Travel Anxiety?

My favorite feeling in the world is right before the airplane takes off. The entire plane tightens up as it prepares to jet forward towards the speed of 567 MPH (or .85 Mach.) I always imagined the plane to be cat-like, sitting back on its haunches before taking off to anywhere you want to go. The first time I boarded an airplane I was 7 years old and off to Disneyland with my family, I was in first grade and was even allowed to skip a little school for the trip. Since then I have flown countless times and I’d like to think I don’t get too bad anxiety when I travel. A pretty standard level of ‘Oh god what do I want to wear while I’m there?’ and ‘Holy god, does this make me look ridiculous?’ was to be expected, I think I just fear that it’s not real, it is my first major international trip and what I’ve been dreaming of my entire life.

Recently the biggest challenge has been trying to figure out the most effective way of packing. Am I really going to be doing that much shopping there? Does it make sense to pack a wardrobe? I’ve vetoed taking any toiletries except for my make up and tooth-brush, as far as I can tell it makes much much more sense to pick those things up there. How many pairs of shoes do you think I’ll need?

You’re probably wondering where I am off to this time, and I cannot wait to tell you, but first you’re gonna have to guess. Some fun facts about where I am going:

  1. It boasts one of the world’s highest per-capita concentrations of cafes and restaurants at one restaurant for every 600 people.
  2. It consumes triple the world average of tea at a total of 9.8 million kilograms annual. This equates to an average of 1.4 kilograms of tea per person in ____ ____ per year. The world’s most expensive tea available in ____ ____ is Iron Buddha at USD2576.92 per kilogram.
  3. It was one of the stops in French writer Jules Verne’s “Around the World in 80 Days” published in 1873.
  4. It is actually composed of more than 200 islands.
  5. It ended New York’s 11-year reign as the home of the world’s most expensive district for retailers as luxury-brand companies like Salvatore Ferragamo, Gucci, Chanel, Aigner, Christian Dior and Marc Jacobs competed for space to set up flagship stores selling their goods to mainland Chinese tourists. In 2012, the average annual rents at Causeway Bay was USD338.87 per square foot.

Have you figured it out yet? This isn’t my only stop in South East Asia, while visiting I will also be making a stop into Thailand to go diving off of Kata Beach. I am hoping to swim with sharks while I am down there, as I love the teethy dudes to pieces. Sharks may be one of the coolest animals in current times. I will be bringing an underwater camera for these adventures, I cannot wait to post the pictures ^_^

Anyway, I suppose I better do the adult thing and look nice for work.

回头见!

Huítóu jiàn!

Sarah



NG Vs. The Dolphin

So in my adventures I generally come across very odd happenings with animals(see opossums and rattlesnakes for more info,) more often then not my travel buddies and I like to give wild animals plenty of comfortable personal space for some pretty obvious reasons. Of course there are always those couple of people in a group who decide the best thing for them to do is to hang out as close as possible to the wild animal, this is a terrible idea and here is a story of why:

When Brian and I were living in New Orleans we had some friends who lived on the North Shore. The place where they lived was right on the river (is that what you call it?) where a Dolphin liked to hang out by their docks. This dolphin also liked to follow them Jet Skiing and generally just like to play in the wake of the boats. D and L called it their guest because he loved to hang out at their docks more than anywhere else and gave him plenty of space to play with.

Now, as I said there are always one or two people in every group who decide they want to play with the wild animals and generally these are the same people also like to get OUT of the car with your CHILDREN to take a picture with the SUPER cute Bear cubs. Because that’s responsible, right? Anyway, the first Fourth of July I had in New Orleans we went to D&L’s house. I was so nervous about going I could barely talk on the way there and when we got to the house I was shocked at how HUGE it seamed to be, just sitting there on the water. We promptly parked the truck and walked into the party where things seemed to be a whole new level of relaxed. No one knows how to relax like people from the deep south. With in minutes of entering the party we had Watermelon-Jalapeno Mojitos in hand and we walked out onto the dock so we could jump into the water, anyone who knows the deep south understands how utterly hot and humidly miserable it can get in July. With in 20 minutes of swimming we finally had company.

Now, my first response was to get out of the water. I had no problem dangling my legs over the edge of the dock, after all what are the chances of the dolphin jumping out of the water to grab one of my legs when he has no previous history of violence? This thought process of course did not extend to me getting into the water with the dolphin and when I was invited to go swim with the dolphin I politely declined. The two guests of the party jumped in and swam out. As they were swimming we saw the fin dip in and out of the water and then disappear completely, that’s when we heard them get nervous.

“Where is it?”

“I don’t know!”

“OMG IT BUMPED ME!”

Quickly they started to panic, the guy who swam out gave out a yell and then started moving as quickly to shore as he could, leaving his lady-friend in the dust as they both got to the docks in shock. He held up his arm to reveal that the Dolphin had actually bit him and it looked nasty. Dolphin teeth are sharp, long and fairly needle like, least to say they can pack a punch even when used on accident. After all Sharks are incredibly curious and as they have no hands they rely on nibbles to figure out what certain things are, nibbles for them are a limb for us, fortunately for W the dolphin was kind enough to give a warning. As cute as they are Dolphins can be violent if they feel you are a threat to them or their pod.

In the end we got W bandaged up and the dolphin stuck around for about 15 minutes before getting bored and harassing some other boaters in the area, one little girl was sitting in front of her dad on a Jetski screamed with excitement at the sight of a dolphin following them.

Least to say the guy was okay, thank goodness, and the lesson was learned.

Blog Of The Week!!!

Blog Of The Week!!!

So a close friend of mine from Louisiana has started an incredible new blog and it really deserves to be mentioned. L (Not sure if I am allowed to use his first name or not) is in a wheelchair and writes about life from his point of view. L’s writing well worth the read for both the humor and the reality check. 

NG vs. Rattle Snake!!

NG vs. Rattle Snake!!

So as Brian and I tend to do just about every other day we were hiking up Black Mountain. We usually go around 4pm and generally there isn’t too much excitement involving wildlife. Occasionally we will see a bunny and we … Continue reading

NG Vs. The Opossum Round 1

So last night Brian and I were over at his friend’s house just having a beer and relaxing after Brian and I had gone on a vigorous hike up Black Mountain. As per usual we were in the back yard just shooting the breeze when suddenly  I noticed a huge frigging animal scurrying across the fence not even 20 feet away from me. It was seriously the size of a cat. I usually don’t have a problem with wild Animals (we mind our own business and go our separate ways and everyone lives happily ever after) but when I get surprised by animals it’s a whole different story. I managed not to yelp but I certainly let out a quiet gasp that grabbed the guy’s attention as they tried to assess what the creature might be. It certainly wasn’t a cat, Coyote, or even a chance at being a raccoon but then it turned around and looked at us. Let’s just say, I have no desire to get on the wrong side of a Opossum ever.

Opossum: 1. Nerdy Gypsy: 0.

My Thoughts On Travel and FAQs.

So I get asked a lot why I move around so much, why I never stay in one place, what my goals are for my future and if I want to go to college (and if I am not going to college, what am I doing with my savvy life?!?) Well folks, here’s some of the answers:

Where are you from? A podunk blink town in Vermont. You don’t need to know the specific location.

How did you get to where you are? I drove. I’ve driven to each of the coast lines of the United states, more importantly I survived driving through Texas. Seriously: Screw. Texas.

Why? Well why not? I mean really. I am 22. I have no kids, I love traveling, I have ALWAYS wanted to travel the world so now I am. I have a boyfriend, and yes he enjoys traveling too.

Don’t you want to settle down? But MOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM do I have to?!?!? But realistically, not right now. I am sure I will find the perfect place for me eventually but I am not going to just settle when there is so much of the world to see.

How do you move all of your stuff?!? Well it’s really really simple when you only own three tote bins, a suit case and a duffle bag. Oh and my art supplies. I don’t go anywhere without those.

So you’re like a gypsy? Sure, and often I do use this to explain to people how much I move as a comparison. It works, they get it. Hence the name: Nerdy Gypsy.

Isn’t it scary traveling alone? Oh HELL yes! It’s absolutely terrifying traveling all by yourself across the country to a place you don’t know and you don’t really know anyone. Thankfully for my last two major stretches I wasn’t traveling alone.

Where have you lived so far? Vermont, New York (Very shortly,) Kentucky, Indiana, Louisiana and now California.

What the hell brings you all the way out here? I got bored. And I can. Usually my response to the question is: “My car.” What can I say, I enjoy being a smart ass.

Any advice for the kids? They want to travel when they get older too! Fantastic! Not enough people take the time to travel when they get into their early 20’s and usually miss out on a lot of really cool things!!! My advice: Learn how to read an atlas, it’s saved my bum so many time’s on my travels it’s not even funny. Not that I will ever admit that further than this blog. And at some point in your life MOVE AWAY FROM YOUR FAMILY. I full-heartedly believe one of the best things you could do in your life is to move thousands of miles away from your comfort zone. You learn a lot about yourself and the world, which is incredibly important. You build on job experience, life experience and you realize how vast the culture in the just the US is (and that’s not even counting international travel.)

Have you traveled internationally? If you count Canada and Mexico as international then yes. Otherwise, no. But that is totally in the near future. I have to hit at LEAST 10 countries by the time I am 30. I only have 8 years left to do so. I best be getting on that then.

How do you fund your travels? I bust my fucking ass to put it nicely. I work multiple jobs, get little to no sleep and I fucking EARN travel. It’s so worth it.

How do you do it? How can I be more like you? Stop making excuses as to why you can’t. Stop using the word “if.” “If” is a terrible terrible debilitating word that will keep you from doing what you want in life. Budget smartly. No, you do not need that new tattoo, yes you do need work clothes, no you do not need to bring your entire fucking house with you. Travel expenses add up if you bring a ton of luggage, leave it behind and learn to love laundromats.

That’s really all I have to write today sooooooo, I will catch you guys later. I have a date with a cute boy, bowl of popcorn and a movie involving robots kicking robot ass. ^_^