US Open, Electric Zoo & Quick SF Stop to Re-Pack

Written by on September 10, 2012 in General, North America with 0 Comments

Trying to keep to my plan of witnessing my own Grand Slam this year, I had to add New York City to the itinerary to pay my 12th visit to the US Open and see all my favorite pros.

 

 

It definitely didn’t hurt that the Electric Zoo Festival was also happening over Labor Day weekend, or that I would be able to catch up with all my old friends.

 

 

Luciano has become one of my favorites, and his set was hot (so was he!)

 

 

I had day session tickets for all of Labor Day weekend and neither the play nor the weather disappointed.  I saw some amazing matches, including a bunch of upsets, Roddick’s last win of his career, and all of my old and new faves.

 

 

Electric Zoo was fun, although the lineup was a tad disappointing relative to the powerhouse line-ups in Ibiza, and at WMC/Ultra and Electric Daisy Carnival earlier this year.  I know I’m very spoiled, especially this year, so I was just happy to catch up with old friends and to see my new friends from Buenos Aires who I’d met at Ultra and who’d come to NYC for the Ezoo/US Open double header.

 

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The week in NY went by way too fast and before I knew it I was SF bound.  3 nights and 2 days to see all my friends and family, play some tennis, restore my hair to a somewhat normal shade of blonde, get all my vaccinations for upcoming Africa visit in November, last minute doctors and dentist visits AND a mani/pedi.  I finished packing at 5am this morning and I can honestly say that I’m pooped!  But, I’m very glad I had a chance to see everyone and re-pack for the long haul.

It’s just hitting me now that I’m going to be gone from the US for a year!  Luckily a few of my friends have already signed up to join me in various fun spots throughout the journey.  Anyone else have an itch to travel?  Let me know and I’ll give you the itinerary and hope you can join!  For those joining the blog late, I’m headed to the Middle East through the end of October, to Southern African until mid-December, and then to SE Asia from December to May, with a side-trip to Oz for a little Aussie Open action and to catch up with some friends in Sydney at the end January.

I’m on the plane to NY now, connecting to a long flight to Jordan and then connecting immediately to Beirut.  I think this is where the trip will really shift from being on vacation to travelling.  I imagine that there will be hard days ahead, as this is the first time I’ll be going into countries with political, religious and even day-to-day customs that are so much different than what I know and love and probably take for granted about the freedom of being an American.  Even more so, of being a woman in America.  I met someone at a party last night that reminded me of how lucky we are to have the freedoms that we do and recommended a couple books and movies that I should read while travelling, so my first mission when I touch down at JFK is to download them and start reading on my 11 hour flight to Jordan.

Wish me luck!  And drop me a line to let me know how things are going with you these days!

 

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