Memories from Nepal’s Annapurna Circuit
Apr09

Memories from Nepal’s Annapurna Circuit

Finishing I remember reading about trekking the Annapurna Circuit online last year. “Trekking? Pfft,” I thought, “trekking’s just another word for walking. Anybody can walk, right?” But as Bill Walker bluntly puts it in his book Getting High: The Annapurna Circuit in Nepal, ”You simply can’t fuck around with the Himalayas.” I should have taken that advice to heart. It was a stark...

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What are Russian Hotels Like? In Defense of Russia and its People
Feb06

What are Russian Hotels Like? In Defense of Russia and its People

The media has been arriving in Sochi over the last week in advance of the Olympics, and it’s clear that there have been some surprises regarding Russian accommodation. The Olympics haven’t even started yet, and Twitter is already on fire with such “atrocities” as having to wait a bit for a room, tap water that’s not potable, having to throw used toilet paper into the wastebin instead of the toilet, and...

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Taking Pictures in Brussels
Dec21

Taking Pictures in Brussels

I already wrote a good bit about Brussels (and why I love it) at my friend Michael Hodson’s website Go See Write: A Photographic Journey Through Belgium’s Christmas Markets Rather than say the same thing here, I’ll let the pictures do the talking. Last in my series of Belgium Christmas Market posts,  here’s Brussels in all its December glory:                 As I’ve...

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A Very Belgian Christmas: Glorious Ghent
Dec17

A Very Belgian Christmas: Glorious Ghent

I spent most of last week in Belgium exploring the markets of Bruges, Ghent, and Brussels. This is the second post of three in my Belgium Christmas Market series. Exceeding Expectations I had a feeling I was going to like Ghent, but I had no idea I would like it this much.     Ghent began to surprise me as soon as I alighted the tram in the middle of the main square. Having just come from Bruges where everything is small and...

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A Very Belgian Christmas: Beautiful Bruges
Dec15

A Very Belgian Christmas: Beautiful Bruges

Last week I visited Bruges, Ghent, and Brussels. I loved it, and needless to say I think you should go there too. I’m going to feature stories and photos from each of these places over the course of this week. That way you can see the Belgian markets for yourself, whether you can get there this year or not. Here’s the first: A photo essay of Christmas Markets and wintertime travel in Beautiful Bruges. Bruges Christmas...

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Why You Should Go to Siberia This Year
Dec03

Why You Should Go to Siberia This Year

A Winter’s Journey to… Siberia? While most of your traveler friends count the days to their tropical island getaways this winter, you might consider bucking the trend and heading somewhere that’s completely off the beaten path. Siberia might not top anybody’s list of winter travel destinations, but it holds untold rewards for those willing to embrace the challenges of traveling there. Here are 5 reasons you...

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