Memoirs: From Barley to Grapes – Portland to Boston 48 Hours

As usual on my west to east coast red eye flights, I found myself entwined in a feuding battle of gin rummy with the passenger sitting in the middle seat and seeped in multiple mixed cocktails with no sign of sleep in sight. It was a 4.5 hour flight from Portland to Boston and as I always say “Go big or go home!”. As the sun slowly bled its way from under the fresh new grey window shade of the Airbus A320, I could feel the excitement build. For I had never been to Boston. I have visited NYC many times but never had a real reason to alter course slightly north.

Only 48 hours ago I had been sitting at a bar in Portland awaiting a friend whom was running late. I had decided to order a Rum and Coke. As my brief conversation with the patron to my left ended, I turned back to center position to focus back on my refreshing cocktail. There sitting now to my right, was a beautiful tall woman with long brown hair in a slinky black dress that was in her late 20’s. Her bright red lipstick and fair skin, and how her hair shifted in slow motion as she leaned forward to order her drink. It felt as though I was transported back to the 1950’s. She was mesmerizing and not in a cliché way. She had a classy way about her that I had rarely ever come across in my travels. She then turned to me with a bubbly look and said “Hi, my name is Beverly.” At that moment I thought and actually looked around the bar and then back at her and replied “Am I in the 50’s?”. I was enthralled. Her name and look were not from our time. She laughed and said “no”. She then laughed at my explanation for my comment and we talked for a while until our friends showed up. Slightly nervous as we had just met , I attempted to get her number and before I could complete the request aloud, she handed me a napkin and said” Call me, if you want to visit Boston. I am a great tour guide.”  And so I did.

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Travel Tech Gear

So traveling the globe, I find that the right tech gear can be such a blessing at times. The mobile phone dies, your out of space on your memory card or you want to share pics with friends easily and without taking too much time from your day of sightseeing.

Here are some cool tech gadgets that I use and use frequently.

sandisk usb

Sandisk USB 3.0 stick

The Sandisk USB/microUSB stick can plug into your mobile phone via the microUSB port (if you own an android or windows phone). For those iPhone users, you will need to use an adapter. This comes in a multiple sizes – 16GB, 32GB, 64Gb, 128GB. I purchased the 32GB for 9Euros here in Spain. It is fast to transfer from your phone and then just plug it into your laptop and copy away. This saves time if you have no wifi for cloud transfers. You can also copy pics to the stick and then plug into another phone and copy them over. Phone must be USB OTG compliant.


Solar Charger USB

This solar charger is awesome! Take it to the beach, park or just walking the city. I use mine at the beach to charge my bluetooth speaker or my phone. I also have a power bank I use if I am not taking a bag with me which is rare. The charge time for my phone on 25% battery is 1 hour. This may be a little large for short trips when you don’t take a bag with you. It also clips on the the back of your bag so you can charge while walking if you have good sun. 

A few points or differences why I use this over a power bank: This charger uses no battery thus never needing to be recharged itself. Power banks will eventually die because of the battery inside. This charger is water and dirt proof. And lastly, there is no negative effect on the environment.

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