This is my third day in Bali, and I'm not sure I want to ever leave. It's 85 degrees, there's a pool in our private villa, and they bring us breakfast with fresh watermelon juice every morning. I could get used to this!
This is my first trip to Asia, and my first trip that's taken me below the equator. Not gonna lie, I'm more than a little excited that the water goes the opposite way down the drain. Does not take much to amuse me. I've taken some great pics and videos that I will post once I get back to the states. Internet connection here is not quite conducive to uploading large files. Early next week, however, I'll post some new stuff.
Here I am in Napa. It's my first trip out here, and I'm already enthralled. I can see why so many people love this area. The mountains surround the valley, the tips covered in fog and vineyards are scattered across the valley floor. Even now, in the off-season, it's beautiful.
We're staying at the Silverado Resort, a collection of privately owned properties each with a unique feel. The main resort is called the Mansion, and is rather striking.
Today we did a couple of wine tours. Peju- a lovely little winery with an excellent selection. I have to say I did not try a single wine here I didn't like. Then on to Merryvale, with beautiful cask-lined rooms and event space. The brandy-infused dessert wine here was delish.
I have to say the GPS would be great for marking your wine trail, since you tend to forget after a few glasses ;). You can take a look at just a few of the pics below and see where they were taken here: Napa Album
Unfortunately it was a bit of a crazy week, and I didn't get a chance to take a single picture. This marks the beginning of my travel season, and I'm looking forward to running around for a while. Next week I'm in Napa for a Sales Kickoff, then off to Indonesia for vacation (woohoo!). Back to New York for a week, and then to London to host a conference. I figure by the time I get back in February I won't know what time zone, country, or part of the world I'm in, but it should be fun!
Indonesia will be the first time I've traveled below the equator. I've been to Panama before, but that's the closest I've gotten. Everything I read about Bali is amazing- the surfing, hiking, people, flora and fauna... can't wait. So far the itinerary is wide open, so if anyone has ever been to Bali please suggest your favorites.
I do know I want to go to Tanah Lot- take a look at how amazing this place is:
The only good part about having a birthday during the middle of the week is it gives you a good excuse to celebrate for a solid 7 days. I was so fortunate this year, and my friends have been aiding me in celebrating for days. Thanks guys!
My favorite bars are the total NY dives. For example, Welcome to the Johnson's boasts the plastic- covered couches, old green fridge, family portraits and wood paneling on the walls, and $2 PBR. The clear winner in NY Dive Bars is Rudy's, however. With a duct tape covered seating, free hot dogs and popcorn, and a juke box that will never play the songs you paid for, it offers up $7 pitchers to the most eclectic gatherings I have seen here. Danny and JB and I went out on Friday and were thoroughly entertained by the making out couples, the regulars, and the otherwise sketchy patrons of this lovely establishment.
Saturday I met up with Janine and Tara and we went to our favorite cheap Indian restaurant, Panna II. Seriously, every time we go here we are amazed at how a) good and b) inexpensive it is. We then spent forever trying to find a decent bar. They were too crowded, smelled of something nasty, scarily empty... we just wanted a decent bar!
Sunday I had brunch with Vanessa at my favorite spot by the house- Nonna. We agree that when you come back from being in Arkansas, sometimes you have to be as New York as possible, so we had bagels with lox and cream cheese. Yummm. That night was the premier of the greatest show ever... American Gladiators! I used to dork out over this in high school, and am thrilled that it's back on the air. Mar and I watched the end of the Titans game and the two hour premier and had her delish spaghetti bolognese.
Happy New Year! We took a trip up to Vermont and stayed in a cabin with about 20 other people just 10 minutes away from Stratton Mountain for a little New Year's vacation and party. It was my first time skiing, and I had absolutely no idea what I was doing. Did about 3 runs on the bunny slope, then took the gondola all the way to the top of the mountain and slowly worked our way back down. It was icy at the top and a little scary, not gonna lie, but I loved it! I turned on the GPS at the bottom and clipped it to the bag on the way down. You can see our path below, click on the link to see the pics or zoom in as my computer won't let me upload the interactive features: http://www.everytrail.com/view_trip.php?trip_id=9129
The next day we got 8 inches of snow, and today as we were leaving it was snowing about 1.5 inches an hour. It was so pretty, but not so good for the drive home. We shoveled snow for five hours on the 30th, you can see it was about 3 feet deep on the porch. You can see the part to the left that's remaining in this pic. Needless to say, I'm a bit sore today.