Chicago, July/August 2017 GoPro Travel Video


Growing up in the Midwest with the Windy City just a border state away, it was easy to forget that it’s kind of a big deal. We’re talkin’ third biggest city in the U.S. big. Two major league baseball teams big. One-time home of Obama, Kanye, and Oprah big. Though I’ve been a handful of times before, the occasion this summer was for a bachelor party and wedding two weeks apart. This meant two separate trips, and two separate opportunities to take in as much as I could. Some of the highlights included Cloud Gate, the official name for “The Bean” in Millennium Park, a downtown rooftop Jacuzzi, a boat cruise through the Chicago River, Oak Street Beach at Lake Michigan, the house from the TV show ‘Family Matters,’ and of course the wedding itself.

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New York City, May 2017 GoPro Travel Video

In the 1960’s, Donald Trump’s father (real estate developer, Fred Trump) tried to kill Coney Island as we know it. He held a press conference in which he threw a mock funeral for the amusement park in the hopes of having it demolished and rezoned for high-rise condos. Thankfully, he was a huge loser and failed bigly, and as you can see in this video, Coney Island is still very much an amusement mecca. From the historic Coney Island Cyclone featured prominently in the cult film The Warriors to the ramshackle Wonder Wheel, the vibrant park is storied but still very relevant. Other sights seen here include the Roosevelt Island tramway, Central Park, Times Square, Governor’s Island, the Financial District charging bull (and girl), Astoria, Queens, East Village and Joe Strummer mural, Freedom Tower, Oculus Train Station, Tom’s Restaurant (from Seinfeld), Brooklyn Bridge, and Staten Island Ferry.

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Dominican Republic, April 2017 GoPro travel video

La Republica Dominicana, once unified with what is now Haiti as the island of Hispaniola, was reached by Christopher Columbus in 1492 on his maiden voyage across the Atlantic. After several decades of slave trade, the ratio of African slaves to Spaniards was twelve to one, and the influence of Africa on demography and culture exists to this today. My friend Alex and I spent our time in DR between the nearby towns of Punta Cana and Bavaro on the East Coast, where the Caribbean and Atlantic meet. I arrived first and took a guagua (local bus) from just down the road from the Airport to Veron and eventually Palma Real, changing busses three times and never knowing quite where I should be waiting for the bus and what bus to board. Regardless, I eventually reached Cocotal, the community my Airbnb was located. I spent the afternoon across the road at Melia, the sister resort of the Cocotal residence enjoying their beach and sunset. When Alex arrived the next day, we checked in to the NOW Larimar after about an hour of arguing in Spanish with the security guards over whether or not we had clearance to enter. After a quick trip down to the beach, we walked back toward Melia and took a trip up in the Canalloon, the giant tethered hot air balloon seen here. After a trip up to see the sunset views, we went back to the beach at Now Larimar for a bit before calling it an evening. The next day we traveled further inland to Bavaro, where we took dune buggies through the countryside to the Cave of Fantasy. We made the same trip back, enjoyed a quick swim at the NOW Larimar pool, and Alex was on his way. I took a motorcycle taxi all 25 km back to the airport, and thus concluded another successful Spanish immersion trip.

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