Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Travel Stories and Wants

Hello Sexy Mamas and Papas,

So I last asked you guys for any topics you would like me to consider.

Our first topic is from Karen M. who stated "I'd like to see you write about places you would like to travel to and what you'd like to do there. Have an awesome time in L.A and rock that Livestream!"

Quick funny story about Travel- I love travel!  So much that when I started having a little more room to spend money I decided to subscribe to a bunch of Travel magazines.  One I ordered showed a man on a gondola ride with a sexy man as the gondola "driver" (What is someone who steers, rows, drives a gondola?).  It seemed like a cool magazine!  Hot guys and Italy?  Cool!  I'll take it!   I remember getting the magazine which had been sent in an incognito package.  It was so strange to me!  Why would a travel magazine be so secretive?  I understand when people by things like sex toys, they may not want the whole world to know.  But surely, travel is not something we care about people knowing we enjoy?  In fact, I would argue we WANT people to know we enjoy travel as it seems to promote that "worldly knowledge."

Anyways, I opened up the package and saw the cover of the magazine.  Two men a little close together and very happy.  I thought, Wow, these guys look like gay lovers!  But thought nothing more of it.  I opened up the magazine.  The advertisements seemed a little different than normal.  Two men in speedos lounging by the pool giggling to each other with washboard abs and perfect bodies?  Well, okay... Where are the girls with revealing bikini tops that I normally would see here?  The advertisements continued and seemed to show the most beautiful of men who seemed more into each other than the actual travel destination they were promoting.  I finally got to the Editor's Note.  BOOM.  He was talking about being a gay male and how much the magazine has meant to him.  Face-Palm moment.  There had been so many signs that this was a magazine devoted to gay men.  I laughed it off and then read the magazine and continue to read it.  The travel information is great and interesting.  I just do not know if I have much need for all the information about gay night-clubs and hotel packages.  Perhaps in another life should I ever become a gay male.

Anyways, traveling is something I love to do!  I have mainly only stayed to the 'mainland' (Canada and USA) and only ventured to Hawaii once.  I've never really had the money to go farther.  Growing up my family went on a considerable amount of vacations around the country and this is where my love really started.  I loved the feeling of a new place!  It seemed like people could be so different other places yet ultimately the same.  Not to mention scenery in new places.  You become so used to seeing where you live that everything becomes so refreshing. 
I remember going in the ocean for the first time.  I was 16 and hung-over in a wet-suit gripping a longboard.  I had gone to Northern California with my best friend to stay with her older sister for a while.  I can still feel how excited I was.  Despite the freezing water, the horrible feel of hard nipples rubbing against my wetsuit and the surfboard, everything seemed so beautiful and perfect!  The word that comes to mind whenever I am at the ocean would be ALIVE.  Alive is something we all are yet sometimes do not always truly feel.  Also, a sea lion stalked me the whole time I was there.  He popped his head of the water to watch me continue to fail surfing.  The waves were too choppy to even fall too badly so surfing was very much out of the question.  He must have been my first troll.  I can almost hear him laughing.  Man, what a dick.

My next experience was when I was 18 and in San Diego visiting a good friend who was moving there.  This time I walked to the beach almost every day for 2 weeks.  My friend Sara and I went body boarding as much as we could.  I was much better at this than surfing.  It gave me the feeling of being Superman on the water.  The feeling of flying without actually spreading my wings.  This is where I learned how to "eat it."  When you fall in a decent size wave, you no longer know where or what you are doing.  You feel like a propeller on a plane must feel.  Just spinning and spinning and sometimes you hit the bottom of the ocean.  Having your ass drag along the ocean bottom is a feeling so awkward.  It is not painful because of how much your adrenaline is pumping.  Learning to eat it came in handy once I went to Hawaii and experienced the waves on the North Shore.  As a 22 year old you would have thought I would have more common sense than to attempt as a novice to body board on a 10 foot shore break wave.  I didn't.  I got eaten (is that a word?  Sometimes I feel the internet has made me make up words) alive by that wave and since it was shore break.  My body rubbed all over the sand.  When I finally thought I had escaped that wave, I got engulfed by another one.  Rinse and Repeat 4 times.  That was quite a beating!

Water is and will continue to be my favorite part of traveling.  River, Lakes, and Oceans are something that makes me feel so good.  In literature, bodies of water always represent the "rebirth" or the cleansing of the soul.  Maybe this is why bodies of water have made me feel so good whenever I am near them.  They cleanse me and make me feel alive again.  There is almost so much repetitive motions of life before it drains on you.   School, work, repeat.  Every day.  It gets pretty old after a while and always makes me feel trapped.  When I travel I break free from it.  Lately, I feel pretty lucky.  This YouTube gig has caused me to travel a lot more and to have the freedom of travel without worrying about work.  I can take it with me.  Though my views tend to suffer on the road, the experiences are well worth making less money for the month.  As I write this I am in a hotel room in West Hollywood.  This trip was actually mainly for work and not much "travel activities" were had.  Yet, you would be surprised at how much fun it can be to talk Youtube or life with other people you so rarely see over beers and even the waitress spilling a drink all over me could not have dampened my day!  I always look forward to seeing my fellow YouTubers.  We just like to nerd out together.  It is pretty cute, really.

You know the worst part about this long blog entry?  I still haven't answered the actual question.  So where would I like to travel and what would I like to do there?  What I REALLY REALLY WANT VERY BADLY is to travel to Europe.  I have yet to be there.  I want to experience the various European cultures.  One of my favorite parts about French class was learning about the culture.  I'd like to experience what people are like in the different cultures, how they act during everyday life, what they eat, etc.  I just want to get in the life of a regular and really experience the place.

Alright, it is 3:19 AM which means it is 5:19 in Chicago.  I have to wake up in a few hours to catch a plane back home.  Then when I get home, I have to wake up early to get to a closing for a house.  Then days and days of furniture shopping and moving.  Not to mention dealing with the landlord of the current place.  Here comes my headache!  I better stop thinking about all the stuff I have to do or I might go insane inside my own head and not fall asleep at all tonight.  Gross.

If you made it this far, like and favorite.  Just kidding.  I do not think that is even possible here.




  1. I'll be awaiting your arrival in Nova Scotia some day, Kell! :)

  2. The weird thing is.... I could totally "hear" your voice as I read that. The Sea Lion stalking you was quite comical! Good Luck with the new house! Make sure you Vlog your furniture shopping! ( I have to furniture shop vicariously through you ) Don't sweat the landlord! There's a reason they are called landlords. I am glad you had a GREAT time in Cali! Have a SAFE trip home!

  3. Hey Kelly,
    Just want to let you know that this made my night. I got in a fight with mum and was pretty down but then I read this and I'm happy now :) You are an amazing writer and should really pursue it by doing things like this blog.
    BTW come to Australia! You'll love it here, the weather, beaches, animals...
    Oh and we call 'eating it' getting dumped here. It's weird to hear you talk about body boarding and water like that, because growing up with it here in Aus you don't really think about it and are just used to the feelings and sensations.
    Thanks for making me end the day in a good way Kell!

  4. Kelly do you think you can do my topic about your home life? (: Your material is so good you should make a professional blog. (:

  5. I hate reading, but I really enjoyed reading this. You write very well! I was hearing your voice while I was reading through the whole thing. You are a genuine writer, I can sort of feel as if you were doing a 'vlog' just by reading this. A lot of people sound fake when they write but you don't!

  6. When you've saved up enough money to take a larger-scale trip (like a trip overseas), Germany and France are two countries i'd recommend to at least make a stop in.An incredible amount of culture and heritage, and it's awesome. Not a very hot, relaxing vacation, but more of a histrical, cultural experience. Just an idea, hope the move goes smoothly.

  7. Im really lucky i think because i get to see africa in its real light. Its not that bad really well... morroco isnt. I also go to france (coz im half french) and its a completly different atmoshpere. And i live in London which again is totally differeny to the counties i go too.

  8. Im really lucky i think because i get to see africa in its real light. Its not that bad really well... morroco isnt. I also go to france (coz im half french) and its a completly different atmoshpere. And i live in London which again is totally differeny to the counties i go too.

  9. Im really lucky i think because i get to see africa in its real light. Its not that bad really well... morroco isnt. I also go to france (coz im half french) and its a completly different atmoshpere. And i live in London which again is totally differeny to the counties i go too.

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  11. Gah. You and my friends make me think I should start a blog. When I read it, it looks fun. But though I like to write, I don't know what to talk about. Ah the terrors of 3rd world problems.

    Anyway, let's become best friends and travel to France. Sound good? I've totally got a few thousand dollars ready to go.

    You're awesome. Bye!

  12. I'm fortunate enough to live on the east coast of Florida, so I visit the beach frequently. My grandparents live in Elk Horn, Wisconsin so I get to go there and swim in the lake during the summer! Being in the water is so soothing, all my worries disappear. I haven't traveled anywhere else (besides the car ride to Chicago from Elk Horn to see my cousins) and I'd love to be able to see Hawaii. Following your trip there made me dream about going someday! My dream vacation is to go to China to see the temples, maybe one day when I'm financially sound I'll be able to go. Until then, ramen noodles and book reports at home.

  13. Thanks for answering Kelly :)
    Literally lol'd at you getting trolled by a Sea Lion. I'm with you about loving the water. I would live for the sunny 'day' that would occur in Ireland when I would be over visiting my grandparents from the UK so we could head down to the beach and pretend we were amphibious for the day :) I hope you are able to travel to Europe and experience all you have mentioned, it's a great place and if the weather ever depresses you a sunshine country is only ever a 2hr flight away!