Pearl Jam, Fear and Loathing, Tourists, and Miles

I still haven’t figured out how to title these random posts so my apologies.

I’m asked a lot how I decide on my vacation spots. I don’t have a certain method. For instance, we went to Prague since I wanted to see the Christmas Markets. We ended up in Malaysia to visit friends that we met in Botswana. We went to South Africa for the World Cup.

And most recently we visited Trieste, Italy for a Pearl Jam concert. The Better Half loves Pearl Jam. I mean really loves the group and knows the words to every single song. During a concert in Toronto TBH was singing her heart out and the woman in front of us turned around and said, “I’m amazed that you know all the songs!” She wasn’t annoyed in the least by TBH’s singing and they became buddies for the night.

I haven’t had a chance to organize the photos from our latest trip, but here are some of the photos of the Pearl Jam concert. I hope to share more photos of Trieste next week.


Another book that I recently completed from my 1001 list was Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson. I wasn’t sure how I would like this book. I’m one of those oddities in this world. I haven’t tried any drugs. Not even pot. I know a lot of you don’t believe me, but I’m telling you I haven’t. I have an illness that causes heart issues so I figure it’s probably best I don’t mess around with drugs.

Saying that, I thought a book about drug use might annoy me or I might not be able to connect to it. However, I found his writing to be hysterical. Most of the book I was chuckling and at times I was laughing out loud. Also I found his insights to be, well insightful. The book was published (1971) before I was born but a lot of the issues he discusses are still pretty relevant today.

Last Saturday we went to Borough Market to buy some cheese. I love going there and sampling different cheeses to find the perfect one. The sellers are usually really kind. Cheese shopping makes me thirsty so when I spied The Market Porter I marched right in. The outside area where we enjoyed our drinks and people watching was pretty filthy. I don’t think this is the pub’s fault. I saw many market goers who weren’t even patrons of the pub throwing their trash or placing it on the window ledges. I hate seeing people litter like that. Why do they think others want to pick up after them? The inside of the pub was unspectacular. However I did enjoying sampling a new cider called Lady in Pink. It was yummy and the location of the pub does provide free entertainment. Tourists are funny. One group of ladies was having a ball taking silly photos with sausages they purchased. I was laughing too much and didn’t get any photos.


On Sunday we took Miles on a picnic. He absolutely loved it! Not only did he keep stealing some of the cheese but he was able to play with Red Ball.


Miles was knackered when we went home and didn’t get out of bed the next day until nine.


Have a great weekend everyone!

About TBM

TB Markinson is an American who's recently returned to the US after a seven-year stint in the UK and Ireland. When she isn't writing, she's traveling the world, watching sports on the telly, visiting pubs in New England, or reading. Not necessarily in that order. Her novels have hit Amazon bestseller lists for lesbian fiction and lesbian romance. She cohosts the Lesbians Who Write Podcast ( with Clare Lydon. TB also runs I Heart Lesfic (, a place for authors and fans of lesfic to come together to celebrate lesbian fiction.
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36 Responses to Pearl Jam, Fear and Loathing, Tourists, and Miles

  1. Borough Market!!! I didn’t get the chance to go when I was back in Lon 😦 CHEEEEEEEESE!!!

    It’s only midday, but I feel like doing what Miles is doing.

  2. Colline says:

    I agree with you on the litter issue TB. If people took care of their own garbage, our environment would look a lot cleaner.
    As for trying drugs of any sort, I haven’t either. Guess I don’t like the idea of losing control.

  3. aFrankAngle says:

    At least you didn’t forget the ball for Miles!!! After all, we wouldn’t want to be banished from the pubs again!!!! …. and on your upcoming Trieste post, don’t forget to show the sign mentioning it’s where I was born. 😉

    • TBM says:

      How could I forget! And Miles has discovered that he likes going to the pubs with us since he gets all the attention so he may have to come up with a new punishment if I forget Red Ball.

      • aFrankAngle says:

        LOL …. Oh that Miles is has a slick mind …. nothing like an attention-seeking dog.
        FYI: I’m hosting an important blog party this weekend. Hope you can drop by … and your friends are welcome.

  4. Geoff W says:

    Tired pup! I’m glad you enjoyed Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. I’ve never read it, but it was on a “best travel books” list I looked at recently.

    • TBM says:

      Best Travel Books. I can kinda see that. He is describing Vegas before they made it family friendly though.

      • Sam says:

        I really enjoyed Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, too – sans any drug experiences. The way Hunter S. Thompson fleshes out the whole experience plus having old Vegas in there is fun.

  5. Rorybore says:

    I can’t remember where I put my sunglasses.. .but I have an uncanny ability to remember the lyrics to any song I’ve ever heard. forever. very strange.
    I saw the movie for Fear and Loathing … but it’s one rarity where I had not read the book first. I should for comparison.
    ggggrrr, litter bugs. hate that. I wish we had some kind of market in our small town – it would make for an nice weekend outing.

    • TBM says:

      TBH can never remember where she put her keys so it sounds like the two of you are alike 🙂

      I can’t stand it when people litter but I’m not brave enough to confront them.

  6. I love these random posts :). It’s like a quick summary of how cool your life is. That Pearl Jam concert looked amazing!!

    • TBM says:

      PJ always puts on a good show. When we saw them in Norway in 2012, Eddie (lead singer) was sick but the only reason I knew that was he said he was sick. Usually he chats with the crowd during the concert, but not that one. Oh and he was drinking water and not wine during the concert. It amazes me that he drinks wine during an entire show. Wine makes my throat feel dry sometimes, but it doesn’t affect his singing at all.

  7. Miles looks so happy on the picnic — possibly how TBH looks when she’s watching Pearl Jam or you when you’re sampling cheese.

  8. I haven’t read the book but have the movie on the shelf waiting its turn. Your concert experience sounds like great fun!

  9. Aww, Miles! That’s how Rocky looks every day.
    How did you like the city of Trieste? Have never been there.

    • TBM says:

      Trieste is a lovely city. It’s the first city we’ve visited in Italy and I think it was an easy introduction since it’s not such a tourist area. There are tourists of course, but the whole city doesn’t cater to them if that makes sense. And the views are stunning.

  10. elisa ruland says:

    Love Pearl Jam…what a fun trip!

  11. We were also in South Africa for the World Cup! 🙂 What games did you see while there?

  12. pattisj says:

    My daughter was a fan of Pearl Jam. It’s good to see Miles all tuckered out after a fun day.

  13. I remember Borough Market. So many great offerings, it’s hard to choose. Best to come hungry.

    I’m glad that Miles got some quality time with Red Ball. Reggie is the only dog I know who doesn’t enjoy chasing a ball. But he does believe in taking power naps.

  14. Emma says:

    Rock, cheese and literature, my kind of post.
    I want to read this book too. (I love your project, btw)

  15. Letizia says:

    I love the randomness of this post, it made me smile 🙂 I’m always happy to see photos of Miles (his smile is contagious). Did you get a chance to visit Trieste when you were there?

  16. Novroz says:

    I want to see Pearl Jam too…but there’s no news of them coming here.

  17. Jo Bryant says:

    Miles looks like he really had a great time. Might have to take Chevvy for a picnic now the weather is getting better. Sad to say I was one of the ones who not only tried but enjoyed drugs back in the 70’s. My debauched youth was well quite debauched. Oh dear.

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