This month I bring back one of my favorite experiences I had when I was living in South Korea. After meeting a few locals I had them take me to eat some Sannakji (live octopus) at the Jagalchi Fish Market in Busan. And well.... it was an experience for sure.
This video comes from recent travels to Cape Town, South Africa. Came upon some outstanding street performers. Lucky had my camera out already taking other pics so I was able to capture this moment. Cape Town was a complex city with a lot going on and on the whole South Africa was fascinating. Two weeks and I felt I didn't even scratch the surface, definitely wouldn't mind going back one day. This video is also available in 1080p HD so adjust your YouTube settings. Enjoy!
After years of traveling all over the world I have a ton of raw footage that I have never released. So from the Buftravels vaults here you go! These videos are of varying quality and time frame so some footage is better quality than others. Lucky many are available in 1080P HD like this one. I will kick it off with some wild footage of the Robot restaurant in Tokyo, Japan. Don't even try to make any sense of it, believe me. Make sure to check in each month to see where I'll be next. Cheers!
I used my Canon Powershot SD1000 (left) for over 10 years. It was with me from the snow laden mountains of Pennsylvania to the vast expanse of Oklahoma, and across the world to the fjords of Southern New Zealand. I even took pictures of my first car with it, captured my marriage proposal with it, and my commissioning into the military. The time had come to retire it to the drawer only to appear for house parties and family occasions. With that said, the pictures on buftravels got a lot more interesting since I upgraded to a Nikon D3300 back in 2015. If your in the market for a camera I humbly recommend the entry level Nikon D3300, 400, or 5400 series of DSLR. Here are my top five reasons why.
Buftravels just got back from its latest adventure to South Africa. And when I say adventure I mean it; safaris, locals, helicopters, cage diving with great white sharks, running a marathon through lion territory, we got it all! Check out the quick post here or go to the South Africa page on top to see all the pictures.
So its been quite a year. Being an active duty officer and a Battery Commander with over 80 Soldiers and families cut into my "blogging time". But hey its all for MERICA! Having a year long hiatus in internet speak is equivalent to digital suicide but don't count Buftravels out. We've been here since 2012 and I don't plan on stopping anytime soon. I am out of command for the next 2 months or so. That's gives me a window to tell you about the past year in review and the end of the great Asian adventure which began in 2015. Lets do this! First addition, Thailand...
Stopping along the coastline in the Samecheok region with the fams.
Long and awaited the second chapter has arrived. Busan, Samecheok, and Seoul the capital city of the Republic of Korea. The parentals enjoyed some raw rockfish, temples, endless beaches, a land locked cruise liner converted to a hotel and more. Get ready people we're going to the finish line. Cheers and as always great travels.
-Larry CEO/ Founder of Buftravels.com
Joking aside, my parents are going to be visiting to one of the most exotic places Buftravels has been to thus far, South Korea!
So what happens when you've spent 50+ years of your life in the good old USA and then get dropped half way across the planet? I guess we are going to find out. I have quite a few special surprises planned to make sure we have an "eventful" time. But if you knew my parents you would know it isn't that hard to get something eventful out of them. I think "unpredictable" is the word. Roll up your sleeves and grab some chopsticks, a bottle opener, and hiking boots. Its gunna be an interesting two weeks.
Let me just apologize for my long hiatus. Unfortunately, the Army is pretty busy in Korea. Between administrative nonsense and this asshole (pic below) I don't have much time.
The good news is that in the past 3 months or so I have been able to do a few exciting things including traveling to Samcheok, South Korea to run a half marathon with the wife. And believe me, in Korea there was some strange oddities along the way. If terms like "boat hotel" and "penis park" don't mean anything to you, after reading this post they will.
See how I ended up in this situation on my BUSAN page under the South Korea tab or just click here! Oh yeah and see what happens next.......how did it taste you ask? Well...
HELLO! I know its been a long time. I do sincerely apologize for neglecting you for so long. Unfortunately, the Buftravels website isn't gunna pay my bills so I have to prioritize my military career first. Pictured above is a gorgeous picture of me sporting dog face. Unfortunately, I have been receiving hate mail from dogs across the country saying its racist. Anyway, as promised we have a lot of catching up to do. Basically covering my great adventure from NC to OK and the stops in between. If you want to see first stop in my journey click the "read more", I be waiting on the other side....
Well folks, I didn't want it to come to this, but I'm back in school again, two schools actually. So for the next six months posts may be spotty as in they won't be happening. I know, I'm also devastated. Just remember to keep Buftravels in your hearts because when I get done I will be covering destinations in Oklahoma, Texas, Atlanta, and Memphis! For now you will just have to be left with this little gem of a video from one Dom Mazetti. Next time you see a d-bag curling in the squat rack you can think of this, enjoy = )
Let's just say I know a guy. I was given the opportunity to go along for a 2hr training flight. Thought I would share a bit of the highlights, enjoy.
Only 6 weeks out from the race. Really needed to step up the training, I thought, hitting mile 7 on a 14 mile stint. It was getting dark and I wasn't enthusiastic about getting clipped by a car with the way people drive in Fayetteville. I decided to transition to the treadmill at the neighborhood gym.
Soon enough, I found myself limping back home cursing the whole way. Never transition from outdoor running to a treadmill. I earned myself a messed up knee and three weeks of recovery. Of course my pride was stronger than my common sense and after minimal train up and knee brace in hand I was driving to Pennsylvania for the Pocono Mountain Marathon. This could only go one way and it wasn't looking good.
A friend mentioned that he was doing a half marathon in Asheville, NC; arguably one of the best destinations in the state. The opportunity had finally arrived. Of course I had to give myself trouble and sign up for the marathon as well. If your a fan of the outdoors and small town intricacies, look no further than Asheville. My only regret was that I couldn't stay longer.....and maybe running all those hills....
Looking like a kid in a candy store. It has all of the best elements; fire, food, its tactical. I used my REI gift certificate to get a Jetboil cooking system. I have not had the opportunity to test it the field yet. I feel a product review coming in the near future though ; ) And yes, I know it specifically says not to use indoors. I never said I was a good example.
If your reading this and thinking "story of my life" your in the right place. Too often we are convinced that we're going to do something, new, unexpected, and adventurous on our long weekends. Monday rolls around, and we still haven't made it off the couch to do simple tasks like go to the grocery store, take that box to the post office, or even get a haircut. The weekend becomes a "lazy hangover" of your work week. Break the cycle people; start making the most out of these glorious days. Think bigger than weekend chores, much bigger.
The ominous task of packing. Some of us can brush this task off in an hour. Others spend three days packing because who knows, they might need that fleece cap on that trip to the Bahamas. I'm not perfect, (and that's an understatement) but let me try to tread the fine line between carelessness and paranoia when packing for that overseas trip. If nothing else you will come away with my top ten (you wish you hadn't packed them) items for 2014.
Finally, the holiday season arrived. I could get the hell out of the South as I continued to check the weather on my phone. 18 degrees in my hometown of Pittston, PA. My wife rolled her eyes and grumbled. Like most people she isn't a fan of the cold. I don't know if its because I grew up there for 22 years but there's something about snow and mountains that I just can't get enough of. It was a great time to relax and enjoy the typical holiday festivities along with a brief stop to Washington D.C. to cap off the New Year.
There's nothing like an extended weekend at the beach, especially in the Outer Banks of NC. It was cold, but it still has the best coastline on the Eastern Seaboard in my opinion. Known for its exclusivity and tranquil atmosphere it is the perfect place to get away for a few days. Unexpectedly, it offered a number of opportunities made enjoyable by the colder climate.
The marathon...I probably shoulda prepped a bit more extensively; it was only a half so I survived. I even managed to squeeze out 17th place of the 104 runners in my age group. I know its shocking, but drinking and lack of sleep are not the key to success for running. We worked our way around the northern part of OBX to include Nags Head, Kill Devil Hills, and Manteo. There's is a lot more that meets the eye on a cold day at the beach.
The fall season is upon us again. Cool winds, rainy days, and leaves falling across the ground. Just as quick as it arrives it departs like a shadow in the night. Oh, and did I mention the greatest holiday in existence? I'm talking about Halloween of course? All of you haters out there; I challenge you to find me another holiday that has something for everyone like Halloween does. Kids get mountains of candy, teens get underage costume parties, adults get an excuse to drink, and the elderly get attention when kids knock at their door. Yeah... how about that philosophical bomb. Though it is traditionally a local holiday, getting out and traveling during the season may give you the most fright for your flight. Try any of these prospective Hollows Eve locations to really get in the spirit.
I was driving home from a long day of work when my car suddenly announced in its sarcastic robot voice, " ANNIVERSARY IN 2 WEEK, CONGRATS LARRY". I realized I was woefully unprepared this year.
I have no idea what men have left in the imagination department on their 30th Anniversary. That's probably why they just start buying expensive shit like diamonds and cars, they can't think of anything else.
I've been with my wife for 8 years. That's eight birthdays, eight Christmases, eight Valentines Days, I think your getting the idea. Its not easy to keep your woman impressed after you continue to one up yourself year after year. So I did the only thing I could do; drank whiskey and hit the Google Search button on my desktop. What I found turned out to be a perfect weekend in Savannah, GA.
Recently I had the chance to get down to Myrtle Beach, SC. It is long overdue since I've been at Bragg for nearly 4 years now. I packed a lot into 48hrs; from beach fronts to black swamps to Georgetown harbor, I was moving all over the place. And the kicker, my parents were in town.... now we are really in trouble people.