By brookums71

Kenya, Africa March 2018

  Kenya, Africa Nairobi/Aberdare National Park March 2018 Day 1 Jambo and rambunctious Swahili salutations from the foreign continent of Africa- where A Girl, Her Hubs and a Suitcase are residing for the next 6 days.  A rather spirited and slightly psychotic traveling mania overtook this pair and after much preparation, violated by Typhoid and Hepatitis A inoculations, malaria antidotes ingested and armed with mass quantities of mosquito repellant-the time had finally come to scratch this big water buffalo off the list. This ambitious trip could not be coordinated on our own efforts. This type of expedition takes experts- real…

Copenhagen/Hamburg September 2017 Trip Report

Copenhagen, Denmark September 2017 A Girl, Her Hubs and a Suitcase This travel blog has provided me with a much needed outlet and means for creativity since its inception many trips ago. But, in full transparency, my life has drastically changed for the better-due to a 140+ pound weight loss over the past year.  Much of the foundation of this blog is generated and inspired from food, the fine, tasty, exotic delicacies of a new world, being a plus size gal in a European world and the numerous obstacles that often arise -good, bad and ugly -all too often- with…

Nashville July 2017

Day 1 of 3  As the late great Minnie Pearl once so eloquently said- How-dee and greetings from the rolling hills of Tennessee. Chances are if you didn’t grow up knowing Mr. Roper, that pesky short fella yelling “the plane, the plane” or memorized the lyrics to Laverne & Shirley, then you will not know the fancy jargon from Hee- Haw or the famous catch phrase. But, let’s move on. There is always Google and you can catch up… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zjX1LpSow_g https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DlnOcZK892E https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJzF8_df1R8  It’s been a while and for good reason. A Girl, Her Hubs and a Suitcase abandoned the usual…

Tubing On Rainbow River June 2017

Torture vs. Treat Every square inch of my body is screaming holy sunburn. My muscles feel like I ran a marathon. I’m emotionally depleted & exhausted. So, here’s the deal… let this be a cautionary tale. Tubing down a lovely Florida river. Our place of choice- http://www.therainbowriver.com/tubing.html. Thousands of people do it all summer. I have never. I was obsessed with doing this. Well apparently here are some helpful tips to offer. First, when getting on the tram that drops you off into the river- listen to the goofy guy on the speaker, explicitly telling you that the stopping point is the tiki…

Los Angeles, California Trip Report 2016

Los Angeles, California Trip Report November 2016 Greetings from the sunny Golden state of California. A Girl, Her Hubs and a Suitcase are keeping it local in the USA for this short weekend excursion.  Los Angeles, our home base for this quick getaway has been on the wish list for a long time. Exceptional airfare and an impromptu decision was all that was needed for this traveling team. An uneventful, ungodly early flight landed us in this luminous land of sea and mountain.  Residing from Florida, this duo understands the power of the sun. However, the intensity and powerful rays…

Norway Trip Report September 2016

Norway 2016 Day 1, 2 & 3 It’s that time of year again, where A Girl, Her hubs and a suitcase go exploring the world.  This year we channeled our inner Viking to embark on the Nordic wonders of the world.  First stop Oslo.  But, first-just a brief word on the travel logistics.  We started the journey in Tampa, Florida. A rather uneventful and quite pleasant half-filled plane took us directly to Frankfurt, Germany.  With a Dr. prescribed “happy pill” on board, this girl alongside her hubs slept almost the entire flight.  Flight anxiety usually percolating like a hot cup…

Cleveland July 2016

Cleveland in 36 hours—Can it be done? YES! Well, here is my small but mighty account of my 36 hours in Cleveland.  You may be scratching your chin and wondering “why- my dear friend-why Cleveland?”  Well, to tell you why I must transcend you back in time approximately 2 weeks ago.  The idea was conceived over a tasty batch of salty chips and salsa accompanied by two for one bloody Mary’s at Chili’s happy hour.  Sitting at the bar with the Hubs and glancing over at highlights of a Cleveland Cavaliers basketball game-the plan was formulated.  By the time the…

Istanbul Turkey Trip Report March 2016

Istanbul, Turkey March 2016 Trip Report Day 1 Greetings from the mighty land of Istanbul, former home of the Ottoman and Roman Empires- a unique city on the Bosphorus Sea that straddles two continents-Europe and Asia. The planning and preparations that took place prior to embarking on this journey were exhausting and concerning.-canceled flights, worried friends, fluky, downright strange and cryptic events that have no place in this blog. However, it is noteworthy as it simmered behind the scenes like a witch’s bubbling vat. Nonetheless, minor irritations at best–because here we are in our surreal and exotic world, with all…

Trip Report 10 days in Hong Kong November 2015

WARNING: This is a 10 day trip report. It is chuck full of goodies but is meant to be read in increments or you will be exhausted. Enjoy! Hong Kong Trip Report November 2015 Day 1 Greetings from Hong Kong This is a destination that has been on the bucket list for a long time, but for whatever reason always seemed unobtainable. This year due to our sad,sad dollar in Europe and cruddy exchange rate as well as stellar airfare for HK this endeavor was brought to reality.  I don’t have much to report tonight, but a little rundown is…

The Seeman’s Wedding Extravaganza

Wedding Blog Waiting for my niece to get married entailed a countdown, much buildup, and the false hopes and crushed dreams of a potential flower girl possibility. I was a close contender but alas, plus size gals born 4 decades ago do not fit the bill for a summer wedding these days. Once the despair and rejection dissipated, the excitement of the upcoming nuptials settled in. The date was set. June 7, 2015. A plan was formulated and Auntie B and Uncle F would be representing the Southwest corridor of Florida. A couple of bucket lists items were added on…