27 October 2012

Quotable Quotes: October

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." - Mark Twain

Grand Canyon

Cartagena, Colombia
Partying with Berber people, Sahara Desert

Koala Bear, Sydney Australia

Flying over Alaska

Monte Carlo

Flatiron Building, NYC

19 September 2012

Quotable Quotes: September

Travel makes a wise man better, and a fool worse.” – Thomas Fuller

Sheppard near the Sahara Desert

Sacre-Coeur Basilica, Paris

Angkor Wat, Cambodia


La Alhambra, Granada Spain

San Juan, Puerto Rico

Osaka Castle, Japan

06 September 2012

So long Pantera…Sniff Sniff

soooo 2012 has been a year of mourning. Oh no here we go again- some of the mourning has been over things way too personal to share and probably too uncomfortable to read. I'll spare you the amusement... But today I'd like to share a lighter type of mourning I'm experiencing as of last week. I'm talking about a dark morning (literally it was dark as I left to work that morning) when I realized my beloved BMW f650 motorcycle had been taken away from me. Taken as in, stolen in the middle of the night. 

 I think I experimented the five steps of mourning pretty rapidly. Denial, anger,bargaining,depression, and acceptance. 
I truly hope whoever took the Pantera was in desperate need of money and I hope he/she can get something positive out of this deal.

okay so why do I share this loss on a traveling blog?

well, because the Pantera and I had big traveling plans :-) 
this fall, We were planning on "slaying the dragon"… come again you say? Crossing Deals Gap at the Tennessee/North Carolina state line is the "Tail of the Dragon". It is considered by many as one of the world's foremost motorcycling and sports car roads in the United States.We would have enjoyed this 11-mile stretch featuring 318 curves. for now that dream will have to wait :-(

soooo, what did I learn from this experience? I learned that when you think things can't get any worse…well they can, so be thankful for everything, the good things and the bad ones. I learned that the more you own stuff, the more the stuff owns you. I learned that is more important to invest in people, eternity, and the arts. These are things worth spending your time and energy. They will not perish when it's all said and done.

There you have it. This is my therapy. I feel a lot better already :-)

Love for motorcycles started at an early age. I know I know I had a big head. 

She never complaint. She did exactly what I told her to. She was a perfect companion :)


Not a lot of hope for case # 12-13869

Thankful for this 

17 August 2012

Quoatable Quotes: August

"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness"- Mark Twain


Grand Palace,Bangkok

felt like I was in an Indiana Jones movie at this particular temple in Cambodia

Beautiful lady and wicked driver at the Floating Markets in Thailand

James Bond Island,  Anybody seen "the man with the golden gun?"

Love people's resourcefulness in other parts of the world. This was just outside Hanoi City, Vietnam

Prettiest harbor in the world in my humble opinion. 


12 August 2012

Around the world in 4:53 minutes…while dancing

Wish it was me doing the video. don't know if it's the Olympics, don't know if it's the song, don't know if it's the drum beat, but in a pretty fallen world this video gives me great hope in humanity...

29 July 2012

High as a kite

So you probably know somebody who's obsess with the stock market don't you? 
you know, the person who is constantly looking at the bottom sticker on CNN or has the app on their phone telling him/her of every stock, the high and the lows, the closing prices, etc.

well, I sort of have a similar obsession with plane tickets. I know it's kinda weird but I love spending time on kayak looking at airfares. I like to look at different routes and see what fares have gone up what fares have gone down. I like to go on this dream "flights" and just like to wonder how much it would be to fly here or to fly there.  Not only do I like to look at different routes, I also like to know what type of plane is covering a particular route. So for example I know that I'd have a much better chance of flying in the new Airbus A-800 (double decker jumbo) if I fly Emirates or if I go to Paris from DC as opposed to Newark. I know it's weird but I can't help it. I wanted to be a pilot and have been obsessed with flying ever since the day I saw a plane for the first time.

But because it seems like it might be a couple of weeks until I get to be in one of man's most incredible inventions (planes that is :) , I had to come up with a different type of flying. Something that would help with the cravings of being up in the air. Lucky for me, I live in a wonderful city that provides the most epic conditions to get that kind of temporary fix :=)

Trying to spot a good place for "take off" :)
Found it!
Charleston scene on a windy day at station 28.5

No worries, this guy is like the F-16 of kiting

Thanks to Kathy Hare and Leah Sparks for supporting all the wind addicts in the Charleston area with their amazing talent.

Local kiter turning on the charm with the laadies :)

Synchronised Jumping

22 July 2012

My trip to INK*land

okay so facebook, twitter, social media, blogs are all about portraying the best self one can be correct?.. 
well, when I set out to create this humble blog of mine, I said to myself it would be a "baul de recuerdos" a trunk of memories or souvenirs. I had the intention of being real or at least as real as one can get in social media. I wanted to make a record of the highs and lows of life in particular as they relate to traveling.

so even though I want to blog about the awesome places this world has to offer, the amazing people I have encountered in my travels, today I feel like writing about a little darker trip. I'm talking about a half a mile trip I took from my house to Ink*land.. That's right. The time had come to get a bit more ink in my body….why so?

in the book of Joshua chapter 4, after God had parted the Jordan he asks Joshua to get twelve stones and put them in the place where they were to camp out. The Israelites asked what for?. and Joshua responded something like "so when your children ask what are these stones for, you might tell them that the flow of the Jordan was cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord"

Different commentators and theologians might have different opinions on the significance of these stones, but I believe it was God's idea to help the Israelites with their short-term memory problem. This theme of "remembrance" is consistent over and over especially in the old testament. God's people being delivered and God's people forgetting about it. what does the story of Joshua have to do with my rainy Seattle day, grunge music in the background, soppy post?… well you see, I suffer from the same short term memory problem.

2012 has been a year of great challenges. I have encountered a level of adversity that I had never experienced before. Both spiritually and emotionally. 
so over the past few weeks I've been thinking about previous years and previous seasons of pain and suffering, and I can see so much purpose in those trials. I don't know why is it that is so easy to look back at previous trials and so damn hard to look forward?
so to help me with this short-term memory problem of mine(at least in a tiny, tiny way) I decided to get a triquetra… a what you say?..a triquetra..I've only met one person that knew what I was talking about when I said Triquetra. if you are one of those people that actually know what a triquetra is, I'm very, very impressed…

A triquetra is basically three abstract triangles coming together as one. In history, triangles have represented enlightenment or getting closer to God (hence the pyramids) and for me, coming together as one is the perfect representation of God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit… but why have needles cut your skin to "build" this "memorial"? 
well, because my heart is fickle, because I still want to complain, and sometimes run away from Him. because I need thee under my skin, into my heart, into my inner most part of my body.

so there you have it, whether you think tattoos are tacky, white trash, cool, stupid... I think they need to have a story and that is mine. Maybe if I get to be old and wrinkly, and my grand kids will ask me what is that weird drawing in grandpa's arm, I might regret the soggy looking dot (I'm assuming the triquetra will get lost between my wrinkles :) at least I will be able to look them in the eye and say "because God is always faithful"


14 July 2012

Quotable Quotes:July

To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.” – Aldous Huxley

Angkor Wat, Cambodia. Nevermind the repairs 


Twelve Apostles, Australia

Gondola, Venice

Great Ocean Road, Australia

Very cliche but the eiffel tower will make an appearance every month. Mom and sisters included :)

Sahara Camel Trekking

Hallstatt, Austria

10 July 2012

Got 4:13 minutes to go around the world?

This is a 4:13 Minute video with a recollection of the last few trips I have taken over the past few years. There's a couple of countries missing, but I'll get to those hopefully sometime in the near future :)
These places were amazing but even more amazing are the people included in these clips.
Locations Include, NYC,London,Paris,Lucern,Zurich,Swiss Alps,Venice,Rome,Seville,Montecarlo,Tokyo,Osaka,Kyoto,Cartagena,
Sydney,Melbourne,Brisbane,Bangkok,Puhket,Ko Phi Phi, Hanoi,Halong Bay,Angkor Wat.

Music and Lyrics by Thad Cockrell…

04 July 2012

10 Things I love about 'merica

I know that I've written a whole lot about Colombia, but in light of our wonderful American holiday 4th of July, I figure I'd write about 10 things that come to mind and that I love about America. After all this is my second year I can celebrate this holiday and not feel like a poser. That's right my fellow Americans, I write and talk a lot about Colombia but I'm a gringo now too. Even though I speak a little funny, the only difference between you and I is that I can never become president… oh well

1) free refills - what a great concept. Who do we need to talk to take this concept across the pond?
2)Saturday Night Live- SO many good skits, and don't even get me started on their digital shorts
3)The interstate System- Truly amazing…really it is
4)Steve Jobs
5)Funnel Cakes- Forget Penicillin or electricity, whoever invented funnel cakes deserves a Nobel prize
6)Call me cheesy but Freedom
7)Harley Davidson Bikes
8)All you can eat buffets- again, what a great concept :)
9)US Passport- Beasts the Colombian passport any day any time in any country
10)Unlimited Ketchup- Why do I have to pay an extra euro for more ketchup?
11)Our troops- truly, the real heroes of everyday life
12)Eating watermelons on the fourth. 

okay so I said 10 things but I put 12… why? because I am a U.S American and I can do whatever I want!

Happy Fourth!