modern advances. The locals are wonderfully welcoming, and the landscapes are just amazing. Some of my favorite travel photos were taken in Nepal.

What is your must-have travel accessory?
I often rely on my iPhone as my camera, so I never travel without my external phone battery. Since it’s been a life saver on several occasions, I now carry my battery with me at all times.

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Pro Download: Word Lens app

June 16, 2014

I know a word or two of most popular world languages but everyone needs a little help now and then. Introducing the Word Lens app! World Lens translates printed words from one language to another with your smartphone’s video camera, in real time. No network connection needed! This app is available for android, Apple and Google Glass.

I found this app to very helpful during #Travels2Europe. I’ve used while ordering food, following map directions and reading foreign signs. Word Lens is free for now so take advantage of it and test it out. Above video is a demonstration of how it works.

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Rome snapshots

June 15, 2014

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Rome has been good to me so far with warm sunny weather and blue skies. I checked out a lot of the tourist hot spots like the Vatican, the Colosseum, the spanish steps and more but I was also able to relax by the pool and eat delicious traditional Italian food. One favorite things eat in Rome is Gelato. Gelato shops seem to be everywhere and aways seem to be open so it’s fun treat for late night sweets.

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CitizenM London Luxury Hotel – Review

June 13, 2014
CitizenM hotel london

The CitizenM London luxury hotel motto is luxury at an affordable price and they are exactly that! With perks like free international calling, free WIFI, high tech rooms and modern design, this place is perfect for the international modern traveler who does want to spend an arm and a leg. CitizenM focuses on art and inspiration displaying images of popular creatives from the past and present all over the walls.

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Comfortable lounge area.

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Rooms boast touch screen tablets which control room mood lighting, air conditioning, TV, radio and blinds and more. This is the first time personally I’ve seen a hotel that gives you complete room control within a swipe of a screen. Another added bonus of staying at CitizenM is the assortment of multicultural plug outlet to accommodate foreign visitors and self check in and check out kiosks. You can tell the creators spend a lot of time thinking about the personal experience of their users. Check out my Instagram page for action shots of the room.

CitizenM

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Pictured Check in/out kiosks

CitizenM London is located in the Bankside district, which is close to the London Bridge, trendy restaurants and the Tate Modern Museum. If you like unique hotel stays I would definitely recommend staying at one of their many locations around the world. For more photos of this great hotel visit my Flickr page.

Blog, Fashion

Outfit Post: Printed Patterned Shirts

June 12, 2014

Printed patterned shirts have been popular for a while now but I feel the real secret to wearing them is the fit. With this outfit I’ve paired my button down shirt with brown drill shorts and white Sperrys. Also, buttoning your shirt all the way to the top will gives it a trendy sophisticated look. Try it!

Outfit details:

Paisley ShirtT – ZARA MAN
Drill Shorts – Made and Crafted Levis
Striper CVO Color Dip Sneaker – Sperry
New Wayfarer Glasses – Ray Ban

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All Photos were taken around my favorite museum, the Tate Modern Museum

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#Travels2Europe

June 10, 2014
#Travels2Euro

#Travels2EuroFor the next couple of weeks I’ll be traveling through Europe. I will blogging about hotels, food, events and people I encounter. Let me know If you have any suggestions on things to do during visit along the way please leave me a comment.

My first destination is going to be London, England. It’s been a long time since I’ve lived there so I’m excited to see what things have changed and what hasn’t. Follow the hashtag #Travels2Europe on instagram and twitter to join the conversation. Wheels up!

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National Train Day #AmtrakNTD

May 11, 2014

Train enthusiasts and supporters gathered at King Street Train Station (Seattle) today to celebrate National Train Day. National Train Day is a holiday created to spread information about the advantages of rail travel and the history of trains in the United States.

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In celebration of National Train Day Tom Douglas, American executive chef and restaurateur was preparing food samples people to try.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Pictured: Tom Douglas and Amtrak Assistant

The San Francisco Travel Association was also on hand to chat about the new “Cable Car” edition Amtrak train to San Francisco. This special “Cable Car” train will be traveling the Seattle-Los Angeles route through the end of May and connects the West Coast most popular destination, including Santa Barbra, Portland and San Francisco.

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Pictured: The Amtrak “Cable Car”

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Vancouver Fashion Week 2014 Fall/Winter Photos

March 30, 2014

Vancouver Fashion Week 2014 Fall/Winter x Chinese Cultural Centre of Vancouver March 19-21

This post is mostly dedicated to Vancouver’s Sara Armstrong Mens Fall/Winter Collection. In these photos you can see her design for Menswear pieces were more on the standard side. I think the oversized look is more of her theme with large sweaters, hats and scarves. What do think of it? Leave your comments below.

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For more photos of Vancouver Fashion Week 2014 scroll through my Flickr set below.