Articles by "Lisa - 3/21 - Driving Inertia"
We finally get to find out what is in this box.

It’s moving day!

By     |    Oct 26, 2012
Posted in: New York     |    No Comments

It’s finally here — after spending 14 months without a traditional home, today is move-into-our-new-apartment day! We’re so excited to have our own place and a whole new area to explore. I’ve never been so excited for a moving day in my life. After all this time, we have no idea what we have anymore. Unpacking is going to be like a massive shopping trip.

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Our comfy bed.

The Ultimate packing list: what you need (and don’t need) to live in a van for a year

By     |    Oct 22, 2012
Posted in: Adventure How To, Adventure Prep, Best Of     |    3 Comments

We’ve unloaded our van and turned it back into a normal passenger vehicle. It’s terrible. It seems so strange to drive around in a normal minivan — I imagine it’s similar to how you’d feel if you dyed your bright blue hair back to black for a job interview. You’d walk around thinking, “I used to be a cool dude with bright blue hair! Remember?” That’s kind of how CoCoVan […]

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Our collective photo-assisted memories

By     |    Oct 18, 2012
Posted in: Best Of, Reality, Travel, Travel Tech     |    1 Comment

Upon hearing of our impending move to the Ithaca area, one of our college buddies shared a story from the New York Times about the decline of the college bar scene in places like Ithaca. According to the author, students aren’t drinking less, they’re just drinking at bars less (they’re drinking in their rooms, then going to bars to throw up, I guess). I’m sure it’s not relevant that the […]

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The view from the top of the falls.

Fall in the Adirondacks

By     |    Oct 17, 2012
Posted in: Best Of, New York     |    2 Comments

Once, I asked my Dad why he and my Mom had decided to live where they did — in the middle of nowhere, upstate New York. He responded: “The Adirondacks.” Our visit this past week reminded me why I was satisfied with that one-word answer.

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Everything's inverted when you look through the glass half-full.

Home Sweet…Trumansburg?

By     |    Oct 15, 2012
Posted in: Ithaca, New York, Trumansburg     |    1 Comment

It’s official – we finally have a place to call home – a real apartment, not a bedroom on wheels. It’s got walls, doors, a few sinks, a fridge. A stove that doesn’t fold up into a suitcase. A roof and a porch. It even has two toilets. TWO toilets! Our toilet count will shortly increase by like 200%!! In two weeks, home will be a two bedroom duplex in the […]

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Oh, changeable London weather. By the time we left, it was gorgeous.

My favorite touristy thing in London: Westminster Abbey

By     |    Oct 4, 2012
Posted in: Best Of, England, London     |    No Comments

I love cemeteries. Not modern cemeteries so much — they feel too sad, too fresh and recent. I’m happy in old, old cemeteries with elaborate sculptures and tombs and overgrown plantings. Places like Père Lachaise, Montmartre Cemetery, and the Catacombs in Paris, the Unitarian Church’s cemetery in Charleston, Lafayette Cemetery #1 in New Orleans, or any little cemetery in downtown Boston…these places can combine the history of a museum, the greenery […]

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Liquefied pico de gallo

Good Mexican food in London — impossible? We visit Chipotle to find out.

By     |    Oct 2, 2012
Posted in: England, Food, London     |    5 Comments

British food is not bland, dull, or horrible. Portion sizes are generally not that much smaller than the massive piles of food we’ve come to expect in the US. In fact, the food is pretty much…the same as it is in the US. And there’s a reason for that — a reason outlined over 500+ pages in a fascinating book I recently read, Eating In America: as you may recall, […]

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The view approaching the point.

Secret views and maritime history in Greenwich

By     |    Sep 28, 2012
Posted in: England, London     |    1 Comment

Three weeks in London has given us the luxury of time — time to just wander around and see what we find. On our first visit to Greenwich, I was intrigued by the narrow, hilly streets, cute rowhouses, and little shops that I spotted from the main drag. I declared the view from the Royal Observatory one of the best in London, but everybody knows that already. On our second visit […]

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A Thames Clipper, from a Thames Clipper.

The best free / cheap things to do in London

By     |    Sep 25, 2012
Posted in: Best Of, London     |    1 Comment

London is expensive. Finding free or cheap things to do is tricky — you’ve got to be creative. At least the majority of the national museums have free admission for their permanent collections, so you can always duck inside on a rainy day. But maybe you’re sick of museums…then what? Here’s our pick of the best free(ish) things to do in London… 1. Explore The V&A Museum What?! Didn’t I […]

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Hairy net of poo. [pdo]

A Rant about Modern Art and the Tate Modern

By     |    Sep 21, 2012
Posted in: Best Of, London     |    2 Comments

I don’t get modern art. Don’t get me wrong, I like modern art, sometimes, but I don’t usually GET it. I’m pretty convinced that no one other than very imaginative people, other artists, and art students actually GET it. I’m pretty sure that sometimes (often?) there’s nothing there to be gotten. But I love exhibits at places like the Museum of Contemporary Art (aka the MCA) in Chicago, the new Modern Wing at the […]

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