Ah, family vacations…time for everyone to have togetherness 24 hours a day for however many days in a row. Sometimes it’s awesome, sometimes it’s frustrating, and sometimes you get some really good one-liners about it. Like these…
Navigating New York City can be challenging, even for seasoned New Yorkers. It’s even more confusing if it’s your first trip to the city. Sharon and I fall somewhere in the middle of those categories. Like most locals (well, former locals), we’ll choose to walk if it’s a reasonable distance. For further trips, we’ll choose between an Uber, Taxi or Subway. Each one of those choices has its advantages and drawbacks.
During one of our trips, we decided to head to Williamsburg, Brooklyn and check out a New York classic, Peter Luger Steakhouse.
We managed to get there just fine, taking the Subway from our hotel that was located near Wall Street in Lower Manhattan. After lunch, we decided to walk around Brooklyn for a bit.
When we wanted to head back, I realized we walked the furthest direction possible from any convenient Subway station. We’d have to backtrack to get on the train we arrived on. What about Uber? There were cars available but for the short ride, it was really expensive because we’d have to drive all around Brooklyn to get to the closest bridge crossing.
That’s when I saw an option on Google Maps that I’ve never encountered before.
The World Naked Bike Ride (WNBR) is an international clothing-optional event where participants plan, meet and ride together on human-powered transport (mainly bikes, but also skateboards, inline skates, rickshaws, etc.) to “deliver a vision of a cleaner, safer, body-positive world.”
If you’re traveling from one city to another in Japan, the Shinkansen bullet train is the way to go. Fast, clean, easy and efficient, it’ll get you from Kyoto to Yokohama, Tokyo to Sapporo, Nara to Hiroshima, and just about anywhere else.
The operator of the Shinkansen, JR (Japan Railways) occasionally adds a little bit of fun to its bullet trains by giving them an overlay of popular Japanese animated series. In past years there have been Shinkansens adorned with Evangelion and Hello Kitty…
…but the next bullet train will be decorated in homage to the beloved Mickey Mouse…
Here are our most popular posts for April 2019. Some of them were actually written before April (heads up that rules and offers change and we can’t guarantee that those older ones are still accurate), so take a look to make sure you didn’t miss any of the good stuff: