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Travel Lust Thursday

So lately, I have been STRUGGLING at work, it has been so busy I can’t even think straight. I go home and play Clash of Clans and go to sleep (no I am not proud, just stating the sad commentary of my life currently)

So when, I need a mental break (which I admit is often), I pick a destination I am going to soon and look at other people’s photos.

The closer I get to my trip to Ecuador the more I lust after the city of Quito. It is to the point now, that  I read so much about Quito I can rattle off a lot of facts… which I will spare you for now 🙂

However I am going to send you some of the photos that are making me lust after Quito… at least a few of them.

March 30th can’t get here fast enough  Photo credits for each photo are in the caption if you want to go see for yourself. Trust me the more you see photos of Quito, the more you will want to join me in April.

Photo Credit: Case Joquine
Photo Credit: Case Joquine
Photo Credit: Turismo Maso
Photo Credit: Turismo Maso
Photo Credit: Bootnall
Photo Credit: Bootnall
Photo Credit: Quito's Resilience Challenge
Photo Credit: Quito’s Resilience Challenge

Is the Go Oahu card worth the price?

Yes it was worth the price for our trip, but the real answer is maybe.

Dad and I decided to plan a few activities a day and then just wing the remainder of the day. We did not go to Hawaii with any expectations and I think we wanted to have some activities planned while having time built in to explore.  Which worked out for us very well. 

I always look into city cards, to see if they are something I would like to purchase before arriving.  Sometimes I purchase &  sometimes I do not . This time I choose to purchase because a lot of the things dad and I wanted to do were available on the Go Oahu Card.

We purchased 5 day cards, each card was $219.99 plus tax.   So this is where math and planning will come into play and why I feel I need to emphasize it is maybe a value.


I do not recommend buying the Go Oahu card if you have  no intention of planning your trip.  I love not planning trips from time to time, but since dad was in tow with me, I knew we needed some plans.  🙂

If you want to plan and do a little basic math then this card is likely for you!

We came out ahead, because we planned our trips around the card & what we wanted to do.  If you are  fast paced person, you can come out really ahead if you like to do 3-5 things a day.

We came out ahead by choosing 2-3 activities a day.  We felt the card had a lot of value at Pearl Harbor, just about everything at Pearl Harbor is covered on the card.

I will be posting plenty reviews in the coming months (work is BUSY right now!) over everything we did but some of the attractions we were able to take part in because of te Go Oahu Card

USS Bowfin

USS Missouri

USS Arizona Memorial

Germaine’s Luau

Diamond Head

Movie Set’s Tour

and much more. . .

Truth be told with a little planning & math this card can save you a lot of money especially in a state that is pretty darn expensive!

If you have any questions, as always send me an email or post below

Until Next time



Wordless Wednesday


New Release: Zhukov’s Dogs by Amanda Cyr


Zhukov’s Dogs, by Amanda Cyr

Genre: new-adult, science-fiction, action-adventure

Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press

Date of Publication: October 27, 2014

Cover Artist: Alexandria Thompson of Gothic Fate



Lieutenant Colonel Nik Zhukov is just like any other desensitized seventeen-year-old living in the year 2076. At least he likes to think he is when he isn’t busy eliminating threats to national security, breaking up terrorist organizations, and trying not to get blown up. It’s all in a normal day’s work for one of the military’s top dogs, and he’s never disappointed. Never failed. Never lost sight of his dream of making it to the elite force, even as each new job forces him to see just how morally corrupt his leaders are.

On the verge of promotion, Nik is dispatched to the underground city beneath the icy Seattle tundra, his final mission handed down directly from The Council. It should have been a simple in-and-out, but the underground is full of dark secrets and he soon finds himself swept into battles, lying to his best friend back east, and growing a bit too close to the rebels he was sent to spy on.

Nik realizes too late that he’s broken the number one rule within his ranks; he’s allowed himself to feel normal for the first time in his life. He might be able to turn the job around, become the soldier he was once was, except for his growing attachment to the rebel leader. A guy. Yet another first for Nik. It’s a mistake he pays for dearly when he learns The Council’s true intentions for the city.

It’s never ‘just harmless fun’ when you’re a government dog, not when The Council holds the leash. Nik knows there are some lines you can never come back from crossing, and he’s forced to choose whose rules to play by. He races toward the invisible divide, aware he’ll be called traitor by both his nation and by his friends. Aware that even the right choice can be deadly to make.

Amanda Cyr

Amanda Cyr

Amanda Cyr is a tea-loving freelance journalist, viral content curator, and debut novelist. She studied creative writing at Seattle University, where she developed all sorts of opinions before becoming a member of the Pacific Northwest Writers Association. She is currently represented by Kimberley Cameron of the Kimberley Cameron & Associates Literary Agency.

Growing up, Amanda moved around a lot. She began writing to make the transitions easier and make up for her lack of friends in middle school. An awesome professor in Medford, Oregon tried to convince her to pursue writing professionally, but Amanda was deadest on a law career. It wasn’t until an unpleasant professor in Seattle, Washington told her she was a terrible writer that Amanda really committed to the idea of getting published, mostly just to spite her professor.

When Amanda’s not hunched over a laptop she enjoys sleeping, video games, Netflix binges, and wrestling with her two polar bear dogs. She currently lives in Los Angeles, where she spends her days hissing at the sun and missing Seattle. Her least favorite things include the mispronunciation of her name, screaming children, and California.
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