"Back From Italy!" TooTallFinn24's Profile
Hello! My name is Steven and it's a joy to write a narrative for Virtual Tourist.
I have lived in several towns on the Peninsula; Brisbane, South San Francisco, San Bruno and most of my early life in San Carlos. In San Bruno, I lived under one mile from the SF Airport and still to this day no just about every in and out of that airport. Also time in Madison, Wisconsin and New York City working at the World Trade Center on Wall Street. i currently live in a gorgeous old Tudor/French Normandy home in Sacramento.
Travel doesn't have to be to a far off place or somewhere that everyone believes you must see before you die. Some of the greatest travel experiences I have encountered are in Northern California. Take a look at my "Sacramento, West Sacramento, Auburn, Chico, Davis, Nevada City and Sonoma " pages and there will soon be more to follow. I believe that it is important for those of us that have lots of experiences with nearby places to try and summarize some of an area's most interesting places and then keep them up to date.
What I've Done
Not wanting to break my back and die young like my father did I decided at an early age that I had to go to college and study hard. After a grinding six years plus of college and three degrees I worked as an urban planner at the regional, state, county and city level. I spent eight years working in the Governor's Office of Planning and Research under Jerry Brown in his first terms in office. In between I worked for Dean Witter in Sacramento and had the opportunity to work at the World Trade Center in New York City for just a short time. My last job was as the Planning Director of West Sacramento. I am married and have two great sons that live away from home.
Where I Have Been?
I have traveled now to twenty one countries and been to all but two of the fifty states in the U.S. and most provinces in Canada. I continue to be amazed at the diversity of sights and the strength of the people in the United States. There hasn't been a trip in years that I didn't come back from feeling fulfilled and enriched by the experiences. I only wish I had managed to take more pictures! Then when I did take them to manage them better!
Oh yes, the web page picture is of me and two of my former associates at the City where I worked for many years taken at a retirement party.
I feel fortunate to be among a select group of individuals to have the time and money to travel. With so many people having difficulty making ends meet or even surviving I sometimes feel guilty traveling. Does anyone else have those feelings as well?
At any early age I learned, "good manners cost nothing." I will always reply to any e-mail or post, at least once, regardless of who you are and whether we agree on something. The way I see it if you reached out and sent me a note I will do my best to respond.
Where Am I Going and Going Via Biking
I want to see things on my own terms walking or riding while I still can. I have been trying to get a job in Geneva, Switzerland with one of the United Nations agencies there. However with some minor complications the plan has been on hold for a while. I look for places that I can bike around in and feel safe from traffic.
Last year was a great year for travel.
In April and May we went to Spain, Gibraltar and Portugal. We traveled by train and rental car. I was blown away by how much Spain looked and felt like California. We visited Madrid, Toledo, Barcelona, Granada, Sevilla, Tarifa, and several other areas.Biking some of the natural areas in Spain away from the crowds. Fantastic!
All of the above destinations except Granada now have VT pages. In Portugal we spent time in Tavira, Sagres, Albufiera and other areas along the beautiful Algarve coast. VT pages on Tavira and Sagres have been made. Gibraltar was a blast and among the most walking we have done in one day including a hike from La Linea and then climbing down the Rock and around the country in one day.
In September I was off to New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Exploring the far eastern edges of Long Island was a delight as were going back to the 911 Memorial after working in the World Trade Center in 1987.
Many trips were made to California communities I thought fellow VTers might like to see including;
All of these and other Northern California cities now have VT pages.
Just returned from an amazing trip to Italy for 25 days. Traveled largely by train and bus with a flight from Naples to Venice additionally. Among the places visited were Rome, Sorrento, Capri, Naples, Mestre, Venice, Padova, Milan, Cinque Terre, Pisa, Florence, Sienna, Volterra, San Gninamo, Orvieto, and Chivita. Will be posting lots of reviews and pics in the coming weeks.
My first and only page of Italy so far is of Orvieto, Italy and the surrounding area. I loved Orvieto as you can tell from my postings. Not only is the town wonderful but all should try and visit Chivita, Lake Bolsena, and Todi as well.
Hundreds of Nights in Hotels
As you will see from my travel forum answers I have spent over 1,500 nights in hotels over the last twenty years. Yes I counted them after a while! Those were primarily spent in 48 of the 50 states in the United States either on business or pleasure.
I just wish I had taken pictures of some of them before joining VT in June of 2011.
As you can see from my former cover photo I come from an active outdoor Finish family. I love to bike and ski even at an older age. In the cover photo is a picture of my two double cousins, Janet and Joy who completed a tough winter climb of Mount Kiliminjaro in Africa a few years back. The little sign, "got sisu," is a Finnish phrase that comes from that intense Scandinavian spirit. The phrase litterally means you finish what you start!
In the below photo are one of the volcanoes of Luaca National Park. The photo is taken at an elevation of about 16, 020 feet, the highest elevation I have ever climbed to. The air is so thin at this level that a simple walk can be a major achievement.
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