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Name: portia
Hometown: Santa Cruz, California, USA
Location: Santa Cruz, California, USA
Join Date: November 19, 2005
Contributions: portia has written about 477 places, shared 19,112 photos, left 2,983 comments, and smiled 3,285 times.
Interested in: meeting new people, showing people around my hometown, sharing travel tips and blogs
Travel Plans
dream destination
Prague, Czech Republic
dream destination
New Zealand
dream destination
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Countries I've Traveled To
Languages Spoken
Chinese (Mandarin), English, a little French and Russian.
Books you might find in my backpack
Music you might find me listening to while waiting for my plane
Most Memorable Travel Experience
Kayaking in the completely calm waters of Antarctica with icebergs all around us (I have not ever kayaked anywhere else!)
Seeing sunrise over the Himalaya mountains including Mt Everest.
Born and lived in Taiwan and then moved to California, graduated from UCLA and worked in aerospace and computer industry. I retired in 2005 and became a photographer/artist. In 2007 I opened a studio in town for portrait photography. Check out the link to my web site if you like. I keep busy wrangling my Siberian Huskies, painting, drawing and taking photos and playing on the computers (instead of working on them). Enjoy traveling with my family and friends.
lauro says:
did you rented a car? or went by a tour?
Posted on: Apr 07, 2017
lauro says:
im very excited what you have took pictures of! im glad you liked vik! i love it! its so... i dont know, so lonely and melancholic - very inspiring for poets.

my gosh portia - many of my blogs are unfinished! if it gets featured - sometimes i dont have the motivation to write them till the end lol.

did you do a round around the island?
Posted on: Mar 31, 2017
lauro says:
my gosh portia sorry for the late reply! we were planning so many stuff to do in israel that i havent time to log in in tb! well i am excited to see your pics! 3 weeks is a lot of time compared to the days we were there! i hope you saw the northern lights just as we did?!
Posted on: Mar 30, 2017
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portia's Travel Blogs

Jul 13, 2016 – Jul 26, 2016
took our first European river cruise on the Rhine, went to the Hague and Delft again to see the Vermeers. …
Overview 2,358 words 1,178 1 28
This blog was featured on Thursday December 15th, 2016
Caribbean cruise with old friends 2016
Jan 29, 2016 – Feb 07, 2016
A group of us from elementary school got together for a reunion and celebration of our years of a milestone birthday! …
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Aug 17, 2007 – Nov 26, 2015
We spent the weekend in Mammoth Lakes with fellow travbuddies larry and cindy who just got back from a long trip to India, Bhut…
Overview 1,137 words 147 25 77
This blog was featured on Monday March 28th, 2016
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portia's Travel Reviews

Cheap "General Tips & Advice" in San Francisco, California, USA
I am planning a trip to China in a couple of months and started to look into how to get my visa.…
Expensive "Restaurants, Cafes & Food" in Amsterdam, Netherlands
I looked up this restaurant before leaving home, we actually wanted to dine at its sister restau…
Free! "Hotels & Accommodations" in The Hague, Netherlands
Great location, nice hotel. The room we had was not very large, and in the center of the buildin…