Winter in St. Paul: Culture and Quirks

Winter in St. Paul

I’m from St. Paul: Minnesota’s capital city. That’s where the Mississippi River takes a brief loop northward before thinking, “Oh, hell no” and returns to it’s southerly flow, rolling along toward warmer climes near the Gulf of Mexico. St. Paul: Most Livable City in America St. Paul claims the title …

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Talking with Strangers on the Beara Peninsula

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At the time I met Noel—on an Irish morning flawless as a perfectly poured pint of Guinness—I had a plan: to spend the morning in glorious solitude. I would depart Kenmare after breakfast, drive west into the tranquil Beara Peninsula stopping to take photographs only if the mood struck fiercely. Two hours …

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Horse Riding and Travel: 5 Reasons to Ride

Horse Riding and Travel: 5 Reasons

Steel horseshoes struck 500-year-old cobblestones, echoing off brick walls of the homes and shops lining Callejón del Aguacate. Astride Frina, I tried out just-learned Spanish commands for horse riding and hoped she understood. I greeted children darting past on their way to school and the man peddling home-made hooch from his bicycle …

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STEP Program: Travel in the Age of Terror

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A couple of months before my recent trip to Europe bombs exploded in Brussels, including two at the airport. I don’t frighten easily, but like much of the world I stopped in my tracks to get more news. Since television and social media survive partly by being home to drama queens …

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Why Travel to Cuba? ¿Por que no?

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Maybe George Mallory had it right. “Because it’s there,” he is famously reported to have answered.  The question being, of course, why climb Everest? My neighbor’s question was, “Why travel to Cuba?” She’d walked into our place as I began to sort the mound of stuff on the dining table, scratching checkmarks on …

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You Never Forget Your First Time: Let’s Get it On

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You never forget your first time. Furtive and fumbling, painful or sometimes (should we even admit this?) disappointing, that experience gets seared on your brain like grill marks on a prime steak. The memory is absorbed by every cell in the body and replayed throughout your lifetime just when you …

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Cuba’s Classic Cars: a Cultural Handshake

Once I heard that satisfying ‘ker-chunk’ of the immigration officer’s stamp and practically got ignored going through customs at the Jose Martí International Airport, I headed for the arrival hall’s exit with my travel pack and my husband. A guy holding a sheet of notebook paper with my name hand-printed …

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Disconnecting to Accept the Promises of Travel

Travel Journal 2015, page 1

With a plane ticket and a smart phone, you can take the family and all of your friends along on pretty much any trip. Selfies and food photos, along with a wifi connection is all you need. I struggle with this constant connection while traveling. Sure, it’s great fun to share …

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Rules for Travel: Travel Journal 2015, page 11

Travel Journal, page 11~ 7 October 2015

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This Traveler’s Got a Brand New Bag

A member of a writer’s group I belong to recently posted this question: If you had to name the dumbest purchase you’ve ever made, what would it be? “Easy one”, I thought, “my first marriage license.” After I finished cracking myself up, I thought back on the massive ton of …

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Safety Tips for Travelers: 10 Common Sense Ways to Stay Safe

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In a previous Steal Just One Day post I reflected on whether the world is really as dangerous for travel as the media, your cousin, or my dentist would have you believe. Hint: it’s not. As a woman who takes travel seriously and has spent months, even years, on the road …

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The Traveler as Ambassador: Around the World in 32 Teeth

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My new dentist, Dr. Patel, took a trip to several of the world’s countries last week while examining my teeth. It went like this: Dentist: Hmmm. (Tapping a tooth.) Me: Cartagena, Colombia. Dentist: Excuse me? Me: That tooth. I had it filled in Cartagena. Dentist: Ah yes. Perilous country. And …

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River Music: Morning in Austin, Texas

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  “Austin, Texas.” Say those two words aloud and your mind conjures up images with a soundtrack to accompany them. Festivals, ten-gallon hats, guitars, Stevie Ray. Austin means music. From bars to back yards, and concert halls to street corners. Any time of night or day, someone’s playing somewhere, and somebody is listening. …

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Travel Journals: the Mundane and the Moving

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Brian and I have recently considered drawing up our wills. So far, we mostly talk about it over rum and tonics with a healthy squeeze of lime, or a bracing prickly pear margarita. You’d think it would be an easy process. We don’t have kids, we’re not bazillionaires, we don’t have …

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The Art of Eavesdropping: What Happened to Flossie and Other Misadventures

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“Flossie died playing cards.” Like any good snoop and all-around Nosy Parker, my ears perked up as the unseen woman in the booth behind me spoke. Eavesdropping doesn’t get much better than this. I heard indistinct mumbling. Damn it, speak up! I silently urged her lunch partner, as my head …

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How I Almost Became a Professional Wrestler (and Other Near-Careers)

When I was 5 years old, I decided to become a wrestler. The All-Star kind, not the Olympic sort. My future lay within the confines of a black and white television, where the inhabitants sported thigh-hugging tights, sequins as blinding as flashbulbs, lace-up leather boots, and mullets. I had a …

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Subterranean Paris: the Sewers Below the City of Light

This post is Part 4 of a series about visiting Alternative Paris. If you haven’t read part 1 yet, click to read Heading to Paris? Pack your Post-it notes, and part 2, Catacombs of Paris: Do I see Dead People?, and part 3, Falafel, History and Remembrance: Jewish Paris. Then return …

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Falafel, History and Remembrance: Jewish Paris

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This post is Part 3 of a series about Alternative Paris. If you haven’t read part 1 yet, click to read Heading to Paris? Pack your Post-it notes, and part 2, Catacombs of Paris: Do I see Dead People? Then hurry back here to read about Alternative Paris-Jewish History. I …

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Catacombs of Paris: Do I See Dead People?

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This post is Part 2 of a series about Alternative Paris. If you haven’t read part 1 yet, click to read “Heading to Paris? Pack your Post-it notes“. Then hurry back here to read about Paris underground. Standing outside the entrance to the Paris Catacombs, I had second thoughts. Reluctant about …

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Heading to Paris? You May Want to Pack Your Post-its.

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[note: This is the first in a series of articles about Alternative Paris.] They make their way from Dubuque. New York City. Portland, Maine and Dallas, Texas. But also from Moscow, Frankfurt, Tangier and beyond. They come to write, to paint, for fashion and film. For the perfume and the …

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