There’s been an invasion in San Francisco as of late. Well, it’s been a few months now but anyway, if you’re walking around the City, you’ll notice random scooters littering the sidewalks. While, yes, some of them are standing upright, many of them are also laying down on the ground having been blown over by the wind or just left laying down by non-caring riders. You might wonder why there are so many scooters laying around San Francisco. Well, it’s all an effort by (two) companies to use creative methods to increase ride sharing in the City. Creative, yes, but also quite illegal. So a few months ago when trucks came around at night and first dropped these scooters off, there were so many scooters everywhere (that you can rent for cheap using an app), but the City now cites people for riding on the sidewalk and making illegal turns on the scooters, etc. Since it’s also illegal to just leave scooters on the sidewalk, the City has also just started rounding some of them up. I’m not sure what they do with them though. There are middle schoolers at the school I teach at that have also figured out way to essentially steal the scooters, too. What a scooter invasion this continues to be!


Lime scooters


Bird scooters

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Bath was built during medieval times. In fact, there used to be a wall that surrounded the medieval city and part of it still stands today. When in Bath, I did a little Lonely Planet self-guided tour to make sure I got a chance to see all the highlights. I was glad I did this even though I needed to wear my pack for almost the entire multi-mile thing because the hostel I was staying at annoyingly didn’t let me leave my pack there early.

Nevertheless, I just loved seeing all the green space against the Gregorian stonework. Even though all the buildings are the exact same color (since they’re built with the exact same type of yellow-ish stone found in this area), I just loved how it made the entire city seem like it popped straight out of a fairy tale. It was all so magical!

Read more about our United Kingdom adventure here:
Scotland – edinburgh, the old cityall things national museum • holyrood views 15th century st. giles cathedral closes abound edinburgh’s castle headed north dunkeld, the first stop the highlands killiecrankie’s soldier’s leap a wee dram of tomatin here comes the snow clava cairns’ standing stones crossing the bridge to skye isle of skye sites the old man of storreilean donan castle the heeland coo kilt rock “city” of portree black and white glen coe the last loch celebrating william wallace it’s the food!
Wales – cardiff’s majestic castle countryside it’s the food!fantasy costell cochcaerphilly castle + dragons dusk cardiff buildings the national museum collection mermaids in cardifffireworks
England – bath’s abbey bath’s baths bath’s royal crescent bath’s eats bath’s pulteney bridge

An English photo adventure:

Mermaid Quay is like the embarcadero or boardwalk area of Cardiff. There’s no beach here, but it is where boats might port and, of course, where the rest of the (non-boat) world shops and dines. Mermaid Quay is actually quite a walk from downtown Cardiff, and considering the rain at the time of my hike over there, the walk seemed even longer! Once I arrived, there was no one around, but that’s probably because it was early morning and because it was pouring, jt because nobody ever visits. While there, I noticed a beautiful red church and lots of art including interesting modern buildings. At least such a capitalistic area of the city is still appreciative of great art!

Read more about our United Kingdom adventure here:
Scotland – edinburgh, the old cityall things national museum • holyrood views 15th century st. giles cathedral closes abound edinburgh’s castle headed north dunkeld, the first stop the highlands killiecrankie’s soldier’s leap a wee dram of tomatin here comes the snow clava cairns’ standing stones crossing the bridge to skye isle of skye sites the old man of storreilean donan castle the heeland coo kilt rock “city” of portree black and white glen coe the last loch celebrating william wallace it’s the food!
Wales – cardiff’s majestic castle countryside it’s the food!fantasy costell cochcaerphilly castle + dragons dusk cardiff buildings the national museum collection

A Welsh photo adventure:

I spent most of my time in Wales in Cardiff, just because I wanted to at least see Wales a little, but ultimately just didn’t have that much time for everything I wanted to do in the UK in less than two weeks! Cardiff really is quite an interesting place to visit just because it’s a big metropolitan city, but is also quite steeped in history and traditional Welsh “stuff”. Everywhere you look, you see modern buildings right next to other stone buildings or castles or churches that are hundreds and hundreds of years old. It’s a nice combination. I also quite liked the river front, which separated the real downtown area from the rest of the city. I also particularly liked the diversity of parts of Cardiff, which to me was totally unexpected … but that tells you how little I actually know about Wales.

Read more about our United Kingdom adventure here:
Scotland – edinburgh, the old cityall things national museum • holyrood views 15th century st. giles cathedral closes abound edinburgh’s castle headed north dunkeld, the first stop the highlands killiecrankie’s soldier’s leap a wee dram of tomatin here comes the snow clava cairns’ standing stones crossing the bridge to skye isle of skye sites the old man of storreilean donan castle the heeland coo kilt rock “city” of portree black and white glen coe the last loch celebrating william wallace it’s the food!
Wales – cardiff’s majestic castle countryside it’s the food!fantasy costell cochcaerphilly castle + dragons dusk

A Welsh photo adventure:

 

{dc} field of tulips

March 28, 2018

Hello,

One of the things I love about working right downtown is that there is always something fun going on in the area! During Chrismas-time, they have a giant tree and lights display, over the summer there’s free yoga in the park, and last week, there was a Tulip Festival in CityCenter that a few of my coworkers and I went to check out over our lunch break.

Put on by flower company Bloomia, 40,000 sustainably grown and harvested tulips were brought into downtown DC. The best part was that all proceeds went to DC Central Kitchen, a nonprofit community kitchen whose social ventures are designed to target the cycle of hunger and poverty! Take a look!

The “Field of Tulips” of all colors! Admission to the garden was absolutely free.

My haul for the day – I only bought 6 stems, but they were a steal at just $1/stem! Since they were sold with bulb attached, they are supposed to last for up to two weeks!

Until next time,
Attrace