Back in 2012 I wanted to see more of Europe and therefore bought myself a 30 day rail pass to visit as many countries as could. I had just bought a new camera and wanted to practice up close and distant shots, so I wanted to have the same object to take photos of where ever I went.
And what did I choose? Haribo Gummi Bears.
Every since I was a kid, I loved gummi bears (watching the TV show and also eating them), so when I was travelling, I decided to buy myself a packet. I also wanted to practice different types of shots. I thought it would be cool to have the gummi bears represent my family.
My Dad is as white as a polar bear so he is the white gummi bear. My brother in law was in the army so he is green. My mom loves red and my sister and I are the orange and yellow ones.
The start of my trip, in Berlin, Germany. You can just about make out Aleksander Platz in the background.
Bears in front of the Prague castle
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Bright lights, big city and expensive is what many people may think before visiting NYC. This does not necessarily have to be the case as I found out on a recent budget conscious trip to New York City. I was surprised by the quality of the more down market and reasonable places to stay.
Pod 39 was a great hotel, I stayed here in March 2013 and it was cheaper than when I looked to stay here in May. It is a very centrally located hotel, close to Grand Central Station and relatively close to Central Park if you feel like going to a run during your visit. There was free Wifi in all the rooms and the rooms were furnished to a high standard and were ensuite. There is a choice to have single bed, double bed or even bunk beds.
When we are young, we normally have less money but more time, therefore we value our money more. As we get older this becomes the opposite, usually we can afford more but become time poor.
This idea of time versus money was tested on me this past week, when my 2 hour flight from Barcelona to London was cancelled due to air traffic control strikes in France. This meant not only flights to and from France were cancelled, but also most flights that had to travel over France air space.
Being a freelancer, I really value my time. Time is money in my world. If I waste a day, I do not get paid. This past week, I was on my way to a great conference, BrightonSEO. I was asked to be part of a Freelance Roundtable discussion and therefore there was additional need for me to be there. I had to get to England.