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Mosaics in Berlin's Pergamon Museum

When it comes to time travel, they say everybody kills Hitler on their first trip. And why shouldn’t we? That guy ruined a lot of things, to put it simply. But time is a river, and a river always corrects its course. Going back in time to unmake a great wrong only opens up the great paradox of how one could unmake said wrong if said wrong no longer occurred. Events are unchangeable, I once heard in a movie, destined to unfold the way it will no matter how often you feed your DeLorean glowing popsicles. And let’s not create any new dimensional realities; those are messy.

But I digress.

So now you’re floating violently through time, sans your primary directive and not feeling up for the gravitas of meeting Jesus just yet. You might as well stay in Berlin and do some sightseeing. From the Cold War to the permanent collections in the National Museums in Berlin, the capital city of Germany (besides being crazy historic itself) houses a wealth of artifacts stretching well back in time. read more »

Christmas in Hawaii - Honolulu City Lights 2014

It’s that time of the year again! The Honolulu City Lights at Honolulu Hale (Honolulu’s city hall) are up for the 2014 Christmas season with the traditional Hawaiian holiday displays, the Christmas tree and wreath competition, and Santa Claus for all the little kiddies. Rides and food vendors line South King Street outside. There was even a new display this year, a whole family of carolers complete with a dog and a guy fishing. Check out the photos while listening to Keola and Kapono Beamer’s classic Hawaiian hit, “Honolulu City Lights,” a song about the city lights applicable any time of the year. read more »

SF Giants World Series 2014 Parade - SFPD

Orange October comes to a glorious end for our beloved SF Giants with a classic confetti-filled parade. Led by mascot Lou Seal, the 2014 World Series champs slowly (slowly) made their way down Market Street amidst a sea of adoring baseball fans. With three World Series wins in the past five years, San Francisco was more than prepared to host a proper homecoming celebration. The parade ended at Civic Center with a televised ceremony.

Need proof that San Francisco is the best city ever? Check out the last pic. read more »

Reykjavík, Iceland - Sólfar, the Sun Voyager

A light mist floats through the air, beads of condensation on the window in the morning. Outside, a rectangular red truck passes slowly down Laugavegur, cleansing Reykjavík’s main street. It looks like a toy and I realize that everything in Iceland, from the accents of the locals to the crazy animals, is adorable. In the distance, Hallgrímskirkja rises above the houses of Iceland’s capital city and I can’t believe I can see it from my apartment. I can’t believe I woke up this early. read more »

Couple at Gullfoss Waterfall in Iceland

More than half the people in Iceland believe in elves and it’s not hard to understand why. The Icelandic landscape practically lends itself to supernatural belief with its vast volcanic plains and tall mountains that appear to harbor something more mystical. In many ways, Iceland is a lot like Hawaii where I grew up. Both volcanic islands of fire and ice (Hawaii has some ice), they each host unique landscapes, a menu of mythologies, incredibly friendly people and unique cuisine. I quickly felt the familiarity of home.

There’s magic here, power in the terrain so menacing yet serene at the same time. Jagged rocks stretch into the distance, harsh if not for the soft layer of green forming above, adding color to the cold mist that always seems to linger about. Sheep and diminutive Icelandic horses roam the lands with no natural predators, save for the occasional polar bear that sneaks in from Greenland when things freeze over.

Iceland is not a big country, and its premier city, Reykjavík, can certainly be explored in a few days. But the more one uncovers here, the more the land seems to give, and it appears Iceland is a country that can’t really be thoroughly understood in just a quick visit (the language alone is daunting), however small the country may appear.

I spent about five days in Reykjavík. The following is a recollection of where I’ve been, serving as highlights (in the order in which I experienced them) for you should you find yourself in Iceland on your own whirlwind adventure. read more »