Trip Diary: San Francisco

At the end of June, I was in San Francisco for the ALA Annual conference. Most of the time I look forward to, or at least don’t mind, traveling for work. But this time, I wasn’t into it. It was a busier than usual conference for me – we had official events at the end of every day. I really didn’t get to see much of San Francisco aside from the immediate area around the Moscone Center. Rather than do a full writeup in my usual style, I think I’ll just hit the high points.

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Trip Diary: Austin

This spring and summer has been a good stretch for conference travel – in mid-May, Medical Libraries took me back to Austin, TX, which I last visited for a wedding. Luckily for me, those same friends still live there, so I was able to spend lots of time with them, and a college friend of theirs who is in town for part of the summer. Continue reading

Trip Diary: Portland Beer

The problem with not writing this stuff up right away is that the resulting posts get shorter with the passage of time. (I suppose that for some of you this is not necessarily a downside.) In any case, here’s a look at the breweries I visited in Portland in March.

This is by no means a comprehensive list of all the breweries you can visit in Portland, OR. For the most part, it’s just the breweries that were in walking distance of my hotel, as that was the easiest way to avoid getting overwhelmed with options. I’m not going to list all the beers I had while I was out there – if you’re that curious, scroll back in my untappd history to March 24 – 30.  Continue reading

Trip Diary: Portland

I was lucky enough to get to go to Portland, Oregon for the ACRL conference this spring, a city I’d long wanted to visit. I didn’t wind up extending my trip but a whole lot, but I did have about two full days that were free of work obligations. And Portland is such a compact city that it wound up being really easy to pack in a lot of sightseeing. I would gladly go back again, though I think I would want to make sure I spent some time in Mt. Hood National Forest and the Columbia Gorge.

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Trip Diary: New Orleans, Part 2

Without further ado, a giant list of places we ate and drank in New Orleans! And some of the things I/we ate and drank!

A lot of these places are not in the French Quarter, but if you like to walk on vacation (or if you grab a cab, or course) you will be able to get to many of them without too much trouble. Several are nearby one another in Marigny, and others are on or very near to Frenchman Street. Continue reading

Trip Diary: New Orleans, Part 1

Handsome and I recently took a vacation to New Orleans, and had a great time. The weather was beautiful (high 70s or low 80s, sunny and very comfortable), things weren’t to crowded, and places had already started to decorate for Halloween, which was fun to see. In this post I’ll talk a little bit about where we stayed and what we did. I’ll round up the food and drink in another post.

Frenchman Art Market
Frenchman Street Art Market

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Trip Diary: Ocean City, MD

I’ve been to Ocean City, MD several times for a conference that takes place in the off season, but I recently went for a friend’s bachelorette party. We went up on Friday and came back on Sunday (driving “up and around” so as to avoid the Bay Bridge – definitely helped on Friday, but it didn’t save much, if any, time on Sunday.) While there, we hung out at the beach, went to a few places that were new to me, and to my favorite spot.

Darra's Bachelorette Weekend

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Trip Diary: Las Vegas

Why the American Library Association saw fit to drag 13,000 librarians to Las Vegas in June is beyond me, but that’s where we were for this year’s conference. It had been 30 years since the last time ALA rotated through Vegas, and I heard many people say they hoped it was at least 30 more.

Conferences are draining enough, and being in Vegas made this easily 3x worse. The heat and dryness kept everyone dehydrated (I saw a fellow conference-goer collapse inside the convention center on day one). This conference is large enough that it’s normally spread out across several hotels, and that was the case with Vegas. I don’t think getting to the hotels took that much more time than it usually would, the problem was mostly with finding the room you were looking for once you made it inside these hotels, which all have casinos and are all designed to keep you on the casino floor. Signage is either incomplete, cleverly blended into the surroundings, or just plan nonexistent. I got lost in Caesars Palace, where I stayed, three or four times in the first day and a half I was there.  Continue reading