Category Archives: Destinations

Can I live in a Palm House, please?

Once I lived in Washington DC.  When I needed to see palm trees, I would visit the US Botanic Garden next to the Capitol.  When I lived in Ohio, I could go to the Franklin Park Conservatory.  But I cannot … Continue reading

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Pre-thoughts on the Arctic

I wanted to arrive in the Arctic confused because I wanted my senses to feel everything. These are pre-reflections on an exotic journey. Continue reading

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The Northernest place

Reasons to visit the arctic circle, with walrus commentary. Continue reading

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Pyramiden: An Arctic Ghost Town

I am at a ghost town in the Arctic called Pyramiden. For decades, over a thousand Soviets worked here mining coal, raising families. Now I wonder why we like ghost towns so much Continue reading

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A day in Longyearbyen

I am in Longyearbyen because I haven’t been here.  And because I will never be here again.  I am here because it is Midsommar, the summer solstice (although the solstice doesn’t really matter when the sun won’t set again for a couple … Continue reading

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My French Fry Limit

In the French Fry paradise of Bruges. Or, maybe I mean Flemish Fries. Continue reading

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Initial Impressions: Downtown Portland

From freegans to texting bikers: Initial observations upon arriving in Downtown Portland. Continue reading

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Visiting Chico, California

Have a weekend to spend in Chico, California. Are you visiting Chico State? Local advice on the top things to do in Chico. Continue reading

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When the Real is Surreal

It all seemed pretty normal until I thought about it. I’m just on vacation wandering the streets in a strange city, but it doesn’t feel strange because I am actually experiencing it first person. Until I look up and realize how surreal this is to be in Graz, Austria. Continue reading

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Colorful Waves of Foam

Wanna see a cool art exhibit? Katharina Grosse’s colorful waves of foam at Kunsthaus Graz. Continue reading

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