Hozōmon at Asakusa Shrine

Tokyo: Rain or Shine

(continued from Bali:An Obligatory Stop?)

If you are just joining in, this is part of a series of blog entries about a trip I took in March. Taking this trip was a challenge I gave to myself to cover as many miles and visit as many places I could in a two week time frame while still being able to see beautiful places and landmarks. So far I have covered my visits to New Zealand, Sydney, Australia, and Bali, Indonesia.

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Road Through Arches National Parks

Arches National Park

Last week I took some time with family to visit Arches National Park near Moab, Utah. One of Utah’s five national parks (Utah has the 3rd highest number of national parks in the US after Alaska and California), Arches features some very unique geological formations not found anywhere else on earth. Arches National Park offers amazing scenery, hiking, camping, climbing, and other recreation opportunities.

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Sydney Harbour at Dusk

Sydney Part 2: In a Class of Its Own

Sydney Part 2: In a Class of Its Own

Continued from Sydney Part 1: A Way to Start a G'Day

In an attempt to summarize what Sydney was like to family and friends back home, I tried to compare it to other cities they might have been to themselves. Walking around the central business district felt like walking in other large cities I have visited. Certain neighborhoods reminded me of New York City, particularly in the historical areas like The Rocks. George Street reminded me of parts of Broadway, albeit on a smaller scale. The city as a whole reminded me of Seattle or San Francisco with the numerous waterfronts, an iconic bridge, and landmarks. To me, it had more American characteristics than European. But Sydney is quite diverse and has people from many backgrounds and nationalities. As I spent more time here, Sydney began to show me its own vibe and turned out to be a city quite different than anywhere else I had been before.

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Circular Quay Panorama in Sydney

Sydney Part 1: A Way to Start a G’day

A way to Start a G’day

(continued from New Zealand part 3)

Introduction

If you are just joining in, this is part of a series of blog entries about my trip last month that first took me to New Zealand and continued on to three other countries. The trip was a challenge I gave myself to cover as many miles that I could and visit as many places that I could in a two week time frame while still being able to see beautiful places and landmarks while gaining an appreciation of these places. It picks up leaving the South Island of New Zealand…

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Spring Sunset in Salt Lake City

A View of Home

As a quick blog detour from covering my trip overseas, I just want to share some views of where I call home. I have lived in Salt Lake City (or SLC) my whole life. It is such a great place to live and probably one of the most underrated cities there is. Some people are catching on though as the city continues to see growth, tourism increases, and the city gets more attention. The Salt Lake area has what seems like infinite outdoor opportunities.

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