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A Unique Souvenir from the Big Apple

A Unique Souvenir from the Big Apple

Bringing popular souvenirs from a country back home is as much a tradition for travellers as clicking a selfie at some Instagrammable joints in the country. On the last day of my holiday in New York, I realized I had not bought a single piece of souvenir yet. Since my...

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An Encounter with Waterfire in Providence

An Encounter with Waterfire in Providence

The river walk was slowly filling up with people. Expectant, exuberant and excited. They lined up on the promenade and on the bridges over the river. They sat on the steps leading to the water. They sat with their legs dangling over the river. Slowly the sun set over...

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Finding Americana: The Cody Nite Rodeo

Finding Americana: The Cody Nite Rodeo

As people who grew up in coastal cities, I am not accustomed to Wild West cowboy culture, aside from what I’ve seen in TV and movies. But when international travel came to a halt in 2020, I packed up the car and drove through the Western US from my current Seattle...

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Norman Rockwell Museum, an Immersion in Art

Norman Rockwell Museum, an Immersion in Art

A drive through the Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts brings one to Stockbridge, a quintessentially New England town, with magnificent scenery. On a hot, summer day last year my husband and I drove through these parts with one goal in mind - to visit the museum...

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Keep Austin Texas Weird

Keep Austin Texas Weird

It was hot, way too hot, and I just came back from a whiskey distillery. Civilization was floating by through our window, while Eddie Vedder's Society was playing in the background. The thermostat read 100°, but inside the A/C was on full power. The interstate was...

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Silversmithing in Breckenridge’s Arts District

Silversmithing in Breckenridge’s Arts District

When I think of Breckenridge, Colorado, I immediately think of skiing, so I wasn't sure what to do when meeting a group of friends there during the off-season. Imagine my surprise to find myself trying my hand at silversmithing¦transforming clay into a silver pendant!...

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Travel in Place: The “Sonoran Dawg”

Travel in Place: The “Sonoran Dawg”

I haven't experienced the taste of a Sonoran hot dog since my first baby-steps into international travel -- a hot dog elevated to a culinary experience. That was in the early 80's, but in all these years since I've yet to find a match. Since travel and food are so...

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Italy May Have Invented Pizza,but Di Fara Perfected It

Italy May Have Invented Pizza,
but Di Fara Perfected It

New York is one of my favourite cities. I first visited the city four years ago, and it made a vivid and broad impression on me. I could not get enough of the towering skyscrapers, Times Square, Central Park, and New York-style pizza. Yes, I never knew that I would...

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Looking Back on White Earth, Minnesota

Looking Back on White Earth, Minnesota

My father saw gnomes as he neared death. They started with their backs against the paneled walls of his living room, moving closer and closer to him each day. He wasn't scared though. Rather, he appeared to be comforted by them. After Dad died, a hospice grief...

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Travel in Place: A Covered Bridge Tour in Oregon

Travel in Place: A Covered Bridge Tour in Oregon

Covered bridges entered Oregon's Willamette Valley in the 19th century along with pioneers settling the Pacific Northwest. Over 400 of these wooden relics of a past time are estimated to have been raised in Oregon, mostly from 1905 to 1925, but only 51 remain today....

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