Angel said "Close your eyes!" right before snapping the photo. Apparently, I listened.
I impressed Angel by telling him that Chow Yun Fat was in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. What I didn't tell him was that the name was most familiar to me due to my long standing history as a fan of Pirates of the Caribbean because that doesn't seem to sound as cool.
Angel is very law-abiding.
A real panda!
It's in soft-launch stage right now as I work on pulling things together and lining up content, but I've really never been the type to keep a secret and say, "I have such exciting news that I can't tell you yet!!!" so I decided to just tell all of you now.
Here's what you really need to know:
1. The Random Writings isn't going anywhere. I've been wanting to branch into writing articles that include actual useful information instead of the humorous vignettes and random topics that this blog is well-known and loved for, and I decided it would be a better idea to focus my actual information posts into an appropriate niche blog and keep The Random Writings random.
2. I came up with the idea of The Vacation Plan as a site where useful travel information meets adventure meets humor meets real life. My goal is to create a catalog of the tales of real vacations--to satisfy our human curiosity about the lives of others, but to include links, directions, and all sorts of information to help others planning trips to the same location.
3. I need guest posts!!! Obviously, I do not travel all over the world, and I have no desire to. However, I do want The Vacation Plan to be filled up with information on destinations everywhere from Bali to Berlin to small towns in Oklahoma (sorry, Oklahoma, names of any of your small towns are escaping me). Vacations need not be long, expensive, or elaborate to apply. I'm just as interested in the tales of weekend trips to the next town over as I am in elaborate multi-country itineraries. Email me or mention in the comments that you're interested in contributing a guest post and I'll send you the details!
I'm shooting for a full launch of the site at the beginning of the new year (because is there really any better time?). In the meantime...you may not have noticed, but I haven't actually started a blog in a really long time. I don't exactly remember all that goes into it, and I feel like technology and expectations have changed a lot in the last three years! I welcome any and all help, advice, critiques, and especially guest posts as I get this new blog off the ground. If you're interested in getting involved in this project, any help is greatly appreciated. Thank you all so much, I'm excited about my new venture into a different sort of blogging.
If you want to come along for the ride, and read about our travels in detail (including next week's trip to Hong Kong Disneyland!) be sure to follow on Bloglovin'.