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La Différence

So much of the drama that unfolds daily in America and across the world boils down to simply viewing the world around us in different ways. Politics, both in the ...

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Is It Safe?

Aren’t you worried? Aren’t you scared? Why are you going…….there? It’s fascinating to me that over the last few years, increasingly when I tell someone that I have a trip ...

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Go East, Young(ish) Men

Maybe we didn’t go as far as we could have, and maybe we aren’t as young as we used to be, but traveling with a couple of friends you’ve known ...

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Where To Go

Conde Nast has compiled a list (complete with a slide show) of ...
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The New Peru Movie

If you have a few minutes and you want to get an ...
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52 Places to Go in 2015

The New York Times has an amazing list of places to put ...

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Brexit?

If you’ve been on planet Earth for the last week or so, you are no doubt aware that Brexit happened. I thought I’d take this opportunity to provide a brief tutorial on what this is all about and what it means for travelers. Huh? So what in the world is this all about. The story […]

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Why I Went to Vietnam

Everyone has their reasons for traveling to certain places. Take the beach, for example. Although it’s not something I can do for days on end, some people really seem to enjoy sitting  in the sun and watching the waves roll in. Some say it relaxes them, some go to get a tan, while still others […]

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Parisian Ambience

I’ve written before about my love affair with the city of Paris.  It’s beautiful, but there is something about the character of the city that is a unique mix of warmth and coolness, simultaneously.  It stimulates me and relaxes me to be there.  It matches my occasionally melancholic mood. A few weeks ago, I spent […]

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Bond, James Bond

It’s an interesting phenomena that your favorite “Bond” is probably the Bond that you first saw. As they say, you never do forget your first. For me, the first Bond film I watched all the way through on my own was A View To Kill. It isn’t the best Bond, and some say it’s one […]

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ME.

A roommate once asked me, in a less than friendly tone, why I was so fixated on travel. He immediately followed with his own answer to his question. He informed that it was because I seemed to be trying to be “better than” my surroundings. He told me that I needed to accept what my […]

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Let’s Go To The UK!

Are you looking for an amazing travel experience that is both fun and educational? I have a great opportunity for you to travel with me to the United Kingdom! In May 2016, you can absorb the history and amazing cultures  of London of Edinburgh with Toland Travels. Your days will be spent seeing the sights […]

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Look! Up In the Sky! It’s…….DragonCon!

It’s that time of year again. No, I’m not talking about back to school time, or the start of autumn. It’s that time of year when average Joes decide to throw on their best superhero costumes and turn some of America’s great cities into the futuristic metro areas of comic book lore. Throughout the summer […]

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My New Restaurant

If I could, I would open a restaurant.  I would open a restaurant that would have  a casual, yet hip atmosphere, and played great music.  My restaurant would incorporate aspects from the restaurants and cultures I’ve experienced all over the world. As with all dining establishments, location is paramount.  Mine would be found just on […]

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The Peruvian Learning Curve

A friend of mine has a theory that you can make pretty much anything sound gross/dirty/horrible simply by adding a Latin America place in front of it. Bolivian Lemon Drop Guatemalan toilet set. Tijuana Taco. Let your imagination run with it for a while and you’ll get the idea. Before this past June, I had […]

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Four Days In……Chicago

“My first day in Chicago, September 4, 1983. I set foot in this city, and just walking down the street, it was like roots, like the motherland. I knew I belonged here.” Oprah Winfrey I think you’d be hard pressed to find a city that’s better at making someone feel at home than Chicago. I […]

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