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What Do TripAdvisor, San Diego, Pizza and Sista Voyage have in Common?

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Well, Trip Advisor crowned San Diego as the city with the best pizza and Sista Voyage got to taste a slice…or two… OKAY, half of a pie!

Before the best pizza poll was announced, I took a mini voyage to San Diego, California to spend time with a good friend and her wonderful family.  She knew that I loved pizza, so she suggested dining at an Italian restaurant called Filippi’s Pizza Grotto in an area called ‘Little Italy.’ Parking was a pain, but that was a welcomed sign that the food was good!

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Me, so happy for pizza!
My friend
My friend

The menu selection was certainly grand, but being that I am a sucker for all things bread, cheese, and marinara, we ordered a pizza with her half as pepperoni (underneath the cheese) and my half as veggie. I know that pizza is fattening, but I trick my mind into believing that the elimination of meat and the substitution of veggies makes it less likely to clog the heart. Yeah…my mind works in mysterious ways, lol.

pizzasliceMy friend had such self control. She stopped eating before feeling full. Me on the other hand, when it comes to pizza, my brain sends a message to my gut to expand about 5 more inches to accommodate the fatty goodness it’s about to receive.

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Yum!
Yum!
Yummy!!!
Yummy!!!

Clears Throat…Now For the Cheesy Controversy:
I will admit the pizza in San Diego was good, but saying this city has the ‘number one pizza in AMERICA???’ Ummm, no. One reason why I can’t crown it king is because I haven’t tasted EVERY pizza in America, but from my past experiences with this ooey, chewy goodness, Chicago’s deep dish and New York’s thin and big slices are definitely neck to neck for first place! Sorry San Diego pizza…I still love ya, though! 😉

What do you all think? Did the pollsters get it right or wrong? What city do YOU think has the best pizza? *Keep it clean, ha ha!*

See if your city ranked for best pizza here

 

 

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How to Get over Your Fear of Traveling Solo

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If you:

  • find yourself jaded when plans with others go sour,  keep reading.
  • end up staying home if everyone else cancels because you just can’t fathom going out alone, keep on reading.
  • have been curious about traveling, but you don’t think you will be safe or have fun by yourself, keep on, keep on what? That’s right, keep reading.

Listen, I totally understand the natural apprehension surrounding solo travel, but the key is conquering it by not allowing the ‘yays’ or ‘nays’ of others to dictate your actions. So, are you ready to overcome your fears of solo travel, but you just don’t know exactly how to do it? Well, keep reading because I have a few ‘Sista Says’ tips for ya!

Start Going out with YOU!!!
First you must get over your LOCAL fear of going out alone. Tempted to dine at that new, sexy sushi restaurant in your city, but it seems it’s a couples only haven? So what? Go eat alone and  pick up a tempura roll for me, while you’re there, lol.

 

Me and Tempura
Me and Tempura

Travel alone within the US
While you’re there, revisit tip the first tip!!!

Go on a cruise
This may seem like a daunting step, but it really is not, I promise. Think about it-  you will be surrounded by hundreds or thousands of other people! You get to mingle on a large scale then retreat to the comforts of YOU. Win win!!!

Go abroad with specialized, touring groups
While you may arrive alone, touring groups provide you with mingling conditions similar to a cruise, only in a smaller capacity. To find out more information on these specialized tours, visit either  cosmos.com or timetravelplans.com .

The last tip: NOW GO SOLO!!!
You can do it, Bobbina/Bobbie Boucher, you can do it!!! Remember, you only get to live this one and only life to its highest extent…ONCE! Research your destination in advance and when you arrive there, leave Timid Tim/Tina at the baggage claim area and exude Fearless Frank/Farrah!

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Why I Will Never Cruise with Carnival Again

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They say ‘never say never.’ I say ‘whatever!’

Before the fires, fumes, and filth issues covered in the media, I said a loud and resounding ‘HELL NO’ to sailing with Carnival in the future after my friend’s wedding cruise in 2010.

I remember it like it was 2 hours ago:

There I was awakened in the middle of the night sailing the ocean blue on Carnival Liberty to the dreaded queasy feeling. I sat on the edge of the bed in total denial of what was about to happen next.

Each end of my body was confused. It didn’t know whether to insert my head in the toilet or place my butt on it. Between my butt cramping and my throat retching, I wondered if day 3 was a prediction of the next 4 days on the ship. This wasn’t seasickness, my friends. It was what I labeled ‘the 2 hour Norwalk virus.’

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Thankfully, I was ‘pill prepared’ for the trip.  I ended up feeling better after I chomped down on several Pepto-Bismol and swallowed 2 old Compazine (anti-nausea) pills. Things were going well until I developed strep throat that progressed into a never ending sinus infection. Terrible, just terrible. The Carnival Demons just wouldn’t let me live!!!

Despite this, I got to witness my bride-friend commit her life to her love; however, in hindsight, I should’ve taken a clue from her best friend who left the ship AFTER the reception. She was smart.

Sista Asks: Have you ever had a bad cruise experience? What happened?


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The 25 Worst Airports in the U.S.

In the early stages of my blog, I composed a topic of airports I really don’t want to deal with. I promise you all, there are times when I try to figure out how to avoid flying to/from certain airports as much as I can. If I can’t, I make sure that my time spent in them is as minimal as humanly possible.

Surprisingly, one day while simply browsing the internet, I came across an article that revealed not ten, but TWENTY-FIVE airports in the U.S. that are considered just… the worst. Check out the Daily Beast’s link here to see if your airport made the gallery of ‘Go to the Gate, Please No Wait!’

I knew I wasn’t alone in my disdain of Fort Lauderdale’s sucky airport. :)

 

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Thank You All for Your Patience And…

Miss Birdie and I in Balboa Park

I am back from my health hiatus! I am so happy to restart bringing you all more of my travel content. I am currently in San Diego, California visiting good people and once I get back into my home city, look forward to new updates very soon. Before the end of 2012, this blog will contain my visits of:

  • Paris, France (this will be definitely finished in the month of October
  • Belize (Belize City, San Pedro and Caye Caulker)
  • My financial mishaps in preparation for my voyages and during them
  • Cruises (My first cruise, the worst cruise, smooth jazz cruises)
  • San Diego, CA
  • Videos
  • Where I’ve been tips
    …and so much more!!!

Once again, thanks so much for sticking it out with me.  I never planned on removing myself from my blog for the length of time I did, but it was absolutely necessary.  I will explain more about why I had to take the hiatus later. Sometimes, I still suffer with my health, but I can usually pinpoint as to why and it’s 90% of the time my fault anyway, lol.

 

 

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