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Tunes Tuesday: Baltimore

I had trouble finding lyrics about Baltimore that do not mention prostitutes, so I thought I would share this sweet video instead of lyrics this week. In case you didn’t hear, Baltmore won the Super Bowl!! Caw caw!!

What do you think? Do you have a favorite song about your hometown? What about a song about your favorite place?

I would love to hear your thoughts. Thank you for reading!

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Tunes Tuesday: Holiday Inspiration and A Baltimore Greeting

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Greetings and Happy Holidays from Baltimore! For this Tunes Tuesday, I am highlighting one inspirational holiday song, and one song to give a giggle. I hope you and yours have a relaxing holiday season, filled with laughter and love.

My Grownup Christmas List
David Foster

Do you remember me
I sat upon your knee
I wrote to you
With childhood fantasies

Well, I’m all grown up now
And still need help somehow
I’m not a child
But my heart still can dream

So here’s my lifelong wish
My grown up christmas list
Not for myself
But for a world in need

No more lives torn apart
That wars would never start
and wars would never start
And time would heal all hearts
And everyone would have a friend
And right would always win
And love would never end
This  is my grown up christmas list

As children we believed
The grandest sight to see
Was something lovely
Wrapped beneath our tree

Well heaven only knows
That packages and bows
Can never heal
A hurting human soul

No more lives torn apart
That wars would never start
And time would heal all hearts
And everyone would have a friend
And right would always win
And love would never end
This is my grown up christmas
list

What is this illusion called the innocence of youth
Maybe only in our blind belief can we ever find the truth
(there’d be)

No more lives torn apart
That wars would never start
And time would heal all
hearts
And everyone would have a friend
And right would always win
And love would never end, oh
This is my grown up christmas list

This is my grown up christmas list

And for a little Baltimore hospitality and charm, I Want Crabs for Christmas. I couldn’t find the lyrics to this one or it would have gotten top billing here, no questions asked. I hope you’ll take a minute to check it out.


And Merry Christmas!!

What do you think? Is there a local favorite Christmas song in your town? What is it? What is your favorite Christmas song that won’t get out of your head this time of year?

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36 Hours in Baltimore, Hon!

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Water Taxi in Fells Point

When the New York Times does a 36 hour story on Baltimore, I feel that I have to add my two cents. I am a Baltimore girl, from head to toe. While I have lived all over the country, I still feel like a Charles Villager, who is happiest eating steamed crabs and going to Orioles baseball games.

It’s fun to see an article in the New York Times about your hometown – it kind of shows what your city looks like from the outside.

I love Baltimore’s quirkiness and flair. Baltimore is sassy!

I remember the first time I realized that Baltimore was maturing in front of my very eyes. I had gone to the then newly-developed Power Plant area, and found an ESPN Zone, a Hard Rock Café, and a wide range of other stores and restaurants in a previously run-down part of town.

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Revitalized Power Plant Neighborhood

I got tears in my eyes, feeling pride in my hometown. Maybe this is what my family felt like when the Inner Harbor opened in the early 80‘s.

I remember, as will all of my schoolmates, the excitement in the air when the Inner Harbor opened and we stood in line for hours just for a taste of Thrasher’s French fries!

I also remember visiting Baltimore after I moved away from home after college. It was the first time I can remember seeing people in bars in Fells Point who had not grown up in Baltimore. I realized that some people actually moved to Baltimore, instead of away from Baltimore, when they grew up. This was an illuminating moment for me.

For anyone who has not visited Baltimore, I encourage you to give it a try. People frequently tell me that they have driven through Baltimore on their way to Washington, DC. That is a shame. DC is well-worth a visit, but anyone who does not take time to stop in Baltimore to get a taste of its gritty character is missing out on something special.

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The best part of Baltimore – aside from my family, of course!

While you’re there, make sure to eat steamed crabs full of old bay and wash them down with a Natty Boh beer, catch an O’s game, take the water taxi to Fells Point for a drink and some mussels at Bertha’s Mussels, and check out the national aquarium. I am sure my friends and family could add quite a few other things not to be missed.

What do you think? If you were to describe your city or hometown to visitors, how would you describe it? What are some must-do activities in your community? Have you been to Baltimore? What is your impression of the city? What city or town do you identify most closely with?

I would love to hear your thoughts. Thank you for reading!

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Photos Galore! Travel Photo of the Year Contest, Travel Theme – Silhouette, Weekly Photo Challenge – Urban

I love the juxtaposition of the photo challenges this week, at least in my photos.

Where’s My Backpack’s Travel Theme this week is Silhouette. You should really go check out her spectacular photos. She has definitely inspired me to take more photos of silhouettes. My silhouette photos are mostly found in nature, but after looking at Ailsa’s photos, I may need to change that.

Here are some of my favorite silhouette photos:

Patagonia, Argentina
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Patagonia, Argentina
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The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge this week is Urban. Most of my photos are of nature, but I was able to unearth a few urban ones, a few of which which I am sharing here:

Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Baltimore, MD
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Baltimore, MD
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Please don’t forget to vote in the Bucket List Publications Travel Photo of the Year Contest! There are 18 finalists and I have some stiff competition. I would love your help!

Perito Moreno Glacier – Patagonia, Argentina
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You can vote every day for the next few days. All you have to do is go to see all the finalists and click on this picture and click “like” or share to mark it as your favorite! You can send it to friends and family to encourage them to vote though Facebook, Twitter, e-mail and lots of other ways. It would mean a lot to get your vote!

I would love to hear your thoughts. Thank you for reading!

Other Interpretations of the Theme Silhouette:

Travel Theme: Silhouette | Wind Against Current

Travel Theme: Silhouette | Lucid Gypsy

Travel Theme; Silhouette « So where’s the snow?

Travel Theme: Silhouette « East of Málaga

Travel Theme: Silhouette | rfljenksy – Practicing Simplicity

Travel Theme: Silhouette | Autumn in Bruges

Ailsa’s Travel Theme: Silhouette | Stephen Kelly Creative

Travel theme: Silhouette | tahira’s

Travel Theme: Silhouettes | Spiritual World Traveler

Travel Theme: Silhouette | mothergrogan

Travel theme: Silhouette | thirdeyemom

travel theme: silhouette | catbird in america

Waiting « primo piano

Travel challenge: Silhouette – dawn in the mist | Have you ever…

Travel theme: Silhouette « Healthcare Updates

Travel Theme: Silhouette | The Retiring Sort

Silhouette in Piazza San Marco | Beyond the Brush

Travel theme ‘Silhouette’ | Campanulla Della Anna

Travel Theme: Silhouette « A year in the Life

Travel Theme: Silhouette « Hunters Holidaying

Urban Silhouettes « Ink.

 

Other Interpretations of the Urban Theme:

 

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Weekly Travel Photo Theme: Signs

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Remote border crossing between Argentina and Chile – Patagonia, Argentina

Signs, signs, everywhere a sign! I have to combine my weekly photo challenge with some Tunes Tuesday worthy lyrics this week. Ailsa at Where’s My Backpack has issued a weekly travel challenge about signs.

I love taking pictures of signs to capture where I have been, so it was hard to choose which photos to include, but here are some of my favorites, followed by the lyrics of a great oldie but goodie song.

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Chalten, Argentina – Trekking Capital of the World

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A famous road stop on the way to Chalten – Patagonia, Argentina

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Rockies Game – Denver, CO

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Pearl Street Mall – Boulder, CO

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Boulder, CO

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Small Village Outside Granada, Nicaragua

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Fells Point – Baltimore, MD

And now, for the Tunes Tuesday worthy lyrics:

Signs
Five Man Electical Band

And the sign said “Long-haired freaky people need not apply” So I tucked my hair up under my hat and I went in to ask him why He said “You look like a fine upstanding young man, I think you’ll do” So I took off my hat, I said “Imagine that. Huh! Me workin’ for you!” Whoa-oh-oh

Sign, sign, everywhere a sign Blockin’ out the scenery, breakin’ my mind Do this, don’t do that, can’t you read the sign?

And the sign said anybody caught trespassin’ would be shot on sight So I jumped on the fence and-a yelled at the house, “Hey! What gives you the right?” “To put up a fence to keep me out or to keep mother nature in” “If God was here he’d tell you to your face, Man, you’re some kinda sinner”

Sign, sign, everywhere a sign Blockin’ out the scenery, breakin’ my mind Do this, don’t do that, can’t you read the sign?

Now, hey you, mister, can’t you read? You’ve got to have a shirt and tie to get a seat You can’t even watch, no you can’t eat You ain’t supposed to be here The sign said you got to have a membership card to get inside Ugh!

And the sign said, “Everybody welcome. Come in, kneel down and pray” But when they passed around the plate at the end of it all, I didn’t have a penny to pay So I got me a pen and a paper and I made up my own little sign I said, “Thank you, Lord, for thinkin’ ’bout me. I’m alive and doin’ fine.” Wooo!

Sign, sign, everywhere a sign Blockin’ out the scenery, breakin’ my mind Do this, don’t do that, can’t you read the sign?

Sign, sign, everywhere a sign Sign Sign, sign

What do you think? Do you have any funny travel stories about signs? Have you ever been grateful to see a sign?

I hope you will share your thoughts! Thank you for reading!

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Travel Theme: Food

Where’s My Backpack’s Travel Theme this week is – one of my favorite things – food! So, without further delay, here are some of my favorite food photos:

 

Home, sweet home

With my Dad
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Patagonia, Argentina
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Handmade Pasta: Buenos Aires, Argentina
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An unbelievable, but typical dispay of meats in Buenos Aires
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El Cuartito Pizza, Buenos Aires aka the best pizza in the world!
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Remote Village in Nicaragua

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Local Bakers in remote Nicaraguan Village
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Panda Appreciation Week: This One Goes Out to My Mother, The World’s Biggest Panda Lover

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Did you know that it is Panda Appreciation Week? I just found out and had to share!

My family has a very special place in our hearts for Panda Bears. My mother loves Panda Bears – they are by far her favorite animal.

Growing up in Baltimore, we frequently drove to the National Zoo in Washington, DC to visit these beautiful creatures. My sister and I felt that Ling-Ling and Hsing-Hsing were personal friends.

When I read the news that Hsing-Hsing passed away in 1999, I couldn’t help shedding a few tears. When I mentioned this to my sister, she simply said “Those panda bears were a big part of our childhood.”

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We moved into an old Baltimore row house that was skinny and long, like all Baltimore row houses, when I was about 6 years old. The house had a lot of character, not that I understood that at that age.

There was one room in the house that had panda bear wallpaper and that magical room was going to be my bedroom! I distinctly remember the first night in the house, and for many nights to come, falling asleep counting the pandas on the wall.

Pandas were a big part of our childhood.

For many years, Christmases with my family involved spending time with our grandparents. Grandparents, I am fortunate to be able to say, were a big part of our adulthood.

But in 2007, our last remaining grandparents passed away and my mother decided that we should start a tradition of taking a special outing when my sister and I were home for the holidays.

Of course, the first trip we took was to Washington, DC to visit the next generation of Panda Bears.

In honor of Panda Appreciation Week, I wanted to share a few photos from that visit, as well as some media coverage of this important celebration.

VIDEO: Panda Cubs Playing on a Slide in China

A Day in the Life of a Baby Panda

What do you think? Do you have any special family memories and traditions like these that you would like to share? Have you ever seen a Panda Bear? What did you notice was different about these bears?

I would love to hear your thoughts. Thank you for reading.

A few more photos

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