Sunday, December 30, 2007

happy 2008!

this is most likely going to happen at my new year's eve party. let's just hope i don't get this drunk

Friday, December 28, 2007

christmas in miami

because atlanta can go a little overboard with holiday spirit, my parents and i (and my cousins) decided to take a road trip to miami!

8 hours isn't that long when you pop a xanax or two.

Viva Miami!
My cousins (and uncle) plotting an escape plan from the shitty hotel i booked (it really wasn't that bad!).
papa chillin like matt dillon
the 'rents

scene from "asia invades florida"
Hi! I just popped a vicadin!
Gorgeous Palm Beach (where the one-hour fishing detour was more like, uh, FIVE hours)
The baby sting ray my uncle caught.
The makeshift "pool" i created so it wouldn't suffer before they like killed it. (they ended up throwing it back into the ocean, thank god!)
Fishing like true rednecks
my doggy says "happy holidays!"

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Israel part 2: Sharing the Shalom

There's lots to learn my Hacidic friends, so pay attention!

Tel Aviv is Israel's most cosmopolitan city, fueled by sublime beaches, a riveting nightlife scene, delish restaurants and hot Jews.

Despite that war shit going on, there's still a sense of (arty) optimism on the streets.

Jaffa is the old city, an ancient port and where Jonah set off before being swallowed by that damn whale.

The coast of Tel Aviv. I own this view.

They told us to be careful, but nothing about climbing electric posts. Thank God (and only God) for the signs.

Hey, this cafe looks familiar! (hint: The Bubble)

The market was pretty cool despite the ubiquitous security checks. Matt, translate this for my 2 readers please.

Did I mention the optimism?

I headed to the Dead Sea, the lowest place on Earth (400 meters below sea level).

Here, the sand is salt and the sea is—well—pretty fucking salty. So rich with salt and minerals that you literally float.

Floating without exertion.

This hot Russian just posed.

Remember King Herod and the opulent, isolated fortress he built in 1st AD? I didn't either, but it's a World Heritage Site and clearly commanding.

These are the two camels we rode to Jerusalem. It took only 22 days.

Panoramic view of Jerusalem, including the gates.

Hot soldiers.

The old city was built on top of Roman ruins.

This is THE Western wall, the only original wall from the Temple Mount and the holiest shrine for Jews in the world. Like, all mythical beginnings start here (ie: Adam) and the site includes the Dome of the Rock. Yall, this is like 3000 years old.

Hot soldiers.

You diggin' Biblical times? Time to enter the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.

This is the original rock (encased) from where Jesus was crucified.

They buried him here.

After all the history, I needed to go cruising. You wouldn't believe it, but they like to party in Jerusalem.

And, no lie, the city has unarguably boasted one of the world's best sunrises for several thousand years.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

the good life in ISRAEL

No, really it exists (or at least that's what I'm here to discover). Sure, there's a war going on, but why should that deter people from exploring a beautiful country? Go travel bitches, especially Israel!

My first Israeli gas station (hey, we are driving everywhere, it makes sense, shalom!)

Stopped in Haifa up north to check out this gorgeous garden.

The Bahaii Shrine and garden during the day. Doesn't it kinda resemble the Hanging Garden (7 ancient wonders) ?

Okay, maybe the "mens bathroom" sign is a little scary, but not as bad as my driver's pony tail.

Akka... an ancient seaport/world heritage site...

Walled in

Chillin' trannie hooker

A different kind of "hookah"

The sea of galilee, where jesus apparently walked on water (behind me)

The town where he grew up!

This is the church (or remnants of it inside the new one) where Mary was told she was going to pop that hippy out

Just arrived in Tel Aviv... will post soon depending on how much trouble i get myself into..

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Philippines 2: island hopping and not doing drugs

After some Boholing, we headed over to Cebu, the second largest city in the Philippines, chockfull of history and WOW! beaches.

Shangri La was uber-luxe, and they upgraded me to an executive suite because I wore red. And because I was like, "No, I don't want this dessert. Guh ross."

Cebu is famous for being the first city founded in Philippines by Magellan in 1527. Remember him yall? This is THE spot where he first landed, spiking a cross into the ground.

Then he built this church.

And then he got killed right here on Mactan Island. I KNOW. They LIED to us in history class. He never completely circumnavigated the world... but his ship and crew did (I'll get you Mr. Tibbetts, you fucking liar)

This was the dude who machete'ed his ass

Because I was so upset for being mislead, I decided to head over to Boracay, a popular tourist destination and one of the best islands I've ever been to (big statement, I know). The water is fucking gorge, sandy beaches run the length of the island's 6 whopping miles and you can get full body, one hour massages for 5 bucks on the beach. Whodadunk?

Just another day...

Oh, I discovered a cave and called it cave I discovered.

This was my sweet-ass suite at the Boracay Regency.

Did you notice my back deck? The pool is LITERALLY at my steps (they call it suite with pool access... so clever).

Here in the Philippines, you get the death sentence for drug trafficking. No lie. And you can get imprisoned for buying it. I kid you not. So I just ate a lot of crab.