Besides, there are some very nice pleasant areas in Oakland.
Oakland has seriously been turning its shit around. Because most people can't afford SF, Oakland has been getting a pretty vibrant arts and youth culture, although of course the police chief stepping down back in May (I think? Not gonna look it up.) kicked off a fair amount of shit.
Lunch Friday at Papillon on Rue Ste.Paul in old Montreal on Friday. Not bad.
Dinner at Europea which was one of the top five culinary experiences in my lifetime.
Club Super Sexe sounds interesting but we had our own version going on back le hotel.
Next on my to-do list is Portland and Seattle. Scoping out cities to live in outside of California.....
In a couple weeks I am flying to Western Michigan to see family. Next month I am going upstate for a wedding. The following month is Costa Rica as a 1-year anniversary/honeymoon trip.
The latter is the only extended trip; we are staying on the Pacific coast and leaving things pretty open. Might go on various tours through the jungle, might go sailing, will certainly hang out on the beach, see a lot of monkeys and sloths.
Yeah. Rainy season is way cheaper because of the extra rain. There will still be animals and bungalows and we will still be very close to a beach for afternoons when it is not rainy. Plus I really don't mind rain.
If you have the money for a side excursion/hotel night, I'd highly recommend heading to Arenal and staying at the Tabacon Grand Spa. They have an incredible hot spring set up with views of the active volcano, you'll get a decent meal and the hotel is well kept up. My favorite thing I did in Costa Rica was visit the Caribbean side and stay in the jungle, but Tabacon was a close second. There are also some great river rafting trips you can do in the Arenal area where you'll be able to get up close with animals and probably see some things you wouldn't catch otherwise. We saw a really huge owl and a bunch of toucans, and the guide said it was the only place he'd ever seen jaguars.
Oh, and my friend was flashed by a "non-homeless looking" man at the 19th street Oakland BART on Friday evening, but any dummy on public transport should know that when a strange man loitering in a station asks if they can show you something CHANCES ARE HIGH THAT IT'S THEIR PENIS.
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8/30: Peaking Lights @ The Chapel
9/3: Bear in Heaven @ The Independent
9/11: Tomas Barfod @ The Rickshaw Stop
9/12: Shifted @ Mercer
9/24 - 28: Decibel Festival
10/3-5: Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival
10/4: Ought @ BoH
10/5: The War on Drugs, Cass McCombs @ The Fillmore
10/18-19: Treasure Island Music Festival
I flew into Liberia and stayed in the northern part of the country, so I don't have any suggestions for you unless you feel like driving 6 hours to get there.
I would also recommend against Jaco which has resorts/casinos (unless that is what you are looking for) and lots of prostitutes (unless that is what you are looking for).
It's a day drive to get there but my favorite spot was a surfer spot called Mal Pais. It's been a few years and only dirt roads there but the sets never stopped. Really cool place. Second favorite was Monteverde and doing the zip lining through the jungle.
General tip if you are offered regular greens or the best greens. Go with the best which is the equivalent to HS quality greens. The regular smelled like it was mixed in or grown in crap. I think it does the job as the surfer bums were stoked to get it for free from us.
I've been researching carry on bags (I need a new one) and ran across this brand called Zuca. They're expensive and I probably won't buy it unless I find one on sale or something...but it has organizers inside the bag for those of us that like to seperate our shit..AND it turns into a chair.
That is really cool, but it seems like a ton of space being wasted.
EDIT: i guess it depends on the person and the type of trip. It would definitely work better for women who wearing a lot of lighter clothes than for guys who are typically packing bigger t-shirts and things like jeans. My shoes are so huge, that one extra pair in my carry-on practically takes up half the bag, so I need every square inch of available space to cram things into.
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8/23-24/14 FYF Fest - Expo Park //8/25/14 Nine Inch Nails - Hollywood Bowl // 9/6/14 Elvis Costello & Ben Folds - Hollywood Bowl
9/12-14/14 Riotfest - Humboldt Park, Chicago, IL // 9/18/14 Neutral Milk Hotel - Hollywood Bowl
Those organizers act as air compressors though. So you can get a lot into them and then when you press and zip, you squeeze the extra air out. It otherwise meets the linear carryon requirements... and I guess you don't have to use all the cubes anyway. I just mostly like the chair thing.
I actually am not a big fan of cubie organizers; I like the compressor bags that you can throw clothing into and then roll up to squeeze out the extra air. They've always worked great for me. Plus, you can use the bags again once you're on your trip to keep your dirty clothes seperate from your clean ones. Plus about the cubes though is that youc an put your loose crap in them (deoderant, makeup, etc.).