The Travel Bug
I've been bitten by the travel bug. One of things on my bucket list for 2019 is to travel more as a companion. I'm pretty much open to travel just about anywhere nationwide, except for one state, but I'll get to that later.
I'm passionate about exploring new places, cultures, and people. I've been pretty sheltered in my adult life, having traveled to only a few places mainly on the east coast. I like a variety of places, from small cozy towns to bustling cities. Here are few places that I would love to visit this year:
New York City
The city that never sleeps has always intrigued me since I was kid living a very small, rural town in the south. As kid, I loved the few times a year, my family and I would get on the bus in Chinatown in DC the wee hours of the morning on a Saturday and head to NYC for a day of shopping in Manhattan or visiting relatives in Harlem. Granted I grew up within an hour's drive from Washington, DC, but DC was small potatoes compared to the Big Apple. There is so much to do there, so many people, different people from every type of background, identity, and ethnicity. Very unique attitude and atmosphere there. Very inspirational. I felt I could make any of my dreams come true there. I love the vibe, now especially in the outer boroughs. Even though there has been major regentrification in the outer boroughs, there is still some soul and charm there.
The last time I was in NYC was for a civvie business trip over 2 years ago. I mainly stayed in midtown with meetings in the lower east side. I didn't have that much time to explore and shop. But I would love to get back there. Maybe see a show, we could go for The Lion King or a classic such as Phantom of the Opera. We could visit museums, since I am a huge museum nerd. Maybe the Met or the Guggenheim, or both? Enjoy fine dining at the many eclectic or more traditional spots. And of course, go to Central Park! It's only a few hours on the train to Penn Station for me to get to you, my NYC gentlemen! Let's make a date, better yet make it a weekend!
Miami/Palm Beach/Florida Keys
There was time, a long, long ago, a bright eyed college gal and her friends headed on to what to known as the Spring Break trip for the ages in Miami, Florida. There is a certain type of liveliness only unique to Miami. It's so colorful, not only in its architecture, but in its vibe. This is one city that you do not want to stay in, even if it's raining. The vibe makes you want to get up and move and be free. A lot happened that Spring Break. Many things I will not go into, as it may incriminate myself. I enjoyed myself and met wonderful people there from all over the world, including a few famous folks.
Me and Allen Payne. At that time, he was a popular actor and I had a crush on him. Jason's Lyric and New Jack City have a special place in my heart. Nothing wild happened that night, but I did grab his butt in this picture.