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Cuba in Photographs

A few days ago I returned from my first-ever trip to Cuba. A very photographic place in terms of the architecture, cars, and just the way the country occupies a certain space and time in the world today that no other place does. Here is my Cuba experience in photos.

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Selma’s Scene: Travel from a Dog’s Eye View

Hi, I’m Selma! I’m a shih tzu living with Shelley, who writes this blog, and her sometimes travel companion. You can follow me on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter! I wanted to tell you about the fun trip we took last month, and everything I enjoyed from a dog’s eye view. I’ve been on a road trip […]

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Country Roads: West Virginia Road Trip

I couldn’t keep the song from coming into my head whenever I was driving through the parks and countryside during last week’s road trip to West Virginia. The country roads were peaceful, although I arrived a week or two too late for the best fall foliage. I drove into West Virginia, my 39th state in […]

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Kentucky Bluegrass Photo Essay: State 38 on my 50 by 50 Quest

My quest to see all 50 US states by the time I turn 50 next September continues…last week I visited Kentucky and West Virginia, numbers 38 and 39 on my list. And this time, I took my dog, Selma! Selma and I had a great time – in fact, you can read her very own blog […]

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4 Cheesy Things in Stockholm You Totally Have To Do

For all the “serious” travel, the cultural exchange and immersion that makes voyaging to new places so rewarding — there is also something fun, almost childishly silly, about doing some really cheesy tourist things sometimes. It kind of wakes up the kid in us and after all, that’s what travel is meant to do, I believe. […]

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Gastronomic Tour of Mexico City

I love to travel. I love to eat. I suspect many of you are the same. One of the best things about traveling, to me and many of us, is experiencing the food and culinary culture of new places. I love trying street food, taking cooking lessons, visiting markets, asking locals for their favorite restaurants, […]

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Smiling in the Face of Cancer

Lisette Garcia, left, with Donovan, Paula and Angel. In the vast, sprawling metropolis of Mexico City there lives a little girl named Paula. She is 8 years old, and in many ways she is just like other 8-year-old children. She giggles a lot, she likes to play dress up, and she really, really wants an […]

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Volunteering and Going on Safari in Tanzania

In 2012, Keith and I took an amazing trip to Kenya and Tanzania. While we were there, we were lucky enough to be able to go on safari, and some of our best experiences came through Hostel Hoff, which provides a hostel in Moshi, Tanzania along with safaris that are much more economical than most, […]

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A Day on the Mississippi Gulf Coast

Last weekend I entered by 37th state in my goal of visiting all 50 U.S. states by the time I turn 50 in September 2016. I’m calling my quest “50 by 50.” I was in New Orleans with a group of friends celebrating another 50th birthday, and although I’ve been to Louisiana destinations (including New […]

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Traveling the Blue Ridge Parkway of Virginia

Last week I crossed another state off my list for my 50 by 50 project: Virginia. This was my 36th state, so I now have 14 left to go. In Virginia I visited Roanoke and the Blue Ridge Parkway area, which gave me plenty of fun exploration. Some of the highlights of the trip included: […]

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