MORE SEPTEMBER TRAVEL QUOTES

The weather is changing, so are the seasons.

One thing that hasn’t is doing a 30 Plus Teams Tour of somewhere .

You haven’t gone anywhere yet?

What are you waiting for ?

Let these quotes inspire you to travel and live your best life.

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WHY I HATE GOING THROUGH UNITED STATES CUSTOMS

Last November I took a 30 Plus Teams Tour of Ottawa, Canada.

I mentioned in my post how much I liked going through Canadian Customs as opposed to United States Customs.

Now, when I mention customs , I’m not only talking about them.

I’m talking about you too, TSA.

I have no problem getting to JFK , Newark Liberty , Philadelphia International , and Las Vegas McCarron International Airports very early and basically taking off most of my clothes, rearranging my suitcase and dumping out liquids because this is the world we live in here in the United States basically since 9-11.

What bothers me more than anything is no matter if I’m coming home ftom Asia or Europe or doing a 30 Plus Teams Tour of somewhere in Canada , why do I dread going through United States Customs so much?

I understand that the hard working men and women of the United States Customs have a job to do, but is it a requirement on your resume for this job to be a complete douchebag and act like an asshole ?

Would it hurt so much to smile when you ask a tourust coming here for the first time , ‘How long will you be in the United States ? ‘

Or when you’re asked , ‘Do you have a place to stay while you’re in the country?’

Can’t you at least PRETEND to be friendly when you ask all of us, foreigners and Americans your 50 million questions ?

It’s not any of your business why I spend so much time in Malaysia , especially Kuala Lumpur .

If you must know, though, it’s because I worked with Malaysia Airlines and I just love that country and that city.

You could learn something from the Malaysian customs agents, who are mostly women in very beautiful navy uniforms and hijabs, who get you in and out of Malaysian customs quickly, asking the very same questions .

They do it with a smile , by the way .

I don’t feel like I’m a criminal or terrorist when I’m asked, “What’s the nature of your business in Kuala Lumpur ? ‘

Or when I tell a Canadian customs agent just why I’m in Canada.

They smile right away when I mention that I’m in the country for a hockey game and even make small talk.

Don’t ask me a question that insults my intelligence as an American by asking me, “If you ‘ re an American then what’s the capital of the United States ?”

Don’t laugh, I was actually asked this by a United States customs agent at Toronto Pearson Airport on my way back to Boston .

Being the smart ass New York gal that I am, I just had to be “that girl” and reply, “I was out of the country for 4 days. It was Washington DC when I left. Was it suddenly changed to Detroit while I was away?’

Needless to say, I also wanted to know who this jerk’s supervisor was.

I’m not sure if he was joking, but are you for real right now?

If I, as an American feel this way about United States Customs agents , I certainly understand why foreign tourists don’t want to come here .

I know you have a job to do, but really ladies and gentlemen , whether you know it or not, YOU are the first Americans that foreigners see, and it’s really not a good optic .

It’s downright embarrassing to be that rude not only to foreigners but Americans

returning home as well .

Can’t y’all make going through United States Customs a little bit more pleasant for all of us?

A VISIT TO FENWAY PARK

This was a 30 Plus Teams Tour of Boston after all and even though the National Football League(NFL)champs, the New England Patriots, had their home opener, and championship banner raising ceremony the same night an hour or so away in the town of Foxboro, Massachusetts, the Sports Diva and one of her Circle of Sisters just had to go to that shrine of major league baseball, Fenway Park in Boston .

We were there to see the home team Red Dox play our favorite baseball team , the New York Yankees .

If you happen to be doing your own 30 Plus Teams Tour of Boston, say in the months of April until September , I would advise taking in a game at one of the oldest baseball parks in the country , Fenway Park .

It opened up in April of 1912, and it would have made news at the time, except for one other incident .

The Titanic sunk on the same day.

Next to Wrigley Field in Chicago and Yankees Stadium in New York City , if you go to one ballpark, Fenway would be it, even if you don’t know baseball .

Go there for the ambience , not to mention those mouthwatering Sausage and Peppers sandwiches sold by the vendors on Lansdowne Street .

You can go to any game there, just check the schedule .

Or go at a fun time when the Red Sox are playing the Yankees , their rivals like the Sports Diva did.

It doesn’t matter if both teams are playing well, stinking up the joint or if just one team is stinking up the place.

It’s a Yankees and Red Sox game .

Half the place will be dressed in Red and White, for the Red Sox and the other half will be wearing blue and white pinstripes with the interlocking NY on it,you’re going to have a fun time just listening to all the smack talk between fans of both teams, even if you haven’t got a clue what either side is talking about .

You can take a tour of Fenway Park for $21, but do what I like to do, walk around the inside AND OUTSIDE of the park just to see it.

Take in your surroundings , especially the CITGO sign in the neighborhood and that big green wall in left field known as ” The Green Monster “.

You might not understand why but stand up and sing along with both Red Sox Nation and opposing fans in the singing of “Take Me Out To The Ball Game.”

Or better yet, in the bottom of the eighth inning, join in the new tradition of singing “Sweet Caroline”.

The game itself might be boring to you, but you won’t be disappointed in your visit to iconic Fenway Park .

SOME PICTURES FROM MY 30 PLUS TEAMS TOUR OF BOSTON

I went to Boston from September 6-9 with one of my Circle of Sisters .

She had never been there before , so I was the unofficial tour guide .

Needless to say , there was a sporting event going on, because it was a 30 Plus Teams Tour and that’s just how the Sports Diva and her friends roll, but more on our excellent Yankees and Red Sox adventure at Fenway Park in another post.

Right now, enjoy some pictures from my home , Boston .

GOING HOME HELLO BOSTON

Here’s the answer to the question, where is the Sports Diva’s next 30 Plus Teams Tour?

What city is she going to ?

The answer is a place that was my home for 13 years and a place that I always escape to whenever I want to leave the stupidity that is New York City .

It’s the home of three of my favorite sports teams , the Bruins , Celtics and Patriots .

It’s also known as ” Beantown ” or just, ‘The Bean’.

It’s Boston , Massachusetts and God willing , I will be there for 3 or 4 days .

Since this is a 30 Plus Teams Tour , there will be a least one sporting event or more that I will be attending .

It’s the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox at one of the oldest baseball parks in the country , Fenway Park and as usual , I’m bringing my readers with me .

Enjoy this 30 Plus Teams Tour of my home , Boston .

WHAT’S IN MY SUITCASE ?

Here we go again.

The Sports Diva is going on another 30 Plus Teams Tour of somewhere .

Y’all know what that means, right ?

It’s another addition of what’s in my suitcase .

Going away for about 4 or maybe 5 days not sure yet.

Not taking a lot of shoes this time.

Just my sneakers for all the walking that I’m going to do.

As this is a 30 Plus Teams Tour , yes there will be a sporting event or two going on so you’re going to see the Sports Diva at her Team Sports Apparel Fashionista best.

It’s starting to get a little cool so a sweater or hoodie or two is going in my bag.

Can you guess where I’m going this time ?

I might not be wearing all of these but over packing is better than under packing .

My bag from the M snd M Store in Las Vegas . My blue Sketchers drawstring bag , my packing cubes, which has made packing oh so much easier , and my black handbag from Payless Stores, which unfortunately , are out of business now.

My outfit for going away . Shirt ftom Atlantic City , pants from the Loft Store in Boston .

Outfit for returning . Pants from my cousin. New England Patriots jersey from Modells Sporting Goods Store in New York City .

Pajamas from a relative , and making the trip my stuffed animals , Gleyber and Aaron

Sorry for the mess, but it’s my blue suitcase , which I never have used believe it or not and my Yankees cap.

Shirts , shirts and more shirts.

More shirts and pants. I’m going to be very casual going to this place.

Have you guessed where I’m going yet ?

You’ll just have to wait for my next post to see if your guess was right.