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I am finally getting through all my photos and should have the rest up shortly.

Posted in Travel with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 20, 2012 by Scott Hanson

The Beginning of the End

Posted in Travel with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 2, 2012 by Scott Hanson

I woke up around six a.m. on the first and spent an hour and a half chasing the small, yellow signs among the dark, frigid rat maze streets of Venice. This was the very beginning of the first leg of my long journey home. Two and a half hours on a train to Milan, another two hours to Genoa, ninety minutes to Ventigmilia, one hour on a bench, a quick forty-five minute ride to Nice, followed by three hours roaming the streets, then a thirteen hour sleepless overnight train ride to Paris, four hours shivering in a freezing cold train station followed by a final two-hour trip to London and the first leg was over.

I am glad to be back in an English-speaking country. France and Italy were amazing, but I can’t help feeling, I missed out. The true value of travel is in the cultural interaction, much of which you can’t experience without speaking the native language.

Baugettes and Oranges

Posted in Travel with tags , , , , , , , on January 14, 2012 by Scott Hanson

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I arrived in Nice just as the sun was touching the Mediterranean horizon. It was one hell of a sight. It had all the beauty of an unusually dramatic sunset multiplied by the grandiose landscape glowing gold in the low light. I couldn’t bring myself to take a picture. I sat back, listened to smooth, rhythmic churning of the sea and admired the scenery.

I probably should have used the last bit of sunlight to locate my hostel. I bet i could have found it in less than two hours, but I found a tree full of oranges and a bakery with fresh baguettes.