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Redondo Beach, Plenty to Do Despite the Drizzle

The Gorgeous Light After the Rain

The morning that I woke up to go to Redondo Beach, I checked the weather. Rain and lightning storms. I thought about canceling my plans, but luckily I didn't. I knew it wasn't a long drive, so I decided to go for it. Redondo Beach is only 40 minutes south of where I live in LA, and I was dying to get back on a paddleboard. When I arrived at the Redondo Beach Hotel, the sky was blue and it was surprisingly warm. I hoped the storm had blown past. I … [Read more...]

Pittsburgh’s Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens: The Center for Sustainable Landscapes

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Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, a great steel and glass Victorian greenhouse, once part of a dirty steel mill city has now been transformed into one of the world’s most energy-efficient structures. With the greenest public gardens of the world, it has put Pittsburgh on the map serving as a model of sustainability for the next century. Located in Schenley Park, one of Pittsburgh’s largest wide green areas, the Conservatory complex is … [Read more...]

Winding the Watch of Island Time

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I was in such a hurry to get to the Micronesian island of Kosrae, such a hurry to see its isolated beauty, such a hurry to begin my first year of teaching—in such a hurry to be out of my old life and in this new. After arriving, I wanted to jump right in, get my new house settled, fill it with food, set up the computer, arrange my classes and office, drive the length and breadth of the landscape and snorkel my fool head off in the island’s … [Read more...]

Which Hawaiian Island Should I Visit?

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The Hawaiian Islands are all unique Chооѕіng whісh Hаwаііаn Island to visit оn уоur vасаtіоn саn bе a lоt lіkе a rеаllу gооd рrоblеm tо have. I mеаn іt doesn't mаttеr which оnе уоu choose, you're still gоіng tо be in раrаdіѕе. And thаt'ѕ juѕt thе thіng... you hаvе your сhоісе of gorgeous, exotic dream lаndѕ tо сhооѕе frоm but depending on what kіnd оf реrѕоn уоu аrе thеn уоu mау hаvе an іdеаl Hаwаііаn Iѕlаnd thаt wоuld fіt your реrѕоnаlіtу … [Read more...]

The three places you should visit in Uruguay – as soon as possible and slightly off season

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I arrived in Uruguay at the very end of a four months backpacking trip. I was exhausted, and all I wanted to do was rest, lay in the sun, enjoy the sea breeze, eat nice food and write. My expectations were met and exceeded, and by the time I boarded the first of a number of flights that would take me back to Sardinia, I knew I was in love with the country and would have to go back in the future.   Locked between Argentina and … [Read more...]

Loco Moco: The Ultimate Hawaiian Comfort Food

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What is it? One of my all-time favorite Hawaiian foods, the Loco Moco is a concoction of ground beef, a fried egg, gravy and sticky rice. Let me tell you, if you have not tried it out be sure to mark it down on your bucket list. It’s even easy enough to make on your own! Being the melting pot that Hawaii is, the LocoMoco is living proof that when Western cuisine meshes with Asian, good things happen. Really good things. Before I begin to … [Read more...]

Road Trips: Why Do We Do Them?

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Road Trips. Have you ever wondered why people go on road trips, when we can easily book a fully planned holiday from one of the local travel agencies? Planning and booking a road trip is a downright hassle, but I promise that once you’re on the road, you’re not going to regret it. Trust me, I’ve just gotten back from my own road trip to the South Island of New Zealand last week, and now I’m already itching to go on another one. So, road trips: … [Read more...]

Understanding London – The north/south River Thames divide

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London really is a tale of two cities, as there is a clear divide between the northern and southern parts of the Thames. For non-locals, this may seem a bit silly, but for Londoners it does mean more than you’d think! If you’re preparing to visit London, you could do worse than learn some of the major differences so that when people ask you, you’re well informed and ready to come back with a fact or two. If you want to know more about the … [Read more...]

Berlin Food Tour

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Berlin is attracting the attention of hungry tourists around the globe. A huge variety of edible delights compete for your appetite in this bustling metropolis. If your time in Berlin will be brief, consider a food tour. Those on a culinary quest reap the benefits of a guide’s insider epicurean tips. Even if you’re not food-centric, you will learn about the culture, history and sights of Berlin as you stroll the city with your guide and nibble … [Read more...]

Find the Quiet Side of Venice in Santa Elena

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For most visitors, the Venice that they visit is jam-packed with crowds. The city is packed with spectacular sights and is one of the most popular tourist sites in Italy. It is one of my favorite European destinations. The city is wonderful any time of the year so I always schedule my visits for the off-season. Even then, I have been amazed at the number of visitors. Someone recently described Venice to me as a "Disneyland for adults" with … [Read more...]