Archive for October, 2016

Cool places to see in Denver

As I’ve mentioned in previous posts I am a recent transplant to Denver from England. Since I’ve been in the Mile High City, which I’m starting to think is an apt nickname for reasons other than its elevation, I have made a conscious effort to get to know my new home. This has included discovering some really cool places that I am convinced everyone should see. Since this post isn’t long enough to name them all, I’ve only included a few of my favorites places to visit in Denver.

 

  1.  The Colorado State Capitol

 

One of the first places I made time to visit was the Colorado State Capitol Building, and I still go back on occasion. I was pleasantly surprised by its neoclassical design, which is reminiscent of some of my favorite buildings back in England. This is also what draws me back whenever I get homesick. I simply love the iconic gold dome, and I should point out that it is also an important part of the Denver skyline.

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  1.  Molly Brown House

 

This small house doesn’t look that different than other turn of the century homes, but the simple fact that it is the former residence of “The Unsinkable Molly Brown” makes it a must see for visitors and Denver residents. The home has been turned into a museum dedicated to the socialite and activist, and I assure you a visit here will be well worth your time.

 

  1.  Dinosaur Ridge

 

I know that this is a little ways out of Denver, but if you are fascinated by dinosaurs it is worth the short drive. The trails can be a little steep at times, but when you get to the natural landmark you will be glad that you made the effort. After all, where else can you see fossilized dinosaur prints that look almost as pristine as when they were first made. There is also a museum and of course the chance that you might discover a fossil of your own.

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  1. Clyfford Still Museum

 

Even if you don’t like or even “get” abstract art this museum is still worth a visit. The entire building is devoted to the painter and minimalist artist Clyfford Still, and with several exhibits you might be surprised to find one or two that you like. If nothing else, he is considered one of the most influential painters of the 20th century and that alone makes his museum one of Denver’s “must see” attractions.

 

  1. City Park Golf

 

I know it is a little strange to see a golf course on a list of must see places to visit, but trust me everyone should play a couple of holes on this one. First of all it has been consistently voted one of the best municipal golf courses in the country, and it literally has something for all types of players. There are 7 golf courses so beginners can take their time and pros can breeze on by without any problems. There is even a course that will keep kids happily occupied. It also doesn’t hurt that City Park Golf is meticulously maintained, and I swear it looks just as good as some of the courses I’ve played on in England.

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How Is It Like to Be a Travel Assistant?

Like any other job, being a travel assistant has its perks and not so good moments. But I love my job and I cannot envision myself doing something else, at least at this point in my life. Let me tell you about how my day starts. If you are a coffee lover, like I am, you know how important it is to get your bitter fix first thing in the morning. The main problem is that, from the very first moment I take a seat in my chair, my phone starts ringing. And that is when all the beautiful chaos begins, and my coffee ends up being postponed for lunch and sometimes even later when I get to think whether I should still have coffee or not.

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It is something challenging and highly motivating about being a travel assistant for different people. They need routes to be thought out cleverly, they need the best, yet the most affordable accommodations in the city and they need to get where they want fast. Even more so, a travel assistant must be pretty much a know-it-all, when it comes to the unexpected. Of course, having access to Internet makes things easier for travel assistants in this day and age. Sometimes, I just need to visit several websites and get their best quotes so I can offer my clients the best solutions for their needs. Please do keep in mind that I used the word ‘sometimes’. More often, I have to draw an entire route using bits of information in my head, then run fast comparisons, using the same internal calculator I have implanted in my brain, and come up with the best and most decently priced option.

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After that, I need to get back to the client and let them know of my findings. If they are satisfied, then that is all good. But that is not always the case, and I have to go to the drawing board once more, so I can find some alternatives that are more to their liking. There are times when they change your mind, and I need to start from zero. All this back and forth takes time and energy, and I have yet to encounter a day when I’ll have just a client or two on the line. Usually, I must juggle with several of them and I need to keep track of everything they want and need, without wasting valuable time.

The most rewarding moment is when a client calls and says that everything was fine and that they want to hire our services again. That is when a travel assistant knows that they did a great job!