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Amsterdam to the Alps

I just got back from a week abroad, visiting friends and exploring some of the Swiss and French Alps!  It was a great trip, full of bicycles (and wrecks), trains, hiking, rain, boats, and some amazing surroundings.  I put together a few videos to share it all with you. First up, is a my travel […]

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Always Be Honkin’

It’s an odd phenomenon to travel by automobile in a second or third world country. There’s no need for radio. In fact, during your entire time in the car, other drivers will serenade you. You (or your driver), will most likely add to the aural deliciousness. Everyone, it seems, is blowing his or her horn. […]

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That Time I Paid A Man In Istanbul To Beat Me Up

I love a massage. Seriously. I have had hot stone massages, Indian oil massages, Thai massages, Swedish massages, Chinese massages, and once a kindly old lady on a subway car in Berlin even rubbed my shoulders when I was looking particularly haggard. It was in Istanbul, though, that I asked for a massage, and ended […]

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I Spy

I’ve traveled for many reasons over the years. I have traveled to explore, to relax, to learn, and for work. However, once I traveled as a spy. Let that sink in for a minute. I was once a spy. I’m not kidding. I’m not writing a piece of fiction. Now, to be completely honest with […]

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An Italian Love Story

It’s Valentine’s – that made up holiday in which the western world celebrates the martyrdom of Valentinius.  The funny thing about it is that no one seems to remember why.  In fact, other than the fact he was killed on February 14th, no one seems to know anything about him.  Oh, sure, there are lots […]

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Sexo Italiano!

Once upon a time, there was a beautiful city built upon the water.  Instead of streets this city had canals, and in the middle of this floating city there was a large, open square.  The city was called Venice, and the square was San Marco’s Piazza.  Just a block away from San Marco, there was […]

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Jim, The Japanese Pocket Dog

This is the third in a series of stories about my trip to Russia shortly after the fall of the Iron Curtain in the 1990s.  The first two entries can be found here and here. As part of my month long, teenage journey to the very “new” Russia, it was deemed that each person in […]

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London Underground Art

The folks over at Buzzfeed.com have put together a stunning collection of artwork advertising the London Underground/Subway from the early 1900s.  These are only a few.  Follow the link and see the entire set.  I want a few of these to hang around my house! http://www.buzzfeed.com/ailbhemalone/20-gorgeous-vintage-posters-for-the-london-underground  

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AERO-flop

I was recently asked about my experiences flying, and if I had any horror stories.  I’ve been on a lot of planes over the years, and all of them have been great. All of them, that is, except for one.  I had the honor/horror of flying on Aeroflot, the Russian National Airline nine months after […]

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Fancy French Pizza – It’s easier than it sounds!

Ok, in full disclosure there isn’t anything really French about this pizza or any other pizza, but it is a great, light summer dinner, and it goes very, very well with white wine.  I speak from experience here.  This recipe is easy and looks like something out of a gourmet kitchen.  It’s currently one of […]

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