CHAIR-FUL IN NEW YORKA few years back, I stood outside the prestigious New York Comedy Club thinking to myself, “This is it!” I had been looking forward to performing there for weeks, and had finally managed to get a small slot at their 5 pm open mic. I entered the room to notice a small audience of 12 people and wondered, “This is it?” Apparently, they weren’t the audience either; they were the other comedians from the line-up. This was a moment of revelation: The number of struggling comedians in New York is more than the number of plot holes in Batman Vs Superman. My first show in New York was really in front of empty chairs (and surprisingly, they didn’t laugh even once). It was a disappointing first-time experience but I did the clever thing of taking a photo on stage and posting it on social media, so people thought that I had an insane show. Later that week I did perform for an audience and had a great time, but stories about failure are always fun to tell.If you see him running around and shrieking backstage, don’t assume that he has ‘lost it’. That’s Sapan venting out his nervousness before the show.
This year February, i was in #LasAngles and got one day free for some sightseeing. I decided to go to Universal Studio. Being a non working day, It was a lot of crowd there. I started with the Simpson ride first and quite enjoy it. Then i was waiting in the queue for the tour bus of Universal Studio, where they take everyone to show around the sets of Hollywood and a lot more.There was one Korean girl standing next to me in the line and she requested if her friends can join in the line. I was ok with it so i said sure not a problem. She called her other Korean friend who joined her. After few minutes they asked if other friends join too, so i just smiled. I have been to Korea many times so i knew some basic Korean words. I just greeted them saying "anyohaseyo"(which means hello in Korean). They were more excited than surprised and then we started interacting throughout the ride. I came to know that two of them(Jeni and Kate) were settled in NYC since birth and visited other friend(Mini) who was settled in LA.As i was alone so they invited me to join them for the rest of the day. Mini was living in LA from a long time and had been to the theme park many times, so was the best local person who could help me :)
fell in love with this city
The nation’s capital, it’s packed with things to see and do year-round. Washington boasts monuments that are a must-see; cool neighborhoods with lots of shops, restaurants and cafes; and like New York, people from all over the world. It is also the nerve center of politics. Your embassy is highly likely somewhere in Washington. As a teenager, I spent summers in Washington, staying with an uncle and other relatives who live there. And as an adult, there always seemed a reason to return to Washington, either for work or for pleasure, sometimes both.
On Day 5, we embarked on our journey to Boston. During the journey, we saw magnificent views of the Erie Canal. On arriving in Boston, we visited the campuses of Harvard University and MIT, two of the ivy leagues universities of the world. We passed by Trinity Church, the Hancock Building, Boston Common and overlooking the golden dome of the Massachusetts State House. We checked in Quality Inn hotel.
Arrival in Miami BeachEarly flight to begin my vacation with a good visit of the city. Started on Ocean Dr. The wind was blowing so hard I can still feel the sand hitting my bare legs, I regretted not to have taken any winter clothes with me. I know right, winter clothes for Florida, what the hell ! But I swear it was that bad.Walked around Wynwood Walls neighborhood. Fun fact, I was looking for a specific wall, the one with the Heat team - does anyone know the one I’m talking about ? I looked online, asked my way to several people… FAILED. I never found it.
A trip I remember most as I did very different stuff..I browsed through Barnes & Nobles more than the shopping malls. I tried various eating spots. I ventured out to places I had never been before. Mostly photos do speak thousand words but the kinda relaxed pace and untouched , quiet places I went to can not be described. It was a wonderful trip since doing nothing or lots as long as that is what you wanna do.And I truly did that...
A quick dash to Tijuana on the Mexican border, San Diego is a nice city with nice weather and perhaps some of the nicest people in California. I’ve made several trips here and I always felt relaxed in the city. It doesn’t have that hustle and bustle that other U.S. cities have. Or at least I’ve never sensed it. Come enjoy its beaches, its restaurants and its chilled nightlife. One of the few places in the United States you can actually swim in the Pacific Ocean and not feel you will freeze to death.
Day 9: Moab, UT — A 3 hour smooth ride south-east from Salt Lake City will get you to a place which lies atop a salt bed, believe it or not, which was the result of a sea evaporating over which sandstone was deposited giving it’s famous rusty red color. The beautiful Arches National Park. I don’t know if it sounds strange but US-191 is actually built on Moab Fault. ON a tectonic fault! I don’t think I’ve ever seen something like that!
Fog had started to roll in over the coastal mountain range and it was late in the day but I felt determined to see the sun set over the Pacific Ocean. So packing my equipment in the car and lots of extra layers of clothing just in case…we set off on a winding road through eucalyptus and redwood trees that would eventually dump us out in Half Moon Bay. We settled on Redondo Beach and I was unprepared for the majesty that would await us. It was in a way – more like something out of Lord of the Rings and it seemed reminiscent of images I’ve seen from New Zealand more than California. The temperature dropped so quickly it nearly took my breath away and the wind took what was left as we climbed down the cliffs to the sandy beach. Black boulders exposed by the crashing waves in front of us and red formations of packed dirt behind us, we settled on a spot that was only slightly protected from the elements and prepared to marvel at the colors of nature.
Let’s not talk about New Orleans during Mardi Gras. Wow-wee! Suffice to say it’s an anything goes, alcohol-fueled, sexy party. The French Quarter is where it all happens. There’s great music here, including some of the best jazz you’ll ever hear. And the food is uniquely New Orleans. Gumbo, anyone? I love the architecture in the French Quarter. And the uninhibited nature of things. I think I’ve seen it all here. If The United States had an Amsterdam, New Orleans would be it. Or would that be San Francisco? :)
Exploring The beauty of Niagara
A drive around the down town makes it pretty obvious as to how Texas is different from New York and Chicago like cities.
Hot Air Balloon
I’ve been to Santa Fe, New Mexico on several occasions, each time I visit I find something new to explore. Santa Fe is a small community rich in history and culture, dating back some 400 years—its so distinctive that it has its own well-known style named for it…”Santa Fe Style.” The colors, textures, tastes and smells of Santa Fe are bright, vibrant and inviting. Santa Fe is a mecca for the creative, 100s of galleries, world-class museums, fantastic culinary scene—when you’re there, you can’t help but feel its overwhelming energy…it’s a feeling that envelop the soul. While visiting Santa Fe, I would recommend taking an open air tram ride…this will give you a good overview of the downtown area and will allow you to get a lay-of-the-land so that you don’t end up walking in circles. You’ll also be able to take notes of the spots you want to go back and further explore.
January is the time to finally visit that firang cousin living in "Amrika", but that is only if he lives in San Antonio (SA). This is one of the largest cities in the country and has something for everyone, whether he is a lover of hip-hop music, sport, art, liquor or adventure. The only downside is that SA could be a bit heavy on the pocket. The two most popular destinations of SA – the Alamo and the Riverwalk – are surprisingly right at the city's centre, making it easier for one to extract local flavour. Unlike other metropolitans, San Antonio greets you with a lingering pace for you to get into the mood of the place at ease.Famous for: San Antonio Spurs (basketball team) and music.Things to do: Visit the shrine of The Alamo. Witness an NBA match.Weather in January: Temperature fluctuates between 3 degrees and 16 degrees celsius, but it's always sunny during the day.Average budget per head for 5 days (excluding flights): Rs. 82,000
Ah, Portland. No, not Portland, Maine, but Portland, Oregon. This city is the most civil I’ve ever lived in in the United States, though some complain it has changed somewhat with the influx of the not-so-civil Californians :) Still, Portland is a well-run city, a mini version of Seattle. Portland is also neighborhoods with shops and cafes. Coffee fuels this town (as it does Seattle). And microbreweries. The city has a thriving nightlife, and a healthy rotation of monthly happenings. During the Rose Festival the city is even more alive. Have a stroll along Waterfront Park, or take a drive to Multnomah Falls for a nice hike. The city blends urban and nature well, with the largest urban forest in the United States, Forrest Park. I love Portland. I spent nearly 10 years living there and will always consider it my second hometown. On clear days, stare at Mount Hood. Everyone does.
We all know that Philly stays jiggy (as Will Smith says). Philly is a cool place for a weekend getaway from NY, especially if you're there for longer and you want to see the US outside of NY (because it's a completely different thing). Philly cheesesteak sandwiches are worth the trip by themselves. In between meals you might also want to go see the National Museum, Independence Hall and Liberty Bell.
This small fishing village is our first taste of Alaska and has a large concentration of black and brown bears fishing along Salmon Glacier/Fish Creek. Many on the Canadian side of the border like to argue that this is part of their land, but either way, it a beautiful inlet surrounded by glaciers, mountains and rivers. Make sure you get your passport stamped here; they’ve got some of the coolest stamps!
Day 1 : We arrived at Orlando Disney world on Monday. Our hotel was situated on boardwalk. Name - boardwalk inn, this is located along the lake and we got a lake facing room with beautiful view. Boardwalk has few bars, eateries and restaurants. We didn't plan much for that day so we just walked along the lake. They have made an artificial beach and its so peaceful. Watching sunset from there is one of my favorite memories of Disney world. Orange, purple, yellow, red all the mesmerizing colors playing artfully up in the sky.
Manitou Springs – FREEThis is a neat little town that is totally touristy. There are several restaurants and tons of shops, even a huge indoor/outdoor arcade along the main drag. There is an authentic Moroccan restaurant called Tajine Alami that is amazing. We have been to Morocco and I often crave the food and attempt to make it on my own, and it's not bad. But, we couldn't pass up this place. The inside is spectacular and is completely authenticly Moroccan. We felt like we were back in Morocco. The owner and chef are Moroccan and the food is divine. You may be leary to spend that much money on food you're not familiar with but I say go for it, you won't be disappointed. Even my two picky-eater boys devoured everything and even resorted to eating off our plates.