Catherine Eisele - Travel Writing

Rainy Shanghai from a Taxi

January 20, 2010


July 28, 2009

The streets of Shanghai are normally a sea of multi-colored umbrellas shielding their carriers from the summer sun.  But on this day, while no less colorful, the umbrellas were protecting heads and shoulders from the pouring rain. Taken from a taxi on Huai Hai Road.
 

I Finally Learned How to Fly

January 15, 2010
...as comfortably as possible in coach.

After 15 long-haul flights in the last year alone, I finally cracked the code to flying in coach.

Don't fly US Airways. 

Nah, that's not really the secret, although they do rank at the bottom in every category I can think of.  

My secret formula is:
  • the world's most awesome sleep mask
  • noise-canceling headphones
  • melatonin
  • sudoku puzzles
  • a sense of adventure and a modicum of patience
My vote for world's best sleep mask goes to the Bucky 40 Blinks Sleep Mask.  ...
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Exceeding All Expectations

November 9, 2009
In the shower recently (my thinking spot) I started pondering the number of hotels I've stayed in lately.  In the past three months I have spent at least one night in each of 13 different hotels.  One in Italy, two in China, four in Switzerland and six in Germany.  Of these 13 - ranging from bare-bones hostels to 4-star luxury hotels with white-gloved door service - one stands out as being just exactly perfect.  Granted I wasn't expecting much before I checked in (when you aren't in charge of...
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Gelato- a concise guide to the best

November 9, 2009
Next topic: Gelaterias

This is probably dangerous to write about before lunch!

Cinque Terre- Gelateria Il Porticciolo, immediately next to the small sand beach in Vernazza, is a tiny gelateria where I highly recommend the pineapple flavor. Then by the time you hike further south through Corniglia to Manarola (my favorite of the five towns) you will want some more and I suggest stopping at the gelateria with the covered wood patio on your right as you start to head up the hill of the main street...
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My Bucket List

November 8, 2009
Since I referenced my list on the right, here it is. 

A working list, in no particular order:
  • Go skydiving
  • Go paragliding
  • Learn how to paraglide alone
  • Learn how to drive a manual car
  • Try waterskiing
  • Learn how to SCUBA dive
  • Dive or snorkel in the Great Barrier Reef
  • Learn how to fly a small plane
  • Learn how to sail
  • Own a small sailboat
  • Learn how to salsa dance
  • Own a dog
  • Win an orchestra job
  • Start some kind of travel business
  • Own a house in Belize or Panama
  • Line my balcony with plants
  • Experience Oktoberfest in M...

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So you've never been to Italy

November 8, 2009
Prompted by a friend who asked me for some "suggestions" for an upcoming trip to Italy, I sat down to jot a few notes and this was the result. 

Alright, you've never been to Italy, so, my highlights:

Cinque Terre- that's the 5 little fishing villages on the cliffs that I've hiked between 3 times now, gorgeous, a one-day trip (or it could be longer if you want to do some of the less popular, much longer hikes, but I don't know much about them yet)

 
Vernazza - the 2nd most northern of the 5 fishi...

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the Author


Catherine Eisele Catherine is a self-proclaimed travel guru and amateur photographer. She is currently a freelance horn player in Frankfurt, Germany. When not traveling or performing, she enjoys adding to her bucket list and drinking tea.