Wednesday, August 31, 2016

סיפור על אהבה וחושך (A Tale of Love and Darkness)

Growing up at a time of tumultuous transition from Mandatory Palestine to the creation of the state of Israel, Amos (Amir Tessler) gets a semblance of normalcy thanks to the efforts of his imaginative mother, Fania (Natalie Portman), whose collection of stories never fails to tickle his imagination. She also plays the role of the supportive wife to his father, Arieh (Gilad Kahana), a struggling writer with an overbearing mother who is not so fond of her daughter-in-law. As depression eventually sets in, Fania finds herself in a state of perpetual gloom, slowly losing her zest for life. Her son continues to be her daily companion, helplessly witnessing her deterioration, both mental and physical, while trying to navigate his way around the new status quo that paints a rather uncertain picture for the years to come.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

[OHIO] Budget and Itinerary

MONDAY: 29 August 2016
JetBlue (Fort Lauderdale - Cleveland) - 115.10
AirBNB (2 Nights) - 58.00
Red Line (Cleveland Hopkins - W. 65 Lorain) - 2.50
22 (W. 65 Lorain - Lorain/West Blvd) - 2.50
No 1 Kitchen (Large Ham Fried Rice + Water) - 8.50
CVS (Junk Food) - 9.98

Monday, August 29, 2016

[SANDUSKY] Life Is a Roller Coaster

Life is a roller coaster, and to some extent, I think I agree. When your mood swings are as extreme as mine, then every day is one hell of a ride indeed. Highs and lows aside, though, I think what makes me fond of riding roller coasters is that it’s one of the few remaining things on this planet that makes me feel alive. I know that sounded too emo, but that’s just the way it is, nothing but the truth. Sometimes all it takes is gravity to give you a jolt and remind you that, wow, you’re not dead yet. You win again, gravity. You win again.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

[FLORIDA] Budget and Itinerary

THURSDAY: 25 August 2016
JetBlue (Port-au-Prince - Fort Lauderdale) - 167.26
AirBNB (4 Nights) - 88.00
1 (Southbound) - 2.00
Subway (Spicy Italian 6") - 4.97 1 (Northbound) - 2.00
Circle T (Snacks) - 7.88

Saturday, August 27, 2016

[BROWARD] The 36-Hour Fort Lauderdale Insomnia

I think I really just wanted to get out of Haiti ASAP, which made Florida look like a refuge of sorts, a place where I’d be doing nothing but chill. But the journey to my Airbnb place at Sunrise Boulevard proved to be a very long one. Landing at Fort Lauderdale late in the evening, the wait time was further exacerbated by the blockbuster lines at US immigration and customs, which added another hour or two all in all. I arrived at my Airbnb place after midnight after walking because I missed the last bus.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

[OUEST] Budget and Itinerary

TUESDAY: 23 August 2016
Capital Coach Line (Santo Domingo - Port-au-Prince) - 40.00
AirBNB (2 Nights) - 55.00
Immigration (Haiti) - 35.00

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

[PORT-AU-PRINCE] Don't Go to Haiti

Okay, that made me sound like a total jerk. Let me rephrase that. Don’t go to Haiti if your mind is set for tourism. I think this would have been a really different experience if I decided to come and volunteer instead, because the country and its people seriously need all the help they can get. But if you are a persistent tourist, then prepare to deal with some third world BS coming your way. Wow, douche alert. Harsh, dude. I’m just being honest here, because there really isn’t much to see in Port-au-Prince.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

[SANTO DOMINGO] Budget and Itinerary

SATURDAY: 20 August 2016
JetBlue (San Juan - Santo Domingo) - 91.40
Tourist Card (Airport) - 10.00
AirBNB (3 Nights) - 67.50
Taxi (Airport - Zona Colonial) - 25.00

Monday, August 22, 2016

[DISTRITO NACIONAL] The Oldest in the New World

The Caribbean island of Hispaniola was colonized by the Spaniards in the 1490’s, back when Christopher Columbus was yachting around the world trying to find India and thinking the next island he landed on would probably be IT. Columbus, Columbus, Columbus. I already told you. NEVER TRUST WAZE. And so the Spanish crown established the first ever European settlement in the New World, Santo Domingo being the oldest European city in Latin America. Hooray? And then the French came to join the fun.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

[SAN JUAN] Budget and Itinerary

THURSDAY: 18 August 2016
Copa (Mexico City - Panama City - San Juan) - 256.31
AirBNB (2 Nights) - 45.00

Friday, August 19, 2016

[SAN JUAN] Viejo San Juan

The aftermath of Spain losing the Spanish-American war meant the acquisition of most of its remaining colonies by the United States which included the Philippines, Guam, and Puerto Rico, with Cuba becoming a protectorate. More than a century later, Cuba is now independent after being used as a pawn in the Cold War. The Philippines is now being "run like hell by Filipinos rather than heaven by the Americans." Congrats, Manuel Quezon, you got your wish. On the other hand, Guam and Puerto Rico are still US territories.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

[PANAMA] Budget and Itinerary

THURSDAY: 18 August 2016
Metro Card (Albrook) - 5.00
Taxi (Albrook - Casco Viejo) - 3.00
Caffe Italia (Carbonara + Coke) - 16.85
Duran Coffee (Vanilla Frappe) - 4.95
Auntie Anne's (Minichocobon + Water) - 8.25

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