Adventures, travel, women

Preparing (or Not) for India: An interview with Myself

Allison is on her way to India in 20 days. Let’s catch up with her as she prepares for this trip.

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Allison in travel mode in Florence

 

Allison: Hey Allison, looks like you booked a trip to India 5 days ago and will be taking off in 20 Days. This seems kind of sudden for an international trip.

Allison: Well, Allison, I knew for a few weeks this might be an option, but I didn’t get word until about 7 days ago that the trip was on. Then I had to request time off from work. That’s how I ended up buying a plane ticket from a trip half way around the world a few days ago.

Allison: How is the visa process going?

Allison: Yeah, I need to get one of those still. It’s an e-visa, so I should be good, but I’ve been kinda distracted. The Olympics are on. I’m kinda obsessed with all of the figure skating right now. Let’s face it, Adam Rippon is so good at social media and the Shib Sibs are super cute, and the USA just won gold in Women’s Ice Hockey and I’d rather obsess over that than work on obtaining this vital piece of documentation.

Allison: This is very unlike you. You’re usually quite the planner.

Allison: Yeah, I was super on the ball for my Brazil visa. I did that months in advance for fear of complications. But with this trip coming us in 20 – OMG! That’s fast – days and I’m a little more carefree about it and know I will get it done. Maybe this weekend? I think that can work.

Allison: What have you planned or taken care of?

Allison: Well I have looked into the Indian Super League. Robbie Keane (former captain of the Los Angeles Galaxy soccer team) is playing in Calcutta, but sadly the league’s season ends shortly before I arrive. Sad, because I really wanted to see some more cartwheels in person.

Oh! I’ve also kinda decided what I’m going to wear on the plane. It’s hard because the total travel time is like 36 hours with a 12 hour layover in Hong Kong. So I really want to be comfortable but I also want something that will look appropriate for sightseeing and photos. I’ve got my Girlfriend Collective black leggings and a tee with a sweatshirt ready to go.

Allison: Looks like you’ve thought about the important things.

Allison: Well not all the important things, I still haven’t decided what cities I’m visiting beyond Pune. I’m thinking New Delhi, but also I’d like to go to Jaipur. And there is no way I can make my first trip to india and not go to the Taj Mahal. Trying to narrow it down is my big goal for the coming week, along with the visa.

Allison: Do you think you’ll get everything accomplished soon?

Allison: Yeah, I’ll get there. With the olympics ending and a week before the new MLS season starts, I think I can get a lot done this week.

Allison: It was nice talking to you. Anything else you’d like to say?

Allison: My suitcase is broken, so if someone would like to lend me one, that would be rad.

 

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Adventures, travel

2018 Travel Plans

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When 2018 started, I had no idea where I was going to go this year. I had been saving my time and money to support the USA at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, but then on the last day of qualification, the team was eliminated.  What was I going to do? Flash forward to February, and the year is getting pretty crowded.

  • San Diego
  • Hong Kong
  • India
  • Las Vegas
  • Colombia
  • Seattle
  • San Clemente
  • Oregon
  • Hawaii

From total disappointment to a year full of adventures. I’m excited for 2018, but I still might cry during the World Cup.

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Everything I Ate in Mexico City Part 1

During my trip to Mexico City for USA vs Mexico World Cup Qualifying at El Estadio Azteca I ate some amazing food. I saw the USMNT earn a point, went to museums, took a lot of walks, and fell in love with the city as well, but the food was unforgettable.

To maximize my time in Mexico, I took a red eye Friday night after work and got the sightseeing and eating started early.  I swear my crew and I started eating at like 8am, and we didn’t start with breakfast foods.

La Casa de Tono Flautas - Mexico City
La Casa de Tono Flautas – Mexico City

 

First stop was La Casa de Tono is the Zona Rosa. The Flautas were to

19029765_878689941829_8239068764867395794_ndie for. The green salsa was super hot – way too hot for me – but still so delicious. I didn’t try the others, since the green is usually mildest in Los Angeles and if the mild was that hot, I could only imagine what the others would do to me.

Fun fact time: Green Salsa in Mexico is not the mild one like it is up here. I wish I didn’t find that out my last day. Can you imagine all the salsas I missed out on?

 

 

Tuna Tostadas at Contramar Mexico City
Tuna Tostads aka Damn Delicious

After only lightly sleeping on the plane and hiking around Chapultepec Park and the National Museum of Anthropology I was most certainly hangry. I was hangry and not in

Clam Chowder at Contramar Mexico City
Clam Chowder at Contramar

the mood for Contramar since I’m not a huge seafood person. Contramar sure showed me though. If you can believe it, it became one of my top 3 meals of the year. The Clam Chowder was warm and rich and perfect for the overcast morning. But the real show stopper was was the Tuna Tostadas. Raw ahi tuna, chipotle mayonnaise, crispy links, and avocado came together for the most spectacular meal of the trip.  If you ever are in Mexico City, get to Contramar. Change your plans, ditch your friends, do what you need to, just get there are eat these amazing tacos. Seriously, Even Rick Bayless and Vice rave about these tostadas.

You know what’s great about the weekend? The plaza across the street from my hotel –

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There were more tacos but I hate them

Alameda Central Park – was filled with food vendors. So many different kinds of food and drinks were available, but in the end I went with a vendor selling al pastor tacos off of a spit. Al pastor, isn’t something I usually order, but I was so overcome by the crackling pork that I just had to have it.  What a spectacular meal to end my first day in Mexico City.