Monthly Archives: October 2015

Rose Bowl Blues

12107142_10105780639044833_6472839375172134524_nDespite flying to California and back in a 27 hour period, the travel wasn’t too bad and miraculously the (tight) timing worked out and the dude who checked in our rental car marked the gas tank as full when it most certainly was not. The sun was shining in Pasadena and, after landing at LAX, we had a delicious breakfast at Uncle Bill’s Pancake House in Manhattan Beach. We watched Michigan football win its homecoming game from Barney’s Beanery in Pasadena before heading to the Rose Bowl, where it all went downhill from there in truly spectacular fashion.

Life lessons, my friends. Sometimes these trips are nothing more than life lessons.

The final after extra time: USA, 2 – Mexico, 3.

L and A in LA

11224522_10105748922100843_7446696552826198740_nOnce upon a time, there were two sisters named Lauren and Alyson and they had no self control. And when their National Team was pitted up against the big, bad El Tri for the CONCACAF Cup and a place in the Confederations Cup, it was a proved to be an impossible temptation.

They bought tickets with the intention of reselling them.

Then they made the mistake of checking airfare.

It was irresistibly affordable.

And that is the fairy tale of how this weekend’s pilgrimage to the Rose Bowl came to fruition.

We’re withholding all of the juicy details for now so you’re just going to have to trust us when we say that this trip might be our most epic yet.

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We’re coming for you, Timmy Howard.

A Word About Organized Tours

When we planned our initial World Cup trip, we first inquired with a few organized tour group and the prices were insane. Truly absurd.

Don’t do that. Seriously, just don’t. Unless you truly need some company to take all of your money, plan out your every minute and select every detail of your vacation, you (and your pocketbook) are so much better off coordinating your own trip. Trust us.

It’s not that hard, boys and girls. Planning your own trip is so very attainable, even for those of you who are not information professionals. Jump on Tripadvisor, work up the courage, buy some travel insurance and get to booking.

Your trip is going to be so much less expensive and so much more you, not some generic “see the highlights of [insert city/country/region here]” tour where you’re scheduled to go on a garden tour even though you don’t give a damn about flowers.

Not to mention that booking your own trip keeps you from spending your precious vacation trapped amongst obnoxious weirdos in your tour group who you would never elect to spend time with otherwise.

Example: The Dentist from Brazil. Had we been on a tour with that fine fellow, one of us would have been convicted of murder. There is no doubt.

Book your own vacation. Go rogue. Stay where you want to stay. See what you want to see. Get stuck with only obnoxious travelmates who you already know and love. Your trip will be better for it.