Gatorland’s Gator Bait
Jun23

Gatorland’s Gator Bait

Florida has plenty to do, especially in the city of commerce-Orlando. There are plenty of amazing theme parks in Florida, however, I searched for something different. Gatorland offered a wide range of experiences from rare animal shows to a thrilling zip line. There were alligators everywhere; 1,800 to be exact. I couldn’t wait to interact with the opportunity to get up close and understand the large reptile. I was introduced to the...

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The Hidden Cave of Thakhek, Laos
Jun16

The Hidden Cave of Thakhek, Laos

A Hidden Cave, Thakhek, Laos Near Thakhek, Loas The area around Thakhek, Laos, is notorious for it’s limestone karst mountains and beautiful caves. There is the Buddha Cave; a small cave halfway up a cliff face that was full of more than 200 Buddha statues when it was discovered just a few years ago. There is Konglor Cave; 7km long with a river flowing all the way through it and boats available to take tourists on tour. However, my...

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Among the CloudsOn Tajumulco, Guatemala
Jun09

Among the Clouds
On Tajumulco, Guatemala

Climbing Tajumulco My boots crunch the gravel underfoot as I stare down a volcano. Tajumulco rises impressive before me, a ring of clouds surrounding its base, the only thing to hint this is the highest peak in Guatemala and all Central America. At 4,220 meters (or 13,845 feet) Tajumulco will be the highest mountain I’ve ever summitted. With one last look to the mighty peak, I stow my camera, lift my pack onto my back, and begin the...

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Desert Drive-through, Oman
Jun02

Desert Drive-through, Oman

It was not yet 8am when I zipped past the informal city limits of Muscat into open country. Traffic dropped off to a fraction of what it was a mile ago. I curbed the urge to speed up to avoid unwanted attention from speed cameras set every other mile. I was in Oman, the sprawling nation that made up the southeastern edge of the Arabian Peninsula. Oman is less glitzy, less in the news and hence less visited than its neighbor, the...

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Ramadan Dubai – What You Need to Know
May28

Ramadan Dubai – What You Need to Know

Ramadan Dubai – What You Need to Know Dubai is one of those bucket-list locations where everyone has to visit at least once in their lives – however, as I found out, the city is a far different place to be during Ramadan. When you think of Dubai, you think of a vibrant city with supercars whichever way you look and something going on at all times. However, that all changes during the Holy month of Ramadan, as the residents fall into a...

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How I Spent Six Hours in Versailles
May26

How I Spent Six Hours in Versailles

Versailles – there really aren’t words to describe it. Amazing, magnificent, dazzling, over-the-top, breathtaking just don’t do it. I had to see it for myself. And it is everything I ever imagined. I made a day trip from Paris to Versailles, twelve miles away and easily reached by train. The “RER C” train from the St. Michel/Notre Dame metro stop took me directly to the Rive Gauche station in Versailles and...

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Learnin’ Creole in Antigua
May19

Learnin’ Creole in Antigua

Island Arrival I touch down at a modern airport that began life as a dusty WWII airstrip. The sole immigration officer present carefully looks over my paperwork, but waves me through with a full toothed smile and a few words in a thick local island dialect – “ya mon – have a good time “! It’s my introduction to Antiguan Creole – and after a third go-round I finally understand him. British –...

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The Oma Painted Forest – Basque Country, Northern Spain
May12

The Oma Painted Forest –
Basque Country, Northern Spain

The Oma Painted Forest Basque Country Northern Spain There is nothing quite like an early morning stroll in a beautiful forest in the clean, fresh air, but this particular site truly took my breath away. The Oma Painted Forest is located in the heart of the UNESCO listed Urdaibai Biosphere Reserve, close to the town of Kortezubi in Basque Country, Spain and is a hidden and artistic treasure. I had the pleasure of visiting the site,...

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10 Ways to Eat Corn on the Streets of Mexico City
May05

10 Ways to Eat Corn on the Streets of Mexico City

Exploring Corn in Mexico City Corn has been a staple in the Mexican diet since long before Europeans ever got their hands on American gold, and it should come as no surprise that this delicious grain remains prominent in modern Mexican cuisine. Mexico City, the second largest city in the world, is brimming with street vendors offering up corn in mysterious and delicious forms, from familiar cobs to fermented drinks. If you are headed...

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Horseback Trekking in the Kyrgyzstan Mountains
Apr29

Horseback Trekking in the Kyrgyzstan Mountains

Karakol Livestock Market Horsemanship runs deep through Kyrgyzstan’s veins. Traditionally a nomadic culture, the ability to ride horses and ride them well was not only esteemed, but often necessary. In today’s culture, it is common to see men and women riding their proud horses through towns and villages and mountain passes on a daily basis. Regular riding competitions are held both nationally and locally throughout the year. In...

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