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Costa Rica Calls My Name

When I first got the thought to travel to Latin America, the first place I thought of going to was Costa Rica. You can blame that on advertising and marketing for this tropical country with monkeys, zip-lining tours, beaches, and lush, green jungles. It seems only slightly less cliche and touristy than going to Cancun, […]

Getting to Canoa from Quito Quick and Cheap

Planes, buses, and automobiles. One would think a plane is faster than a bus. Not always. Time is relative. For some people driving five hours in an air-conditioned SUV to go to a beach for the weekend seems like an ordeal. For those in Ecuador, five or even seven hours on a bus to get […]

Finger Lakes Wine and the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail

Why do I never hear about New York wine? In all my years of drinking wine, I never knew that New York is the third biggest wine-producer in the nation, after California and Washington. New York has much stricter interstate shipping laws than California. Therefore, you will not see New York wines in places outside […]

Las Vegas Offers More Than Gambling

Las Vegas Offers More Than Gambling

Circa: The Strip. For tourists, Las Vegas conjures up images of neon lights, lively entertainment, and extravagant hotels and restaurants. And of course, the lure of casinos. Gambling has existed in this town long before roller coasters, pirate shows, and musical dancing water displays. Today, many locals only step foot on the Strip when out […]

Why South America is One of My Top 5 Places to Go Next

Once you get the international travel bug in your system, it is hard to shake.  That is how it is for me.  In perfect cliche style… I want to see the world.  Before I ever left this country many years ago, I had no idea what a big world I lived in. After you venture […]

Happy Friday! Chicago Bike Ride

Happy Friday! Chicago Bike Ride

“Happy Friday!” Several bike riders shout these words as they cruise down West Randolph on a Friday afternoon.  At first glance, an outsider may think that this is just a bunch of riders glad that it’s Friday.  However, as you attempt to cross the street, you notice this is only the beginning of a long […]

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Australia Through the Eyes of an Ordinary Man

I grew up as an eighties child, so one of my first memories of the land “down under” is a place where women glow and men plunder. Of course, at that time, I had no idea what Men at Work meant by that phrase. I’m not sure I even do now. Around that same time, […]