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Toledo: The World’s Finest Swords

Toledo: The World’s Finest Swords

It was a sunny yet cold morning in the ancient town of Toledo, Spain. I could feel the tourists’ happiness wandering the narrow and colorful streets, delighted to explore a place that offers such a historical and archeological uniqueness. For no other reason, it is...

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An Ode to Life Magazine and Gordon Parks

An Ode to Life Magazine and Gordon Parks

An Ode to Life Magazine and Gordon Parks As part of my trip to Brazil, I wanted to pay homage to one of my favorite photographers, Gordon Parks. In 1961, Parks released a photo series for Life magazine, "Freedom's Fearful Foe: Poverty" transporting Middle America from...

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Walking Montepulciano

Walking Montepulciano

"Hear, all ye drinkers! Give ear, and give faith, to our edict divine - Montepulciano's the King of all Wine!" - Francisco Redi, 1685 The Wine Vino di Nobile has been celebrated since Etruscan times, but it was only 50 years ago that the wine was officially classified...

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Sparkling Caves and Baby Dragons in Slovenia

Sparkling Caves and Baby Dragons in Slovenia

Postojna Caves and Baby Dragons in Slovenia My underground journey began with an open-air train ride. I felt like I was in an Indian Jones movie as I flew through narrow subterranean passages, and past wide open spaces with stalactites hanging like crooked teeth. The...

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Driving the White Villages of Andalucia

Driving the White Villages of Andalucia

Andalucia and its White Villages Driving the White Villages of Southern Spain Driving in a foreign country can intimidate the best of us. My first time driving in Southern Spain, I worried about mysterious traffic rules and weird signage, all of which would be in...

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Kandy, Sri Lanka

Kandy, Sri Lanka

Kandy, long considered the cultural capital of Sri Lanka, is a 3-hour train ride from the largest city, Colombo, and was my first destination after arriving from the airport. At the station, right under the iconic Lotus Tower in the capital city, I watched locals pay...

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Corpus Christi, City by the Sea

Corpus Christi, City by the Sea

In the summer of 2020, my crew got a call late at night to pack our bags and head to Corpus Christi, Texas. Hurricane Hanna was headed for South Texas. As a traveling lineman for over ten years, I knew what this meant for our team and what it meant for the locals....

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Street Animals of the Caucasus

Street Animals of the Caucasus

Why are They So Friendly in the Caucasus? Expat life, in many respects, is often a tale of two cities, so to speak – you learn to appreciate the (often nuanced) differences between different locales where you reside. I spent my formative expat years in Thailand....

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San Miguel at Night (photos)

San Miguel at Night (photos)

A Night View of San Miguel de Allende 12 Days and 11 Nights in San Miguel After spending 12 days of exploring San Miguel de Allende in the center of Mexico, I never grew tired of this fantastic city's character and vibe. I was happy to explore and meander the stone...

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A Tasty Journey Thru Johannesburg

A Tasty Journey Thru Johannesburg

“Have you ever tried sweet paan?” My tour guide asked me this question as we walked along one of many busy Johannesburg streets, in search of local treats. We had parked in Fordsburg, the Indian quarter of Johannesburg, South Africa. Fordsburg is a neighborhood with a...

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Mrauk U: Lost Time and Forgotten Treasures

Mrauk U: Lost Time and Forgotten Treasures

The medieval ruins are so remote that time nearly left them behind. Mystical fortresses crafted with jaw-dropping architectural panache, towering over rice paddies and rural villages as the petrified remains of a long-lost empire. This is Mrauk U, the enchanting...

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Waterfall Wonderland: The Columbia River Gorge

Waterfall Wonderland: The Columbia River Gorge

It is only 80 miles long but contains over 100 waterfalls. Eleven of these are over 100 feet high with the 620-foot drop of Multnomah Falls as the most famous and accessible. The vertical basalt walls of the gorge go from sea level to nearly 4000 feet. The Columbia...

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Breaking the Con

Breaking the Con

Each year, one event commands the attendance of the world’s greatest superheroes and villains - San Diego Comic-Con. Since 1970, like-minded mighty humans, inhumans and other-worldly good guys and bad have stepped out of the comic books and movies, and gathered along...

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Tartu, Estonia, and Christmas

Tartu, Estonia, and Christmas

Christmas in Estonia Tartu, Estonia, is the First Country to Use a Christmas Tree Snow falling, children singing, and lights shimmering. This is the scene of a Christmas tradition set in the beautiful city of Tartu, Estonia. Three months into my eleven-month stay, I...

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