Once upon a time, a city girl from New York was invited "down under and down on the farm." A friend in New South Wales, Australia hosted me for the most memorable eco-experience of my life! Now, I have seen farm animals and been to petting zoos, but I was honestly not prepared for this.
Green Travel is not the first thing that springs to mind when thinking about a trip to the USA, but it's equally (perhaps even more) important to ensure visitors take a responsible approach to travel as it is with anywhere else in the world. San Francisco offers a number of city tours that support the ecologically minded and is a city rich with both wildlife and culture.
Driving from L.A. to Grand Canyon....what an experience! Insieme ai miei compagni di viaggio, mio zio (the driver) e mia cugina ci siamo avventurati alla scoperta delle distanze immense degli States. La nostra meta era il Grand Canyon, per cui passaggio d'obbligo attraversare l'Arizona... Sembrava proprio di stare dentro un film..con un continuo cambio immagine. Gi?, perch? attraversare l'Arizona a met? novembre significa anche cambiare stagione... Avete mai visto il deserto sotto la neve? Beh noi s?, esperienza quasi mistica, direi... Anche se ci? che credo meriti pi? di tutto ?
The sunlight shot through the blinds and into my tightly closed eyes right at dawn. Instead of fighting the early morning wake up call, I welcomed it. Yet another day in Santa Lucia Ecolodge; I rejoiced! Silently, I slipped out the wooden door passed my sleeping roommate. Pots and pans clanged from the kitchen as the boys started preparing breakfast. I quickly slid by them with a quick "Buenas Dias" and met with the cold cement floor of the shower. Three months ago you'd of never found me out of bed before 8am but these days my habits have changed.
Village Earth, a non-profit organization that provides sustainable international development training programs, is offering a new online course "Tourism and Development" as a part of the Community-based Development Certificate Program in partnership with Colorado State University. This course runs 5-weeks from January 6 - February 10, 2012. All registration is done online and the deadline to register is December 30, 2011.
There is an unwritten rule that Gay men must visit certain places at least once in their lifetime. San Francisco check , Berlin check, Sydney check, London check - now where next? I'm feeling in the mood for a party, but I want to be somewhere with guaranteed sunshine and a beach. I want to shop till I drop, immerse myself in the culture and maybe get close to nature. Miami seems to tick all the boxes, so flight booked, bag packed watch out South Beach here I come!
I have some friends who do a sale tour of posters in the US (east coast), so I decided to ask to a friend if I could spend some time with her doing this crazy and funny job ! She agreed and proposed I work with her for two weeks. Then I arrived at the conclusion that I could stay away from home for two months : working for two weeks and then travelling around US for the rest of the time.
My trip started in NY, then it was off to Chicago, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Detroit, Pittsburgh and NY again.