Napa

Maybe you heard it through the grapevine already, but Napa is a pretty wonderful place to visit.  I’ve had the pleasure of going to this glorious region three times and have not once been disappointed.  From the scenery– driving with windows rolled down on the windy back roads from downtown Napa to the heart of the vineyards feeling like what Don Henley described in “Boys of Summer”; to the culinary delicacies–justifying why it makes sense to eat more than 1 Bouchon Bakery macaroon before lunch and eating so much of the garlic oil parmesan spread at Bottega that you get why the chef calls it “crack dip”; to the friendly faces–sitting in a tasting room for hours meeting new people from all over the world and hearing their stories; and of course the wine– discovering a sweet reserve called “Nightingale” at a private tasting at Beringer and deciding you totally need a case of the stuff sent home.  Ahh, Napa.

PHOTO CREDIT: JAX COHEN

PHOTO CREDIT: JAX COHEN

PHOTO CREDIT: JAX COHEN

CREDIBILITY

When applying for a job, it’s a smart idea to have a strong resume and to be able to speak to your relevant experiences in great detail.  Blogging for a public audience is quite similar.  Just because I paid for a domain name and can navigate my way through a moderately simplistic WordPress dashboard doesn’t automatically make me an expert in anything.  Moreover, calling myself an expert in the subjects I choose to write about doesn’t prove a damn thing either.  So, let’s cut to the chase…what are my qualifications, you ask?  Please refer to the “Curriculum Vitae” link at the top of the blog for a regularly updated travel resume.  And if you have questions on any of these spots– feel free to e-mail me anytime at: info@wanderlusty.net.

And in the meantime, look at this water!  It’s the Aegean Sea around the island of Rhodes, Greece.  Swimming in this was one of the best days of my life.  Of course that was followed by sharing a carafe of local white wine and gorging on a tzatziki-smothered gyro with my best friend at a local cafe.  I think it’s safe to say that any day that includes tzatziki sauce and white wine is already off to a great start.  Yes, a crystal clear sea helps.

PHOTO CREDIT: JAX COHEN

The point of all this is that I have a lot of travel insight and passion to offer anyone who wants it.   I’m ready to dive in to the depths of my tzatziki-clouded memories whenever you need me.

HELLO, WORLD!

Not all who wander are lost. - J. R. R. Tolkien

PHOTO CREDIT: FODORS.COM

There are many people that say they “live to travel”.  As for me, I travel to live.  Is there a difference?  Yes.  For me, you can’t live without moving and that’s all that travel really is.  So, I travel, I move…and that’s what makes me feel alive.  It’s the rich experiences with family and friends, meeting and working with new people, finding opportunities and challenges, tasting exciting cultures, and most importantly, it’s enjoying love and genuine happiness wherever it exists.

And now, for an English lesson…

wan·der·lust

/ˈwändərˌləst/

Noun
A strong desire to travel:

So that’s what Merriam-Webster has to say about it.  But, for our purposes here, my dear friends, the personification of wanderlust is really the Oz behind the curtain of my mind.  It is the id– the pleasure principle that drives all of my needs, wants, and desires.  Simply stated, it is my way.

And for that reason, I decided to dust off my blogging pants and share my wanderlusty adventures with all of you.  I’ve chronicled non-fictional tales of debauchery, love games, play, work, and many other lighthearted topics in the past.  I have a lot of useless knowledge and stories to share (and if you are interested, just let me know), but I’ve traveled and experienced too many awe-inspiring places on this beautiful planet to keep it to myself.  It’s time to go public.