Crossing the border in Surrey, British Columbia took a whopping 4 minutes in line. The Canadian Border Patrol had three questions: "How long do you plan to stay?", "Do you plan to leave anything behind?" and "Have you ever been to Canada before?"Read More
Hitting the pavement is a show of its own kind. Manhattan is a style mecca where anything goes, and walking in any direction seems to be acceptable too.Read More
As you progress on your biking endeavors, and as the tight schedules open up and create allowance for vacationing, you will, from time to time, find it necessary or immensely tempting to carry your mountain bike on your tour. The prospect of tagging along a bike on an adventure is enormously exciting as it is challenging. In addition to readying yourself for the trip, you’ll be preparing your 2-wheeld companion for all phases of your journey. This post will, in addition to providing you with handy tips on how to travel with your bike on an adventure, be a reliable guide into the world of adventure with mountain bikes.Read More
Following my much-loved time in Namibia, our tour continued east to the next-door neighbor, Botswana. Botswana is a landlocked country in the south central part of Africa. Unlike some of the neighboring countries, Botswana is an economically stable and thriving country with interest in protecting its environmental resources.Read More
To the left, a single cloud of rain pounded on the earth below. To the right, the sun was in the process of rising from its slumber when we drove into Namib-Naukluft National Park. As we made our way down the path, I was mesmerized by the sheer size of the dark-orange sand piling up on either side of the road.Read More
We have family that lives in different regions of Washington State, so every few years we fly out for a long weekend and see something different every time. This trip was all about steelhead trout fishing, the Museum of Glass, and seeing if I could catch a fish at the Public Market. Of course, we had to make time for one winery because, come on, it's Washington!Read More
I am just going to be honest here: travel is uncomfortable. It is a series of hand gestures, charades, directional mistakes, uncertain surroundings, unexpected detours, ever-changing time schedules, and accommodation surprises.But isn’t that the whole point of traveling?Read More
The culture of Spanish food beats to its own rhythm, standing apart from all other cultural cuisines. Opposite of what many believe, Spanish food is not related to Mexican food in any way; truthfully, Spaniards don’t even like spicy food.Read More
The first week of our trip was spent in Bora Bora, acclimating to the gorgeous topography, listening to two dialects (Reo Maohi - Tahitian - and French), dodging rain, and sleeping in bungalows about 12 feet above the sea! We snorkeled around the property, but our planned snorkeling trips were canceled due to high winds and poor water visibility.Read More
It had to be the late 1980s. I was young, and the band “Petra” was killing it on the Christian music charts as they changed the face of Christian rock with their 80’s hair band style.I had no idea what the word “petra” meant. In fact, it was not until I was thinking about this blog and did research that I found out petra is the Greek word for “rock.”Read More
Ice crystals whipped through my hair as I stood with my back against the cliff wall. I helplessly watched as traffic zipped by, nearly hit our stalled bus, and barely avoided plummeting to the valley below. At that moment it hit me – How in the world did I get here, and why did I have to do everything the hard way?Read More
The Philippines, an island country located in the western pacific, stands out in its individuality. Although it belongs to the continent of Asia, the Philippines has many Spanish roots due to its history of Spanish settlement. Most of the populants of the Philippines live in Metro Manilla, the region of the Philippine's capital. However, there are many geographical divisions of the Philippines that are less populated but just as intriguing. Subic is a coastal city on Subic Bay that is northwest of Manilla. Subic is in the region of Central Luzon, and there are countless distinctions of Subic that attract the adventure seekers from all over the Philippines and the world.Read More
Temperatures in Florence, Italy, are more unpredictable because of its position in the valley, but they usually range from 30 to 80 during the year. While this is no proving evidence that Florence is the warmest city temperature wise, there are so many aspects that bring Florence its warmth. One of the three giants of Italy, Florence sits on the Arno River with pleasant bridges, streets, buildings, and views. The following are Florence features that permeate genuine warmth.Read More
Following an endless stream of eye popping photos on social media, Iceland is surely at the top of nearly every traveler’s destination list. Its unparalleled beauty and otherworldly landscapes are not to be missed, but the most important questions for anyone seriously contemplating making the journey should be "How do I plan for travel in a cold country with more sheep than people?" and "What route should I take to hit all the must-see sights?" In this post, I will answer these questions and more.Read More
My last visit to Joshua Tree National Park was twenty years ago in late spring. This time, opportunity has arrived under different circumstances: "the dead of winter" as we say in my home state of Minnesota. The most common reaction I initially received from friends is "You're going to southern California? It'll be nice to get away from the cold for a while." I soon learned a few truths: In winter, Joshua Tree National Park is neither dead nor warm.Read More
When people ask me if I would ever live long term in Spain, I tell them that there is only one place where I would: Granada. This is because Granada has so many faces and encompasses so many variations of life. It doesn't have extreme, painful winters, nor does it have a boring consistency of year-long heat. It exhibits a bustling city life but also offers escapes into the quiet life of nature. Granada has unbelievable royalty, but children still run around in the dirt next to the mountain's edge. Granada does not offer a one-sided life; you get to dabble in and peruse it all.Read More
Portugal, the underrated neighbor of Spain, lies in mystery and neglect. It’s hard to believe that this tiny country is actually the motherland of the massive Brazil, which is a popular, respected travel destination. Even if the rest of the world doesn’t realize Portugal’s potential, the Portuguese are proud, and they enjoy not having to share their coastal majestic land with mobs of tourists.Read More
Seville, Spain is the humble flower that blossoms next to the larger, beautiful ones but quietly takes the prize for the prettiest of them all. Seville hides in the shadow of its neighbors: Barcelona, Madrid, and Granada. It is a dazzling beauty immersed in a sunny glow that is waiting to be discovered by more unsuspecting tourists.
Seville is the prize of Andalucía, and it takes the crown deservingly.
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