Why Nerds Travel (Pt 1) – Stories (Inspiration)

When MARLON of Nerdcoolture said he was working on a series of blog posts about “nerd travel,” I immediately volunteered as tribute. After all, I basically started this blog to talk about the intersection of my wanderlust and geekery, and I had recently gone on the nerdiest trip of my life (so far).

And while Marlon and I had first “met” during a remote podcast*, we really connected over the topic of planning geeky vacations. So I’m excited to be blogging about the topic in collaboration with him. A little about Marlon – he’s all about bringing the geeky into everyday life, particularly through fashion! He’s also super into the Simpsons and takes epic travel photos.

So what is “nerd/geek travel”?

It’s travel but with a geek lens! Marlon and I are exploring this idea and what it means to us individually with this series of posts. I hope you’ll stick around for all of them as we talk about what inspires us to travel, how we prepare for trips, and how we keep it all geeky!

Marlon already posted his Inspiration for Nerd Travel (spoiler: video games!) on Monday, which I hope you’ll check out. And now I’m sharing what inspires me to travel…

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November 6 on 6: Gold

I’ve been meaning to participate in the 6 on 6 photo challenge started by Emma at Scruffy-Little Nerd Herder, and this month, I finally remembered to do it!

The rules are simple: take 6 geek themed photos and post them on the 6th of the month. There’s also a color prompt for each month to help guide you. For November, the color is gold, which is a color I love. So I had to participate!

1. Books – Anyone who knows me knows of my lifelong love of books, and they always make for such lovely photo subjects. My collection of gold-foiled books is woefully small though. My favorite new thing in this photo is the book necklace. I bought it during my recent visit to Salem, MA at the House of Seven Gables made famous by Nathaniel Hawthorne. The necklace contains a fragment from the 1851 first printing of the House of Seven Gables!

2. The idea of Fall – I’m from southern California, so Fall isn’t really a season around here. Most of the trees on my street are still green right now. But I love the idea of fall, especially the kinds of fall those of you who have actual seasons rave about. This pic is a bit of a cheat since I took it a few weeks ago, but it’s from my New England trip. It was my first time experiencing one of its famed autumns, and the leaves were stunning. I had more pictures than I could Instagram at the time, but in going through them, I rediscovered this one of the fallen foliage submerged in the Concord river. It was a gloomy day in Concord, MA and the leaves shone like gold in the water from my vantage point on the Old North Bridge, where the U.S. Revolutionary War started. The Revolutionary period is my main history nerd passion. So this excursion was especially meaningful to me. It was one of my favorite days of my trip.

3) Travel – While I’m generally a homebody, I do have a bit of my mom’s wander-loving spirit (hence this blog – read more about it here). Taking annual or bi-annual trips has been fostered in my sister and me since we were young, and now that we’re old enough to be planning adventures on our own, the wanderlust is even stronger. Here’s a collection of recent travel souvenirs from near (Disneyland!) and far (Paris!).

4) Hamilton swag – Related to my love of the Revolutionary period and my history nerdom, I love Alexander Hamilton. He’s long been my favorite Founding Father, so you can imagine my utter delight when I found out about the musical. And even better, Hamilton the musical is absolutely incredible. I’m about as obsessed with it as I am about the man himself; I flew across the country (twice!) for this!

5) Bicentennial Medallion – More history geekery. After my trip, I went poking around at an estate sale and found this beautiful medallion. It’s from 1976 and seems like it was a commemoration souvenir for the United States bicentennial. How. freaking. cool.

6) Loki – Norse mythology was never as fun as its Greek counterpart to me, but I always did enjoy the Loki stories. Trickster gods always spice things up. So it worked out when the MCU made me and my sister into Loki fans. We loved him so much, we named our dog after him, which turned out to be appropriate because our Loki is as shifty-eyed and mischief-making as his namesake. And I adore him to pieces. Depending on the light, his eyes go from deep amber to warm gold.

What do you geek out about? What’s your 6 on 6?

Potterweek: PotterParks

The folks over at Common Room are celebrating Harry Potter this week with Potterweek – a week long web event with shared content about one of the most magical series out there. You can check out the prompt list and details here.

I’d wanted to participate but got my dates mixed up and thought I’d missed it. Luckily, I’m just in time for the prompt I wanted to write about since it’s also part of my 30 Before 30 list – PotterParks!

I haven’t been to the Wizarding World in Orlando, which is the dream, especially since they added Diagon Alley and the Hogwarts Express, but next year, a version of the Wizarding World is opening up at Universal Studios Hollywood! So I will hopefully be able to go to that and report back.

For this post though, I want to talk about how amazing it was to go to the WB Harry Potter Studio Tour in England with my sister and college roommate, M. No, there weren’t any rides or character actors or shows, but it was still so much fun and beyond cool because the studio tour had the actual sets they built and the real props and costumes. It was wonderful walking through so many years of cinematic Harry Potter history.

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