Global Local Traveler - How To Be One
How to be a global local
The perfect breakfast;
strong coffee, a fresh glass of water, two pintxos and a somewhat pretentious book that aims at solving world peace. you give up after the intro and just enjoy life around you. the clatter of plates, chatter from the locals, blaring noise from the TV, traffic from outside.
everything is just so... normal and you're part of the tapestry. you're one of the locals, immersed in the daily life, and yet you're a visitor for a few days, maybe a week or two, passing through. it's an oddly exciting feeling. But, the difference is that you're not a tourist. you're a local, someone who enjoys the small moments - and this is how the magic happens... how doors open.
Pintxo is the Basque spelling of the Spanish Pincho, deriving from the verb "pinchar" which means to poke or stab. It also refers to a spike, i.e. the toothpick that keeps the food anchored to a slice of bread that makes up the base of a pintxo.
Pintxos are often mistakenly called tapas, but if you're in the
Basque Country, you better know your stuff and call it a pintxo like the locals.
Pronounce it in Basque (YouTube)
...or, as we who live in the area, a little bit tongue-in-cheek, call it: "Brooklyn North". Kingston dates all the way back to 1652, became the first capital of New York State in 1777- and was promptly burned down by the British after the Battle of Saratoga the same year. Not nice.
Our first President, George Washington, signed the peace treaty with the Brits not too far from here, in Newburgh, but took the time and swung by Kingston in 1782 for a visit -and we got the plaque to prove it!
The city of Kingston, became a wealthy town during the Industrial era was thriving thanks to being a major railroad hub for commercial train traffic, but sadly declined once the railroads started shutting down in the 1970's.
Today the city is coming back - swinging! The first sign was the overhaul of the waterfront, the popular Roundout area. Next came the historic Stockade District and now it's all about Midtown. The beautiful Victorian houses are being spruced up and the town is bustling with energy!
World-class restaurants, bars, shops and real estate is booming.
In 2012, Mr. Gerard Celente bought all the real estate in the historic Four Corners, the only intact pre-revolutionary intersection in the country. One of the buildings today houses a very popular bar and bookstore, Rough Draft, which also doubles as a pop-up bakery!
Come and visit, stay in one of our many B&Bs around the area - and explore the area! We're here to help you find the perfect FIT!
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