Category Archives: Travel Images

Dear Seattle,

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Dear Seattle,

I took you for granted when I had you. I didn’t appreciate all you had to offer. The great food. Amazing artist.  Flannel fashion everything. Beautiful landscape. Ezzele’s chicken. Cafe Vita coffee. Angst filled Hipsters. Diverse culture (in comparison to Las Vegas…you’re still mighty whitey). The Nordstrom flagship store and KEXP.

Most importantly Seattle, I love you for the amazing quality of wacky, loving, kind, talented, and intelligent people I’ve collected there. Yes, you still get on my nerves. With your ultra liberal policies (I don’t nor do I believe in recycling, plus I like to litter at times…Stone Me!) Your super dog friendly establishments (dogs don’t belong in a restaurant. Period. Unless cats are welcome too.) Your passive aggressive, bad driving and desperate lack of Sun.

But hey, that’s what makes you, you. Although we are never getting back together, I’m so grateful  I’m afforded the opportunity to come back and spend a little quality time with you and your merry band of latte loving liberals. Rock on Seattle!

With Gratitude Always,

-Courtney A’mee Seard

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Shanghai, China

It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words, as every picture tells a story. A photo can convey what may take many words to express. Highlighting a mood, while capturing moments in time. I invite you to join my journey visually by following the_jet_set_diaires on Instagram.

Instagram is a mobile application that allows you to view and share photo’s with others in a quick and easy manner. Along with its mobile app, the site also has web-based pages where you can view users profiles. You can find The Jet Set Diaries webpage here at http://instagram.com/the_jet_set_diaries or follow me on your mobile device under the_jet_set_diaries. I invite you to see a bit of the world through my eyes and experience a part of my travels and life journey.

So come join the visual adventure!

-Courtney A. Seard

Peace Within Me…

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Peace Within Me…

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I’ve been to Hong Kong over twelve times in the past four years. Simply put, Hong Kong is one of my favorite places on earth. While looking at my Passport today, I realized I’ve visited that fair city four times in 2011.

I feel in love July 2001. Durning my first trip to Hong Kong. Each trip I take, I always return to Ngong Ping, Lantau Island, to see my lover; the Big Buddha. I once went there 3 hours before my flight departed, spending less than 20 minutes there. Just enough time to walk to the Buddha then head back. It’s that important to me. I choose to close my trips to Hong Kong there. Burying the past and setting intentions for my future.

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Real House Music… Episode 44 by DJ Nathan Scott

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~House Music Chicago Style~

~House Music Chicago Style~

DJ Nathan Scott:

Episode 44:Real House Music… Chicago Style

http://djnathanscott.podomatic.com

This is one of the best house sets out there right now, embodying the original feel and spirit of house music’s home and my home Chicago, Il. I’ve begun to start my day with it each morning. One hour of  soul  quenching beats. Hell yeah! I mean how could you not have a joyous day with a harmonious start like this?!  When the music builds and “I’m addicted to drums and I’m a slave to the dark beat” blares I mean really,  how does it get any better than this?

When Humanism Meets Aviation….

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"Bee, Butterfly, Dragonfly" by: Anne Scott

“Art In Nature”                                                                                 A Portland International Airport Art Exhibit

To me, airports are magical. They are a portal to adventure, freedom and escape. Art embodies the same meaning to me. Transporting me to new worlds, sparking my creativity and imagination just as traveling does.  So when you combine the two, airports and art, it’s a mash up made in heaven.

I have a great fascination with airport art, as it embodies the charter of its city, representing the influences of its people and history. Nothing pleases me more, then as I make my way through the airport, amongst all the hustle and bustle and find hidden in plan sight magnificent artwork.

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Passport to Adventure

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Various Transit Cards Around The World

One of the main reasons I love traveling, is the constant feeling of renewal and discovery I have each time I arrive to a new city, or one I haven’t fully explored. Knowing that an undiscovered world awaits me, I love nothing more than grabbing a map (I also use iPhone “maps”… I’m old school and need something tactile too) a coffee and hitting the streets ready for adventure. There is no better way to discover a city than by using it’s mass transit system. Now taking public transit where I reside is another story, (a story of not happening) but travel is about expanding, so I go.

With map in hand, iPod in ear and feelings of enthusiasm adventure and fear, I journey into the heart of these cities. New York to Chicago, Tokyo to Hong Kong, San Francisco to London and beyond, I’ve discovered new sides and character of these cites and myself immersing myself in local sites off the beaten tourist path.

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A City At Night

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Hong Kong Lights

I love the city when the sun goes down and the cities lights come on. As a child I took great joy watching the city of Chicago sparkle bright as the sun set. Buildings shining bright giving the skyline a majestic glow, the city a shine of pride. As an adult no matter what I am in, I still treasure the sights of this wondrous daily transformation.