PRODUCT REVIEW: NOMAD CARABINER LIGHTNING CLIP

As a true minimalist, and as airport security standards were becoming more stressful and cumbersome, I found myself seeking solutions for traveling with as little as possible at the outset of this year. The first thing I did, was ask myself how I could have one lightning cable to sync devices (not 3 or 4 – every reduction of items counts when your aim is to travel as lightly as possible, trust me!) Then, I wondered how I could have something that was easily accessible (not having to search numerous pockets in bags for it) and I found this Nomad Carabiner-Lightning Clip. It truly has been the answer to my travel quandary. https://www.hellonomad.com/carabiner-lightning?gclid=Cj0KEQjwmIrJBRCRmJ_x7KDo-9oBEiQAuUPKMl5LdtR4h8W4NM3jLgavFPceIxNwXGbnFOB3U3tMCy0aAtuo8P8HAQ
I love it because I can clip it on and take it off of any bag at any moment, depending on my needs. It is so compact that I don’t have to deal with unruly cables when I sync my Mini iPad to my laptop. There’s no “mess” when I need to do this quickly, like on a short layover in an airport or a transfer at a bus station (and it doesn’t draw attention to all of the devices I’m carrying, with cables expansively spread – in case ‘strangers’ are curious and want to illegally obtain my belongings.)
Thus far this year, I’ve taken it to Beirut, Lebanon, on my street art adventures in New York City, on my trail adventures in upstate New York, on graffiti hunts in Orlando, Florida, and on bike riding excursions along the beach coast in Florida. It is durable, the clip stays strong, it hasn’t loosened at all. It’s capable of rugged living, for sure, but it is not certified to serve as an actual climbing carabiner if you’re planning an Everest trip, let’s say. For more information on this incredible minimalist travel accessory, please check it (and all of the other products they offer!) out at: https://www.hellonomad.com

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Strong and durable clip. 
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Charging and syncing in a hotel in Beirut, Lebanon. Feb2017
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At the beach. April 2017.
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Being “rugged” in upstate New York. March 2017.
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As a keychain…
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With the iPAD mini. (Apple MFi approved)
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Hanging out on a rucksack on Florida’s Space Coast. May 2017
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More charging and syncing in Cocoa Beach, FL. May 2017. 
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COCOA BEACH, FLORIDA & AROUND: …IS NOT ITS STRANGENESS…

“(What makes this world so hard to see clearly is not its strangeness but its usualness). Familiarity can blind you too.”  ― Robert M. Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values





7may17. Cocoa Beach & The Jetty, Cape Canaveral, FL

COCOA BEACH, FLORIDA STREET ART: MERMAID by DAVID ROTHMAN

“I must be a mermaid, Rango. I have NO FEAR of depths and a great fear of shallow living.” ~ Anais Nin

More information on this artist can be found at: https://www.drothmanart.com

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may2017. Cocoa Beach, FL

 

MIAMI, FL GRAFFITI: “IT WAS THE MARINE STADIUM”

Built in 1963 by a then-28 year old immigrant from Cuba, Hilario Candela, it was the first stadium designed specifically for powerboat racing in the United States. Over the years, it has fallen into disrepair, but good news, Gloria Estefan is behind the push to renovate it and bring it back to its former glory!

Note: We entered at our own risk. People are NOT ALLOWED to just visit it and walk around. You will be met by angry work crews telling you to get out and security that will tell you that you can’t take any photos. 

Do it the right way: We were told that you can get a ‘visitors pass’ from a city department somewhere. I guess, just google it. 

Walking around with Miami-based, international street artist, Chytea:










29dec16. Miami, FL.

ILLINOIS IMAGES: THIS IS WHAT IT IS TO BE HAPPY

“I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery—air, mountains, trees, people. I thought, “This is what it is to be happy.” ― Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar

Views from the train. Illinois, USA. 17nov16.