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You say ‘Sydney’, I say ‘Air – Moon Safari’…


Prompt #3: Music and travel memories often go hand in hand. A song can inspire our explorations, or it can take us back to a specific place and time. Tell us about your travel playlist and what it means to you.

“Music is what feelings sound like.” –Somebody

I often find myself listening to an album on repeat while traveling. So whenever I hear Manu Chao’s La Radiolina I’m taken straight back to Panama (and my first solo trip). Flaming Lips and I’m on the bullet train in Japan, Sigur Ros or Silverchair I’m on a long bus ride somewhere in Morocco, Air’s Moon Safari and I’m in Australia (I had the chance to see Air at the Opera House in Sydney on my RTW trip – which was “super surreal and amazing” according to Olivia of 2008), Eel’s Shootenanny! and I’m in Turkey, REM and I’m in Athens (they did a free concert while I was there, for the launch of MTV Greece), Velvet Underground and Wilco is Romania & Bulgaria, and Beach House takes me to Iceland.

It’s amazing how much your different senses can transport you to a distant travel memory – whether it’s sound, scent or taste. So here’s Air’s Remember from their 2008 show in Sydney that always leaves me grinning.

Have you seen any shows while traveling?

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The Maldives + Halloween + The 1% = Weekly Love


Happy Halloween, I guess. I don’t particularly care for Halloween, as I don’t like scary things and I think it’s dumb to just dress up as Slutty McSlutterson [sexy _______ Fill in the blank]. Clearly, I’m no fun at all. I tossed around three costume ideas last weekend: the March Hare from Alice in Wonderland, Betty Draper’s English riding outfit, or a sexy turd — but ended up as the 1%, very last minute.

-Sunny biking – Saturday was sunny and gorgeous again. I don’t know how many more of these surprise sunny fall days we have left (November is the last hurray of sunshine), but I hope there will be more. Took a ride through all the beautiful leaves out to the Montgomery building in NW, along the river, and in SE on Saturday.

-The Maldives – Saw The Maldives at Mississippi Studios last weekend. I think I saw them in passing at Bumbershoot last year, but I really liked their show here. On an alt country kick lately.

-Halloween & the 99% – As mentioned, I’m not a fan of Halloween. So I decided on a Halloween costume about 2 hours before we left. I decided to be the 1% — because it’s hilarious. It made me laugh anyway. I also drew on some wickedly large eyebrows. I scared myself every time I caught my reflection.

What are you up to this week?

Flatstock + Seattle eats + Bumbershoot: Weekly Love

I’m refusing to acknowledge that fall is on its way. Vive la summer!

This week:

-Bumbershoot! My third year since since I first crossed it off my list: #50 Go to Bumbershoot in Seattle in 2009. The line-up wasn’t too great this year, but the weather was fantastic. Loved: Little Dragon (as usual), staying at the Heathman (snagged it on Jetsetter in May), the Trey McIntyre Project (modern dance set to The Shins’ Oh, Inverted World), Best of SIFF 2011 short films (North Atlantic was the most memorable for me), orchestra-ish music in the Experience Music Project, the SBUX Insider Lounge (ie. free coffee drinks all weekend), and playing tourist going up the Space Needle, which I hadn’t done since I was a 5-year-old.

-Seattle food. Seattle, land of my birth, you have excellent food. [ahem, Portland is still better] :)  I could have eaten two of the Margherita pizzas at Serious Pie. Also enjoyed the huevos a la Mexicana at Hi Spot Cafe, and the delicious Puerto Rican food at La Isla in Ballard.

-Flatstock I always try to reserve day 1 of Bumbershoot for taking pics and considering my options, and buy something day 2. This year, I bought the Weapons of Mass Creation poster for my kitchen.

-Movies in the Park – One of the final Movies in the Park this year was North by Northwest in Elizabeth Caruthers Park in South Waterfront. Banh mi takeout from Bambuza + a bottle of rosé + a pile of pillows and blankets + Cary Grant on the big screen = perfect summer evening.

-Musicfest NW – After spending three days at Bumbershoot, I wasn’t too excited for Musicfest NW. We did end up catching one show on Friday night — Glass Candy. There were giant balloons. I took of video of said balloons.

Listening: Little Dragon.

Weekly Love: Sauvie Island + Liam Finn + Sundresses


Aren’t things with wheels fun? Here are a few things [some with wheels!] that I enjoyed this week…

This week

– Watched the Portland Twilight Criterium bike race around the North Park blocks on Friday. More cowbell!

– Let’s talk about my container garden. It’s amazing… and so tasty. I made a tomato salad this weekend which included: tomatoes, red wine vinegar, olive oil, salt, pepper, and more tomatoes.

-We were going to go berry picking at Sauvie Island on Sunday, and ended up spending so long at the beach, that we missed the U-pick hours. So we ended up buying berries from the stand instead. Next time!

– I got a silly email from Gilt Groupe telling me “good news, your Hype Silk Naomi Strapless dress is now available”, meaning it had sold out ages ago, even though I really had no intentions of buying it. And I had a $20 off any order special coupon and so it ended up being $59 instead of ummmm… a $175 dress. Yay!

– Just started listening to Liam Finn’s new album FOMO. This video is ridiculous and kind of adorable. Those kiwis.

-Portland Soap Box Derby was also this weekend on Mt Tabor. We arrived kind of late, but it was still fun to sit on a blanket, and legally drink beer in the park. Also, there was a tank with some kind of potato gun cannon. Next year, I’m going to wear a derby hat.

What are you up to this week?

Tumblr vs Blogging


I use the tumblr off and on again, and I still love the idea of it and the UI, and the reblog feature, and a million *several other little things. What I liked most about my tumblr was that it was like a giant mashup of a way to share what I was liking in my RSS feed, random pics throughout the week, quotes, funny things, links etc etc etc. However, it’s tough to keep up this blog sometimes with work and life and fun… and summer, let alone maintaining yet another bloggy/social outlet like tumblr. So I’m going to give that a try here this week instead. *My other little problem with tumblr is the lack of attribution of photos, design, and content in general. I’m all for sharing, but giving credit where credit is due makes the creative world go round. Onward.

This week…

-The long-awaited Spotify is here. So far I don’t see how it’s better than Grooveshark — especially since you have to download it (vs Pandora & Grooveshark). Any insight on what the big deal is? Please share.

-I’m loving the latest “A Dress & A Gig Poster” by The Shallow End

-Obsessed. much: The Cults – Go Outside [soundcloud url=”″]

-I attended a wedding last weekend where the bride & groom got married in their backyard, and each guest had a tea cup with their name attached. Super cute.

-Here’s a tattoo I might not get tired of: a world map across my back via A Cup of Jo

-Aaaand {are you still there mom?} since I will probably always change my mind about having something inked on my skin, I love the new project by swiss-miss and friends — designy temporary tattoos are too cute.

-“Is life not a thousand times too short for us to bore ourselves?” –Friedrich Nietzsche

What fabulous things have you been perusing this week?

Olivia Raymer
Things I ♥: travel, food (I'm a pescatarian), the Pacific Northwest, bikes (I ride an orange mixte), beer (IPAs), summer, coffee, lists, and kitties. Travel enthusiast, former product manager, dabbler, and currently helping small businesses with digital strategy at Early Bird Strategy.

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