Posts tagged #travel

13 countries, 9 metro rail transit systems, 9 nights on trains, 1 ferry, 5 airplanes, and a Wednesday that lasted 40 hours (not hyperbole, I crossed the international fare line!) and I am home. #travel #pdxairportcarpet #pdx #home #pdxcarpet
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Urban planning nerds! Where am I now? #travel #guesswhere #hyperlapse #timelapse #overhead
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I found a cat cafe and I live here now. Screw my flight in a few hours. #reluctantcatselfie #catcafe #seoul #travel #southkorea #korea #cats #catspotting
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So this vegan bakery is the cutest. And delicious! #veganfood #korea #southkorea #breadblue #delicious #travel
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Someone forgot to tell them I don't belong here. TIL the massage chairs in the first class lounge are free with no time limits. (Thanks credit card points for this surrealist first class experience.) #travel #china #koreanair #travelhacking #points #vip
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Gotta love the person in the Chinese government who said "we should have a hotline for foreigners and it's absolutely essential we provide Esperanto translation." #china #shanghai #esperanto #travel #lostintranslation
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And they are OFF!!! Just wrote the final postcard of the 200 I've penned over the past several weeks. When yours arrives, please let me know! I'd love to see the time they take to arrive from China or Russia and the condition they're in. (And oh yea, feel free to throw in a few dollars into the Oh My Dollar! Kickstarter on October 10th to help offset international postage and make the Get Your Money Together workbook a reality!) #postcards #travel #bowie #cats #ohmydollar #shanghai #china #tea #personalfinance
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This is what my face looks like when it turns out your "railway station" hostel is actually 13 miles from the railways station you came in on, and so you spend an hour on transit (after 20 mins in line to buy tickets) and walk 25 mins with a 17lb backpack in the pouring rain only to discover... there is nothing at the address Booking.com gave you. You email the property, and of course they tell you to get on wechat, which you can't activate in a public place because it is too loud and it only does voice activation... so now you're at Starbucks, unable to use their wifi because they don't believe in your Chinese phone number which is apparently a special useless foreigner phone #. And then you just decide that you're going to book a hotline 4-star hotel as close as possible. So...this is my face after I spent $50 on a room when I already had a hostel booked. Because my hostel appears to not exist. I am doing nothing else today except maybe work out in my 4-star hotel gym. #travel #fuckups #charmedlife #notasglamourousasitlooks #china #shanghai
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The Great Wall at Badaling is my ideal hike: lots of stairs, handrails, amazing vistas, and readily available trash cans and bottled water. And approximately 3000 other people taking selfies. #greatwall #china #badaling #travel #obligatoryselfie
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I can't even get over this. The Beijing subway had a good 10 minutes of videos where a cartoon helper creature sees accessibility issues and magics things like curb cuts, bumps for blind pedestrians, lower counters for wheelchair users, and ramps. It is so rare to be in a city that cares enough about improving accessibility that they make 10 minutes of PSA cartoons to blast on the metro. I almost stayed on past my stop to finish watching them. (Also Moscow has a lot to learn from Beijing's metro accessibility, even if it is more beautiful.) Pro tip: filming the PSA about curb cuts will get you weird looks in the metro. #transitaccessibility #psa #accessibility #travel #china #beijing #metro #subway #curbramps
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I trekked far to come to a coffee shop that could definitely be in Portland. Beijing does intense coffee snob hipster cafe exceptionally well, if I do say so. #coffee #beijing #travel #pourover #7dollarcoffeeinchina #nottea #hipster
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My teal glasses are classic, but I was too tempted by the fast&cheap prescription glasses available at Beijing's markets. Got these two new pairs (they are different- look close) for $35 total and they were done with my prescription in a half hour. #beijing #glasses #travel #fashion #bargaining #china #opticians
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Only one train left- one of the fastest trains in the world (Bullet train from Beijing to Shanghai- 300KM per hour). At this point I am a bit touristed out, and plan to take Beijing slow and drink a lot of tea, visit Chinese traditional gardens, and write and mail postcards. Of course though a trip to the Great Wall. #trains #travel #transmongolian #trainberd #maps #travel
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The train is so cold right now and there's a rumor there is no coal to heat the train until October. So everyone is staying huddled under wool blankets wearing many many layers trying to stay warm. A bit like camping - at 50mph. #transmongolian #notasglamourousasitlooks #trains #travel #russia
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I may have overpacked food for the #transmongolian but I will not go hungry! Thanks to happy vegan grocery store in Moscow for helping me stock up on vegan halva and google translate helping me read labels in the grocery store in Poland! #trains #veganfood #vegan #vegantravel #travel #notasglamourousasitlooks #ramen
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They let me drive the train. Or at least hang out in the engineer's cab of a 1957 polish "Hans Bremmer" soviet rolling stock. #trains #trainnerd #trainsallover #travel #allthetrainmuseum #EU2024 #poland #warsaw
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Almost nothing compares to a quiet train compartment, in motion while also alone and still with your thoughts. #train #travel #alone #traintravel #solotravel #latvijaseckpresis
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Checked in to Russia (Россия)
городское поселение Мишеронский, Russian Federation
In America, your passport gets stamped, in Russia, passport stamps you. #russia #travel #whysomanycustomsofficers
The thing about trains is that they make me as excitable as a child. I don't want to get to my destination, I just want to play with my compartment and discover little details that make trains amazing. Also I want to pull the handle for this instabed over and over. 🚋🚋🚋🚋🚋🤸🏻‍♀️🌈#latvijasekspresis #trains #sleepertrain #russia #travel #amazing
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I swear it was accidental that I matched the train. #trains #travel #slippers #footselfie #latvia #latvijasekspresis
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I am on a train, in first class sleeper, to Russia. LTE Data on my phone will soon be a thing of the past but I do have my location via satellite (thanks to @aaronpk) at anomalily.world - also this is really really exciting!!!!! #trains #travel #latvia #gotorussia #visa #tomoscowIgo #russia
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This is where I am at right now, halfway through my trip. Only in the EU for another ~10 hours. The end of unlimited data is near. Also, stressing about deadlines for work. Have not turned off successfully at all. But currently in Latvia enjoying a coffee and a good fluffy book. #maps #travel #notasglamourousasitlooks
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Let's go an adventure on the coolest rooftop garden I have ever seen. Perfect way to cap off 24 hours in Warsaw. #warsaw #poland #travel #hyperlapse
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Definitely thought all these cross-and-circle symbols on my map were for lesbian bars. They're churches. That makes a little more sense in Poland. #maps #travel #queertravel #lostintranslation
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Being tiny means not having to fight for floor space in a crowded compartment. #train #travel #poland #gray #selfie #iwokeuplikethis #aftertrainnap
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Polish railways would like to inform you that there is a bottle opener under the table for all your train-drinking needs. There are no other signs in the whole compartment. #trains #travel #priorities #poland #warsawaexpress
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I need more caffeine to battle with you, Waschmaschine. One setting actually translates to "fling in air" I am pretty sure. Come on, I used to do this every week. #travel #lostintranslation #mundanelife #washingmachine
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Selfie hyperlapse with the french countryside as seen from the Eurostar. #travel #hyperlapse #selfie #polkadots #eurostar #trains @eurostar
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Portrait of the artist on a layover in an airport. #nocordleftbehind #electronics #travel #notasglamourousasitlooks #airport #airportyoga
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Portrait of the Artist on her Laptop at an airport

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Day One: An Unexpected Night in a Hotel

An unexpected extra $600 flight voucher and shower and breakfast.
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Good morning from Marriot SeaTac - yes, this was not on my plans for today. I was supposed to be on a red eye to Boston for a 16hr layover before heading to Dublin. But my meeting in Boston got cancelled and I was set to just wander around all day. So when they asked for volunteers to fly out tomorrow instead, I took it. So I got to sleep in a bed, skip a redeye, and get a shower. Not to mention a $600 travel voucher. Travel is so much better when you have some flexibility. (The irony being that today's flight was on points anyway, so my points just earned me two flights.) #flights #points #travel #hotel #delta #selfiewithatripod
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Flight art installation by J Shea at PDX A gates. #art #travel #flying #takeoff
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