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Travel in Place: The “Sonoran Dawg”

I haven’t experienced the taste of a Sonoran hot dog since the 80’s and my introduction to international travel. However, I rediscovered them years later right here under my nose. Mexicali Crossing I wasn’t sure what to expect crossing the Mexican border for the first...

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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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Just Before Eight in Central Mexico

It's just before 8 p.m. when Héctor abruptly veers his white van onto the dusty shoulder. Hermanos Serdán International — our dimly lit destination — haunts us from across the interstate. This is so close that my accomplice could probably reach beyond his side mirror...

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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 — More Corvallis Urban Canvas

Just like my first post featuring the urban art murals in Corvallis, I again exercised my Travel-at-Home under lockdown option to walk the downtown core and surroundings, capturing more of the 30+ art installations for you. Urban Canvas: Cougar Under The Bridge...

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Travel-in-Place — Corvallis, Oregon’s Urban Art

Just like in a third of the US, this week Oregon’s governor issued a statewide Stay-at-Home order to flatten the Corona virus pandemic curve. Since travel beyond getting the essentials is now strongly discouraged, I chose to exercise my Travel-at-Home option and walk...

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Enjoying in Emerald City: Enchanted by Seattle

The glass sculptures were astonishing. Just once in my life I had visited a glass blowers’ studio, accompanying my daughter’s school study trip. Yes, I had seen the demonstrations of the glass being melted, blown and shaped into a delicate form. But nothing prepared...

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Elkin, An Urban Delight
Along the Mountains-To-Sea Trail

Somehow I only recently learned about the Mountains-To-Sea Trail. Though a bit of an outdoors enthusiast, if not exactly a fitness nut (I’ve been thinking about walking some of the Appalachian Trail for years, to cite one example, but haven’t yet started), this is...

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