So I haven’t been the best at updating Helen’s Travel Corner recently. Life has somewhat gotten in the way I suppose and blogging has been put on the back burner. Not that I haven’t wanted to blog, but more because time seems to have played a trick on me and disappeared before my eyes. I’ve also started a company – got the official paperwork in March – so that has been taking up a lot of my energy and focus. That being said, here’s the quick and dirty highlights from April and May and now that we’re into June, I’ll try to better about writing more. Summer is into full swing and all the adventures that come with it.
Back in April I took the Bolt Bus to Boston for two nights for a Beijing reunion then flew JetBlue to San Diego for one night on business before hopping on a United flight to San Francisco. I was in the bay area for the Facebook f8 conference and stayed the weekend. During that trip, I crashed with Lily, my old roommate from Boston, and it was great to catch up with her. On Saturday we went sailing for free with Jenna, a Boston-turned SF cs-er friend, and her boyfriend David. Jenna, David and I hiked to the Tourist Club on Sunday. The Tourist Club is a German beer garden over a 100 years old hidden in the woods. A journalist from Brooklyn who I met at SXSW in Austin tipped me off about the spot and it is indeed a great discovery! It’s the perfect combination of hiking and beer consumption that one could ask for! Monday I worked from a startup in Silicon Valley which my inner geek loved. That night I took a Virgin flight back to NYC concluding the week. While I’m not a big fan of red eye flights, I was impressed with Virgin a lot. It was the epitome of sleek and sexy travel.
Other highlights include my first Yankees game, an overnight trip to Connecticut during Memorial Day weekend, the Queens beer garden, speak easy bars and discovering amazing brunch places in Manhattan. (Hmmm…a food and drinking theme seems to always emerge with me…)
Since last Thursday I was working on a project in San Diego. I’m sad to report that I didn’t see much more than my hotel room and the office I was working out of. We were in Del Mar and I was able to at least eat some good food of which a Pho place quickly became my favorite spot! It’s also becoming a tradition when I’m in California to at least hit up In-N-Out once. I’m now in Philly for just a night to spend some quality time with Mike and Sarah before they head to Canada for the summer…and then they’ll be back in the fall and will be getting married in October which I can’t be more excited about! Surprisingly it’s also much warmer here than in San Diego – I got to experience ‘June gloom’ first-hand and have to say that being back on the East coast is nice and warmer. Even though I’m sure I’ll be complaining about the humidity and heat before long! Tomorrow night I’ll be back in NYC.
This morning -ah hem 2:30pm – we did brunch and caught the USA-England game. Sarah’s taking a quick nap and Mike is picking up some beer before tonight’s festivities begin. This is their last hoorah and weekend in the states for the summer so tonight should be fun…you may or may not get more details on it ;).
Until next time, Go USA!