Posts Tagged ‘Travel’

vancouver_cityscapeIn just two weeks I am off to visit the wonderful land of Vancouver, B.C Canada.  My BFF is going with me and we’re going to celebrate our 29th birthdays.  Yeah, old ladies on the move!  We’re both beyond excited to be going to Canada.  

Here’s where I need your help.  We are looking for suggestions of places to see, places to eat, shop, go out.  Or any you have to see this type places!  I’m also looking for anything you wouldn’t find in the average tour book!  We are going to the Tegan and Sara and Broken Social Scene concert  there too.  Of course, I’m excited about that.  

Please suggest away!  Thank you!


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Yesterday was a very sad day for me.  My co-blogger and good friend Jessi moved home to Minneapolis.  But this will not affect the blog.  Jessi will continue to post from MN and we will get some new Midwest flare to Against the Grain.  As I completely support her decision to leave I really hate it.  Here’s to my favorite traveling partner, Minnesotan, and co-worker!  Have a fun and save journey back to frozen tundra.  100 degrees in LA today.  50’s Minneapolis.  I’m just saying…..

Those were the days…


Santa Monica Pier

Santa Monica Pier










In other news, due to my recent unemployment I have rediscovered a long lost public/free institution in LA.  The Los Angeles Public Library.  Since everyone has a library in their respected city I highly suggest checking it out again.  The LA system is online now and has a great hold system so you can order your books and have them delivered to a specific branch.  Today I picked up 5 books at no cost to me and I get to keep them 2 weeks and can renew them online.  LA did shorten the check out time and raise the fees but it is still cheaper than buying the books.  If you’re on a budget like me, go!  Save money!


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Another great magazine my dad has subscribed for me is “Smithsonian” and naturally is published by the Smithsonian Institute.  To be honest, I get it every month and most of the time do not get to reading the entire thing. i.e The issue on Egypt I saved to read before my trip…well I’ve been back for 9 months and it’s still sitting there.  In a recent purge I found the January, 2008 issue which lists 28 places you should see before you die.  I found the list interesting and the fact that each place was written about by a person who had been there.  Enjoy the list!


1.  Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado

2.  Pompeii,  near modern Naples and Caserta in the Italian region of Campania

3.  Tikal, Guatemala

4.  Petra, Western Jordan

5.  Pyramids of Giza, Egypt – Hey I’ve been there

Me petting the Sphinx

Me petting the Sphinx

6.  Taj Mahal, Agra, India

7.  Easter Island, Chile – southeastern Pacific Ocean

8.  The Great Wall, China

9.  Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) – Alaska, the Yukon or anywhere else above about 60 degrees latitude.                   -AKA: Another reason to go to Canada

10.  Serengeti – Span across Northern Tanzania then west toward Lake Victoria, east to the Ngorongoro                                highlands and North into Kenya.

11.  Iguazu Falls – are waterfalls of the Iguazu River located on the border of Brazilian state of Paraná and   the Argentine province ofMisiones.     

12.  Machu Picchu – Urubamba Valley, Peru

Iguazu Falls

Iguazu Falls

13.  The Louvre – Paris, France

14.  Zen Garden of Kyoto – Temple of the Peaceful Dragon, Kyoto, Japan

15.  Uffizi Gallery – Florence, Italy

16. Fallingwater – Laurel Highlands, Pennsylvania – www.fallingwater.org

17.  Yangtze River – China

18.  Antarctica

19.  Mount Kilimanjaro – Tanzania, East Africa

20.  Grand Canyon – Nevada

21.  Pagan, Myanmar (formally Burma)

22.  Parthenon – Athens, Greece

23.  Angkor Wat – Angkor, Cambodia

Angkor Wat Temple

Angkor Wat Temple

24.  Ephesus, Turkey

25.  Venice, Italy

26.  Amazon Rain Forest – South America

27.  Great Barrier Reef – Australia’s northeast coast

28.  Galapagos Islands – West of Ecuador in the Pacific Ocean

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This weekend I am off to San Francisco to the Treasure Island Music Festival and I cannot be more excited.  I’ve never been before and it’s more than just music.  They have artists, great interesting shopping areas, and actual treasure hunts.  Plus the festival is completely green with zero-emission shuttle buses, biodeisel generators, recycling, and a solar powered stage.  I will definitely be blogging about it all when I get back on Monday.  

The bands I’m most excited to hear/see include:  CSS, Justice, TV on the Radio, Goldfrapp, Chester French, Vampire Weekend, The Kills and of course, most of all Tegan and Sara.  If you’re in the area I believe there are still tickets available and they are really reasonable.  Info below:


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