Blog, Travel

The Deighton Cup

July 23, 2014

On July 26th, I’ll be attending the Deighton cup. The Deighton cup is one of the biggest cultural events in Vancouver featuring Live music, specialty cocktails, cigars, luxury cars, 1920’s style fashion, and horse racing! Check out their website for details.

Blog, Entertainment, Photography

Levitation Photography

July 17, 2014
Levitation photography news paper

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You don’t have to be a magician to preform the art of weightless levitation. In this photo shoot I was inspired by Natsumi Hayashi. Natsumi is a Japanese Photographer who has been advancing the art of levitation photography for over 4 years with out the aid of Photoshop.

If you’re wondering how it’s done, the effect is achieved by snapping pictures mid jump. If you’re relaxed while jumping you will appear to be floating in the air. If you are thinking about attempting levitation photography, make sure to check out Natsumi’s site Yowayowa Camera woman for tips and tricks. It might seem a bit silly when doing it but afterwards the photos usually display bolt effects. Give it a try!

Food

Morsel opening in Ballard

July 7, 2014

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Hey Seattle, Morsel has opened a new location. Morsel was known as the best biscuits and coffee combo in the University District and is now expanding to Ballard. This new location will have new menu items and a drive through lane perfect for on the go. All above photos were taking at the opening. New Address: 5905 15th Ave Nw Seattle, WA

Last year I did a video with owners Kekoa and Domingo as a part of #SeaNouns (Seattle + nouns) check out the video below.

Blog, Travel

Flight Infographic (#Travels2Europe)

July 2, 2014
travel infographic

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Every airline has their pluses and minuses. Above is my personal infographic of my experiences with specific European airlines during #Travels2Europe. Some of these airlines I flew for the first time and some not. Hopefully, this flight infographic will help someone else decide which airline is better for them. Airlines are broken down and categorized into best price, most comfortable and best tasting food.

Blog, Food, Photography, Travel

Budapest

June 30, 2014
Budapest sign

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My last destination in #Travels2Europe is Budapest. The Hungarian capital Budapest was really two cities separated by the Danube River. The two cities Buda and Pest, merged together in 1873 making it the largest city in the European Union.

One of the things I love about Budapest is the classic architecture. The city is fill with arches, symmetry and domes dating back to the 1800’s. If you are visiting for the first time like myself I would suggest eating at the local favorite Spíler. Spíler is Located in the Gozsdu district which is one of Budapest biggest attractions.

Blog, Photography, Travel

Berlin

June 28, 2014
Hyundai fan park Berlin

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This was my first time being in Germany so I decided to clean up with a traditional Turkish shave and head out on the town to discover the city. Along the way I took a snapshot at the Berlin Wall, and drank some traditional German beers with friends.

Being in Berlin during the World Cup was an exciting time. Every four years German soccer enthusiasts all come together to support of their favorite team at the Hyundai Fan Park public aka ‘Fan Mile‘. The Fan Mile, has huge LED screens measuring up to almost 200 hundred feet in height so fans always get the best possible view of the game. I feel bless to have been a part of such a popular world event!

Blog, Food, Photography, Travel

Istanbul

June 27, 2014
Istanbul

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Blue Mosque

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Freshly squeezed oranges

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Assortment of Baklava

Istanbul is now one of my favorite places to visit because of its rich history and mixed influence of cultures. Turkey is located at the crossroads of Europe and Asia, which makes it a country of rich and diverse foods. To be honest, Istanbul has some of the best street food I’ve ever tasted. Foods like simit, kabaps, watermelon, chestnuts and fresh roasted corn on the cob were some of my favorite.

Visitors can get around very easily by tram and metro connection, but I recommend walking by foot to take photos of the beautiful scenery. Prices on pretty much everything are inexpensive and if you shop at certain markets you can barter on prices getting an even better deal on your purchases.

I recommend:
Trying Turkish tea
Touring the Blue Mosque
Eating local Kabob
Visit Taksim Square
Visit Bosphorus
Visit the Grand Bazar

Addtional photo on my flickr page

Blog

@antoniocdsmith

June 23, 2014

Are we connected on Instagram yet? If not we should be! I post a lot of photos on my Instagram that I don’t post anywhere else. See you there. @antoniocdsmith

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Blog, Travel

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.

Blog, Technology, Travel

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.