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June 6, 2012

When you walk about Athens, Greece, this is what you see.

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Here are some impressions from my Athens visit from the last two days. Enjoy.

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June 4, 2012

Have you ever seen Madrid, Spain in black and white?

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We continued our walk west towards Plaza Mayor from the Parque del Retiro and I took many photos along the way to try and show a little bit of what life is like for those that live and work here.

Day 1 Part 3 continued….

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May 30, 2012

How does New York City inspire you?

Mk Americana

“For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

I love to travel and experience new cultures. For that reason,  I took a day trip to New York for a mini vacation.  My purpose in going was to visit all the places I didn’t get a chance to visit during new years. With that being said,  I still didn’t get a chance to visit all the places I wanted to. Regardless, I had a wonderful time and I plan on going back soon to finish my list. Below are a few pictures I took while I was there.

Before I went to the Brooklyn bridge I stopped by Duke’s cafe located in Soho no too far from H&M.

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May 29, 2012

Travel alone at least once in your life.

May 24, 2012

The diversity of wildlife on this planet is enormous.

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I’m easily distracted by any photo op.

After riding the rails to Denver, Karen and I caught a cab to the Car Rental lot in Denver near the airport. As she inspected the car I caught a glimpse of a bunny face-off in the small patch of grass separating the lot exit from the street. I dropped my luggage and grabbed my camera – I no longer cared about what kind of car we would rent, or mileage, or color, or insurance, or anything else. My whole world revolved around capturing the images of those bunnies. The scuffle was short and I missed a chance to get the loser flipping backwards – but the victor hung out with me for a few shots.

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Karen apparently turned around to ask me a question and discovered I was no where near the car – I heard her mutter something like “Where’d she…

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“The Holstee Manifesto” – How to live your life

February 28, 2012
"The Holstee Manifesto" - How to live your life

“The Holstee Manifesto”, written by Holstee founders Michael Radparvar, Dave Radparvar, and Fabian Pfortmüller in 2009.

I came across “the Holstee Manifesto” on Facebook from Xan Pearson, a social media contemporary of mine from Chicago, who shared it on her Facebook Timeline.  As I read and re-read it, I came to realize how much parts of the manifesto alone would benefit my friends and family as well as myself, since we have our own struggles in life and we are working through them at different rates.  The next morning, I also realized that this manifesto should be read from beginning to end, regardless of our current life situation, since other parts of the prose may direct us to take our lives in a very different, more positive direction.  Who knows in what new direction we take our lives after reading the manifesto over and over?

How did the Holstee Manifesto come into being?  According Holstee’s website:

[T]he first thing Holstee’s three founders – Mike, Fabian and Dave – did was sit together on the steps of Union Square and write down exactly what was on their minds and the tips of their tongues.  It wasn’t about shirts and it wasn’t about their old jobs.  It was about what they wanted from life and how to create a company that breathes that passion into the world everyday.  It was a reminder of what we live for.  The result became known as the Holstee Manifesto.

I strongly encourage you to take the Holstee Manifesto at the top of the blog and make it the background of your desktop for your computer.  If you would prefer a non-electronic version for your bedroom, college dorm, or your children’s bedroom, Holstee sells posters on its website.

In case you want to copy-paste the full text of the Holstee Manifesto, here it is:

“This is your life.  Do what you love, and do it often.  If you don’t like your job, quit.  If you don’t have enough time, stop watching TV.  If you are looking for the love of your life, stop; they will be waiting for you when you start doing things you love.  Stop over analyzing, life is simple.  All emotions are beautiful.  When you eat, appreciate every last bite.  Open your mind, arms, and heart to new things and people, we are united in our differences.  Ask the next person you see what their passion is, and share your inspiring dream with them.  Travel often; getting lost will help you find yourself.  Some opportunities only come once, seize them.  Life is about the people you meet, and the things you create with them so go out and start creating.  Life is short.  Live your dream and share your passion.”

Two years after the premier of the Holstee Manifesto in 2009, Holstee released a video called The Holstee Manifesto: Lifecycle Video, which features the manifesto, verbatim, as well as the lively streets of New York City on Holstee’s favorite mode of transportation — bicycle riding.

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Francis Unson

Space Shuttle Atlantis’ Final Flight and the Fleet’s Museum Duty Prep

July 12, 2011

On July 8th, 2011, the Space Shuttle Atlantis took off on its last mission, STS-135NASA prepared extensively for the final 13-day flight that will close out the Space Shuttle Program.  Atlantis was moved to its launch pad at Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Cape Canaveral, Florida, on May 31, and lifted off on July 8 at 11:29 A.M. EDT (1529 GMT).  The shuttle rolled out to the launch pad just hours before its sister ship, Space Shuttle Endeavour, landed early morning on June 1, wrapping up STS-134, its own final mission: a 16-day delivery flight to the International Space Station.  The four-person astronaut crew has worked extremely hard to prepare for Atlantis’, and the Space Shuttle Program’s, last mission.

STS-135 marks the final flight of Space Shuttle Atlantis and the Space Shuttle Program. The Space Shuttles must undergo extensive preparations before assuming museum duty.Many of you may be wondering what will happen to all the space shuttles after this last launch.  Well, the space shuttles are getting ready for their second lives as museum pieces.  The shuttles themselves will go through a lengthy clean-up process before they’re ready for their public debuts.  When a shuttle lands, it’s covered in hazards: liquid hydrogen and oxygen for fuel, ammonia for coolant, and live pyrotechnics for blowing out emergency escape windows.  “We have to remove those chemical hazards so that when it’s in a museum, the public can walk up to it without risk of things outgassing or dripping,” said NASA flow director Stephanie Stilson, who oversaw all the post-flight checkups and pre-flight preparations for Discovery’s last 11 trips to space and is now getting the remaining space shuttles ready for retirement.  Because of these space shuttles, we have been able to make many advances in science and technology.

Once the space shuttles are prepared and deemed safe for public viewing, we can view these magnificent space vehicles at museums around the country.  Space Shuttle Discovery will be located at the National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center just outside Washington, D.C.  Space Shuttle Endeavour will be located at the California Science Center in Los Angeles.  Space Shuttle Atlantis will be located at the Kennedy Space Center just outside Orlando, Florida.

Watch the final launch of Space Shuttle Atlantis, which took place on July 8, 2011.

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Joie Montoya

Top 20 Places to Visit in Europe

July 11, 2011

Traveling across Europe is many Americans’ dreams, whether it is backpacking through it, honeymooning in it, or spending an extended holiday immersed in it.  If you are visiting for a short time, it can be quite stressful to figure out which places to visit and explore.  There are so many beautiful sights to see all over Europe.  So here is a list of the twenty best European vacation spots:

Barcelona

The next time you plan on taking a trip to Europe, make sure to visit the sights of at least one of these 20 cities.

Paris

The next time you plan on taking a trip to Europe, make sure to visit the sights of at least one of these 20 cities.

Lisbon, Portugal

The next time you plan on taking a trip to Europe, make sure to visit the sights of at least one of these 20 cities.

Berlin

The next time you plan on taking a trip to Europe, make sure to visit the sights of at least one of these 20 cities.

Budapest, Hungary

The next time you plan on taking a trip to Europe, make sure to visit the sights of at least one of these 20 cities.

Prague

The next time you plan on taking a trip to Europe, make sure to visit the sights of at least one of these 20 cities.

Amsterdam

The next time you plan on taking a trip to Europe, make sure to visit the sights of at least one of these 20 cities.

London

The next time you plan on taking a trip to Europe, make sure to visit the sights of at least one of these 20 cities.

Istanbul

The next time you plan on taking a trip to Europe, make sure to visit the sights of at least one of these 20 cities.

Madrid

The next time you plan on taking a trip to Europe, make sure to visit the sights of at least one of these 20 cities.

Rome

The next time you plan on taking a trip to Europe, make sure to visit the sights of at least one of these 20 cities.

Florence

The next time you plan on taking a trip to Europe, make sure to visit the sights of at least one of these 20 cities.

Copenhagen

The next time you plan on taking a trip to Europe, make sure to visit the sights of at least one of these 20 cities.

Crete, Greece

The next time you plan on taking a trip to Europe, make sure to visit the sights of at least one of these 20 cities.

Zurich

The next time you plan on taking a trip to Europe, make sure to visit the sights of at least one of these 20 cities.

St. Petersburg

The next time you plan on taking a trip to Europe, make sure to visit the sights of at least one of these 20 cities.

Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

The next time you plan on taking a trip to Europe, make sure to visit the sights of at least one of these 20 cities.

Mykonos, Greece

The next time you plan on taking a trip to Europe, make sure to visit the sights of at least one of these 20 cities.

Krakow, Poland

The next time you plan on taking a trip to Europe, make sure to visit the sights of at least one of these 20 cities.

Glasgow, Scotland, UK

The next time you plan on taking a trip to Europe, make sure to visit the sights of at least one of these 20 cities.

These spots have many points of interest to visit and things to see and do.  You can experience the culture of these many great places which, as you will discover, you can never do in just one day.  Now choosing where to go is the hard part!  Europe is a beautiful place and should be explored widely.  When going to a different country you should always remember to pack lightly and travel smart!

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Taylor P.

Photographs from Bologna: The food capital of Italy… (via Dakota .D Journal)

July 6, 2011

Photographs from Bologna: The food capital of Italy... This month has been another amazing chapter of travel through Italy!! I’ve been to: Florence, Pisa, Venice and Verona, each of which have had their own unique sense of character. Bologna however, is my favorite city in Italy for it’s celebrated food culture… Memorable mornings in Bologna were spent at local café’s where I savored some of the best Italian coffee and pastries. The taste of rich cappuccinos, macchiatos and poached cherry tarts wer … Read More

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The Wondrous, Santa Barbaran Fourth of July Fireworks Show (via modeofaide)

July 5, 2011

I miss watching the Fourth of July Fireworks Show in Santa Barbara. I watched the fireworks show during two stints of summer school at UCSB in 2000 and 2001. The first time, I watched it with roommates from my apartment at the hillside where SBCC is located. The following year, my friends and I parked at the outdoor mall, Paseo Nuevo (where the parking was free, a welcome treat for us broke college students at the time), walked State St. all the way to Stearns Wharf and waited for seven hours before the fireworks show took place directly above us.

The Wondrous, Santa Barbaran Fourth of July Fireworks Show We were running late.  Shifting around scores of people as we rushed along the downtown section of State Street, we began to both hear and feel the explosions in the sky.  It didn’t matter.  Our patriotic endeavor was successful.  The only thing more pleasant than the fireworks themselves were the looks on people’s faces as they gazed upon the blinding colors.  Independence is beautiful. Neon explosions. The intermezzo. The denouement. For those … Read More

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