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Geekiness

Pinterest Traveling

Recently, Pinterest added a new feature: Interactive Boards. These are meant to be used for travel related boards. If you enable this feature, you will see a world map where you can tag places from your pins using the Foursquare API. I spent some time doing this on Wednesday and it was very fun. You can add a place on the map by mentioning the specific place (For example: Colosseum in Rome) or you can search by city.

The picture above is a screenshot of my travel board. There are some pins that I still need to add on the map, while there are some that are related to travel but don’t talk about a place/city in particular. I will be adding more pins soon so I can keep testing the “pins” on the map. When you click on one, it shows you a tooltip with useful information about the place, like telephone numbers and address.

This is definitely a nice feature and I’m sure a lot of people will take advantage of it, especially when you can see those places presented on a World Map. Travel websites or magazines must be ecstatic about this new feature.

I’m planning on making a new board of places I’ve visited and add my own pictures. It will be nice to see how more “pins” get added to the map as I travel more.

Lifestyle

Reno, NV

After traveling for three weeks, I must say that I am exhausted. It was a wonderful trip and I would do it all over again, but it’s definitely tiring. The time difference, plus the multiple flights are probably the worst part about traveling. I stayed in Reno for eight days, and while I enjoyed it, Reno is not my kind of place, especially because of the weather. Here in Puerto Rico it’s humid every day of the year. In Reno, humidity is non existent. My lips were like a crocodile’s skin and I got nose bleeds every day. There’s not a lot to do in Reno but it’s nice to visit for a few days. One thing I loved is how easy it is to drive there, traffic is light and it’s very hard to get lost. Another great thing is that you will find shopping centers everywhere, usually within a two miles from each other.

I was there primarily for the Elks USA Convention, which was very nice. I became a member some time ago and it’s a good way to do more community service. I am the Youth Activities Committee Chairman so the exhibits were very helpful, I was able to take information home with me that I can use as inspiration for future activities. One thing I noticed is that I was probably the youngest member (there were young people but they had the guest name tag instead of member. I felt out of place at times but sometimes that’s part of the fun. Next year the convention will be held in New Orleans, which is a city I really want to visit, let’s see if I’m able to make it next year.

Another place we visited was the Nevada capital, Carson City. It was pretty but I found it to be very boring. Not a lot to see for the common tourist.

I stayed at the Peppermill Resort which was really nice, the only thing I hated was the cigarette smoke at the casino, it was way too much and you have to walk through the casino to get to places so it was annoying. Overall, if you like casinos, driving around and dry weather, then you will probably like Reno.

Here are a few pictures, I will upload the rest to my Flickr account.

I’m still settling in at home but I wanted to make a post about the first part of the trip, I will make another post for the Atlanta part of the trip. Hopefully I’ll be able to publish it within the next two days. There is so much going on with my life right now that I want to write about a hundred posts. I’ll get there.


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