Georgetown, Seattle

Go with the eyes of an artist sometimes

Georgetown is my favorite neighborhood in Seattle for creative exposure.

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If you have an alert observation, there are so many things that give Georgetown its character. If you’ve been to the Georgetown in Washington DC, you’ll notice they have some similar history though not the same aesthetic. Georgetown is 15 min South of the heart of Seattle, Belltown, run down looking, often lacking an obvious buzz.

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Georgetown art attack, Dead baby downhill, Acoustic Armageddon, Haunted History tour, Via Tribunali, Georgetown Trailer Park Mall are my favorite things here. Ok may be not dead baby downhill which gets too crazy. There was an after party shooting in 2011 at 4:30 a.m.. What was through through this person’s mind? “Hey I am going to a party and drinking. Let me take my gun just in case I get pissed off…”. All great scenes for something new, something different every time. My pictures above and below are from a time I went about taking fall pictures of random things with strangers from meetup.com.

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Apart from the obvious, notice the dog with one green and one brown eye. Notice the warehouse through it’s peephole.

So what’s common with the one in DC? Well they both were former industrial districts and now hella polluted. Both have an artistic vibe. And they’re both called Georgetown ๐Ÿ™‚

Pro Travel Tip 10:ย Go with the eyes of an artist sometimes

A photographer, a painter, a blogger, whatever floats your boat. You’ll notice things you wouldn’t otherwise.

Vegas

Travel with the pros

It was only my third time in Vegas but I reached my Vegas Moksha.

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Rio Hotel, Vegas

My first time was with my ex bf and now good friend and business partner. We saw Ka by Cirque Du Soleil. I got us premium tickets at MGM and all. Best theater ever. The second time, I went with a childhood friend. We had our second lap-dance together from the same person. This was post yelling and pulling out skeletons from our 8th grade closets at the main stripper stage. Good time again. The third time was, ahem, a divorsary. This was my favorite time.

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My very good friend got a multi-story divorsary cake for herself. It had a bride figure on top, a mangled, supposedly dead groom at the bottom and cranberry sauce for blood, the groom’s blood of course. We had the VIP section at Rio hotel, bottle service as we chatted with various groups of the opposite species from around the world. One of our friends got us in Mirageย free through connections the night before.

Fast forward next afternoon.

Friend (who has a bf): Ladies, are you sure you want me to draw the curtain?

Other (hungover and sleeping) friends: Yeah sure

*Curtains drawn*

*Room-wide cringe ensues*

Which brings me to my next two pro-tips:

Pro Travel Tip 8: Travel with the pros

You don’t want to be wandering by yourself asking, “hey if you were drunk, where would you look for another drunk person?”

Pro Travel Tip 9: Strip-club rules:

  1. Carry cash only. No credit cards
  2. Keep your mouth shut. No exchange of fluids
  3. Make them earn it

Also, if you’re not a gambling pro, keep your stakes low. You’ll have a better time ๐Ÿ™‚

 

 

Anjuna beach, Goa, India

There’s always a place to be yourself

Some of my first tastes of freedom were in Goa.

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I grew up in Mumbai. It’s like NYC but add more people and make it really ghetto. Like any metropolitan city, it pays your bills but stresses you out. Goa is a 600 kilometer drive South of Mumbai. If you’re a foreign tourist, Goa, close to end of the year, is your safest bet.

The pictures above are at Anjuna beach, Goa taken 13 years ago. Mumbai has beaches too. India has a lot of beaches. But you’ll get stares if you wear a bikini there. Most Indian beaches are like fairs with vendors and merry-go-rounds. It’s Ok to wear a bikini in India in Goa if you are with company or at private beaches. I’m a bit of a nudist so this was pretty exciting for me ๐Ÿ™‚

Goa has an illegal weed scene. Marijuana (Cannabis flower) is illegal in India. But bhang (Cannabis seeds and leaves)ย is Ok on Holi (Hindu festival). Worst high ever…

More family unfriendly activities include rave parties, riding mopeds in that crazy traffic and roads, shopping at late night flea markets and drinking in shacks (temporary restaurants).

Pro Travel (life) Tip 6: There’s always a place to be yourself

Goa: Fond memories forever โค

Passion for Possibility

I try new things a lot. My main motivation for this blog was the fact that though I have platforms to publish family friendly excerpts of my travel elsewhere, I need one that isn’t. So I’ll share some perfectly legal things to do around the hood here ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’ll keep the content short and sweet. No full itineraries and minimum scrolling.

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The picture above was taken at Cacimba do padre, Fernando De Noronha, Brazil. To give you some context, I made the mistake of not wearing a bikini that day. So some friendly locals invited me to a BBQ and a lady took my dress off till my waist. I hung out in my bra and my dress as a sarong. The picture above is photoshopped some to add contrast and make it not look obviously like a bra.

Pro Travel Tip 1 ladies and gentlemen: – Carry swimwear for every day of your trip in Brazil. Somebody is going to drag you in the water ๐Ÿ˜‰

Pro Travel Tip 2: Carry condoms

Pro Travel Tip 3: Learn the local translations of 5 words at a MINIMUM wherever you go:

  1. Yes
  2. No
  3. Slow
  4. Fast
  5. Toilet

Thank me later