Archive for the Travel Category

Land Diving

In my latest business venture, I’m involved with the travel sector (more on that later). Anyway, one sub sector that I deal with relates to activity and adventure holidays. Thus, not only do I come across a lot of interesting destinations, but all sorts of quirky activities that I think would be fun to try. Interestingly, this one: land diving is not one of them. Below is a video of this crazy and oh yeah, dangerous activity! A precursor to bungee jumping, it started as a ritual performed by the men of the southern part of Pentecost Island, Vanuatu. Now […]

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Rick Steves Audio Europe

As we walked through the National Gallery and British Museum yesterday, BestGuyFriend was listening to Rick Steves Audio Europe. It’s an app for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and Android phones that offers “self-guided tours for dozens of Europe’s top museums, sights and historic walks — plus 200 tracks of travel tips and cultural insights from his radio show — all for FREE!” Rick, a best-selling travel author and host of public television’s Rick Steves’ Europe and public radio’s Travel with Rick Steves also has a YouTube channel with great videos for popular destinations. Below are videos for the National Gallery […]

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Travel Sabbatical

The line “leaving on a jet plane, don’t know when I’ll be back again” from John Denver’s song is on repeat in my head. Its a song about a man who is going on a journey and doesn’t say a proper goodbye to his lover as he doesn’t know when he’s coming back. Not surprisingly, recent events with Basherter and RacquetBallGuy are to blame for me thinking about this song because like the character in John’s song, I sometimes take the easy way out. I leave without really ending things. Heck, RacquetBallGuy and I didn’t really break up when I […]

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Why We Travel

Those of you who have been reading my blog for sometime will know that the title: Ursula’s No So Secret History is inspired by Paul Theroux’s book My Secret History. I don’t really have a secret life that no one knows about — I just want to document my personal history so that I could look back in time at my own growth and development. In any event, one of the things that totally captivated me about that book which is part based on Paul’s own life was his travel adventures. Sure I found his sexual exploits and treatment of […]

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O Canada

Greetings from Toronto, Canada! I have been here for the last few days and I am totally digging this city. It is different from all the major cities in the US I lived in(Boston, Washington DC, Chicago, etc.), but yet it is quite familiar at the same time. Heck, almost too familiar as everyone thinks I am Canadian. Well at least that is what this guy at the World’s Biggest Book Store told me. He tried to pick me up, but it all went south when I told him I lived in London, England not London, Ontario. In any event, […]

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