Monthly Archives: October 2013

Pill Box/Porcelain Box Fridays

I have well over 100 pill boxes aka porcelain boxes in my room. I try to collect one from every new city, state, and country I visit. It’s hard though because many places don’t have. I also run into a different issue, which is some places have A LOT. I don’t want to buy multiple styles so it makes it hard to select just one. They usually run anywhere from $7-$10. I have many associated with travel, but I also have a lot that have nothing to do with travel. I have ones from Christmas, Hanukkah, and Halloween. I also have a bunch of random ones like a cell phone, pen, dress, etc.

Starting in November I am going to start posting a different travel pill box/Limoges box every Friday. I’ll post several pictures of the box, the little thing that came inside (if applicable), and other details I know about it. So if you have no idea what I’m referring to I’m going to post some Halloween ones I own below so you can get the picture.

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Postcards from Nantucket

My dad’s co-worker brought these postcards back from Nantucket for me.

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Here’s some more postcards from places I’ve never been/postcards from friends:

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Walking Around with my Shirt Open-NY Comic Con Day 2

10/11/13

Night number two at Comic Con. This time I was allowed to enter at 35th and 11th. It was packed!!!! It seemed like almost everyone was doing cosplay. I had some time to kill before my Beatles panel so I decided to head to Artist Alley first.

I had found some rare Archie comics for Dan Parent to sign. I also bought a Glee Archie comic from him. I went to Fernando Ruiz (another Archie comics artist) and I had him sign an old one he did. He was happy to see it and skimmed it. I could see he remembered some of the stories. He told me that some of them were cut off. I also bought a picture from him.

After that I heard from my friend Cesar so I walked back to 35th to meet him. He picked up his pass and activated it. We walked though the crowd and discussed the costumes we saw. He walked me down to my panel and even though it was an hour early there was already a line. He went exploring and I decided to use the bathroom before the panel. The line was super long. While on line I realized that my Comic Con lanyard had pushed my shirt button open. I had been walking around with my shirt open for who knows how long. Normally when that happens I realize when I see someone looking. It’s Comic Con, people probably thought I was doing it on purpose. At least I didn’t run into anyone I knew besides Cesar. The previous night I had run into one of my old high school teachers. Glad my shirt was closed then.

I ate my dinner on the line for the panel and started to read through the Comic Con program. Some of the booths advertised that they were giving away stuff so I made note of them on my phone. We finally were let in to the panel room and it was clear right away that the room was going to be packed. They made people stand in the back of the room. We were all sitting on top of each other and I was kind of far back. The light above me was blinking and driving me nuts.

The panel finally entered and there wasn’t a surprise guest. We all were hoping for Paul McCartney since he was in NYC the day before. They informed us he was on a plane back to England. One of his best friends was there. The panel was about the 5th Beatle aka Brian Epstein. He was gay, Jewish, and is considered the guy who discovered the Beatles. He died very young. The panel wrote a graphic novel about him. We got to see the graphic novel and we heard about the creative process for both the novel and the movie coming out. It was hard to concentrate on the panel because I couldn’t see, the light was distracting me, the woman next to me was farting, the room was stuffy, and the door kept slamming because this little boy kept running to the bathroom. They passed around the graphic novel and the images were great. I definitely wanted to read it. The panel spent more time on Brian being gay and Jewish then they did on the Beatles connection. One interesting thing I learned was that the Philippines removed their security detail on the Beatles and asked the army to bring them in after the Beatles snubbed their Queen. The panel likened it to the end of Argo. They passed around a notepad to win the graphic novel. I didn’t win. We each got a free mini comic.

Here’s an article about the graphic novel.

After getting out of the panel I texted Cesar so we could meet up. He told me that the exhibit floor had closed so they kicked him out. I decided to find the location of my Once Upon a Time panel room so I would know where it was for the next day. After struggling to get through the crowd I finally found it. I was exhausted and knew I still had a long day at Comic Con ahead of me.

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Random Conversations with Random Strangers-NY Comic Con Day 1

10/11/13
It’s my first comic con and I’m excited and nervous. I got a 4 day professional pass and hope to go for 3 days. I spent the weekend planning my 3 days using the comic con app. I decided not to dress up which is funny considering I own at least 30 costumes, but none of them work for comic con.

I headed to comic con straight from work. I had a Holocaust panel I wanted to attend. I got off at Penn station and ran to 34th and 11th in my rain boots. They told me I had to enter at 39th. Turns out I could have entered at 35th since I have a professional badge. Security searched my bags and then tapped my badge.

Once in Javits I went straight to the official store and bought a $5 pin since it was one of the cheapest items. Then I went in search of my panel. I got the official program and a lanyard for my badge. I easily found my panel and realized the place was empty so I didn’t have to wait. I decided to kill time and walk around. I used the bathroom and ran into one of my old high school teachers. I checked out the autograph area, which was empty. I went back to the panel room and they eventually let us in.

The panel was set to start and there was only about 15 people in a room for at least 100 to 150 people. The guy running the panel, Neal Adams, walks in and goes, “Where is everyone? Everyone here go out and grab a Jew.” Everyone started laughing. He continued to crack jokes while they set up the panel. He told us about a young Jewish girl who’s mother was being taken away by the Nazi’s. The little girl elected to stay with her mother and they were brought to Auschwitz. While there a boy found out that she could draw and her paint Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs inside one of the bunks for the kids. Dr. Mengele found out and demanded to see her. She thought she was going to die. Instead he asked her to paint/draw gypsies as inferior in exchange she demanded that her life and her mother’s be spared. She eventually went on the Death March and survived. She wound up coming to the U.S. and married one of the people who worked on Snow White. Years later Auschwitz called her and said they found her work. She wanted it back and they said no. Artists and lawyers have been petitioning for her to get her work back. So Neal Adams turned her story into a comic. Here’s the NY Times article about it.

The rest of the panel was about the DVD they created that tells the stories of heroes during WWII. The stories are all done in a comic book format. We watched the one on Laguardia. I found it fascinating!! I never knew how much he was against the Nazi Party he was. His actions prior to and during the war were incredible. It made me want to read a biography about him. The DVD was $20 so I decided I was going to purchase one. I thought it would make a great teaching tool. After the clip was done playing the lights were still off and the guy controlling them was no where to be found despite his promise he would stay. Someone eventually found him so he could turn them on using his switchboard. Neal teased it was anti-semitism, which made everyone in the room laugh.

After the panel was over I decided to take advantage of the fact the convention center was empty and went in search of the other panel rooms I would need over the next couple days. I headed to Artist Alley to get Dan Parent, one of the Archie artists to sign my comic books. He wasn’t there. I waited and waited and waited. Then a staff member told me that he was at a panel and I should come back. I decided to go upstairs to kill time and I walked through the 1000 or more booths selling merchandise. There were too many and I got overloaded. I found the one I wanted and purchased the $20 DVD. I decided it was time to head back to Artist Alley. Dan still wasn’t there. I picked out the items I wanted and waited. Right next to him was Fernando Ruiz. He’s another Archie artist, but I didn’t have his comics on me because I didn’t know he was going to be there. I saw Alex Simmons (he draws Clayton) come back from the panel and then I saw Dan. I bought a comic book and a drawing from him. I had him sign the comic I brought with me. It was late and I was tired so I decided to head home. On my way out I saw the coolest Inspector Gadget costume. There were so many great costumes!

On my way long way back to the train I see this guy who looks exactly like one of my former students (it was dark outside). I do the “omg hey” face and at the same time so does he. So I’m thinking it really is my student. I go “Nick!” and he makes a confused face. Not him. He thinks he knows me and we try to place where he knows me from. We can’t figure it out. I’m stuck walking with him to the train station, which is about a 10-15min walk. At first I’m super nervous because he’s a strange guy, but then I find out he’s gay. He begins to tell me everything about his life and I do mean everything. Half the time I don’t know what to say so I just nod or make one word comments. He winds up needing my same train and in the same direction. Not good. I already begin to plan what I’m going to do to get away from him. Turns out he needs to get off several stops before me so I’m ok. After he gets off the train I breathe a sigh of relief and can’t believe that the conversation actually happened.

One minute goes by and a man facing me on the train makes a comment about my Comic Con lanyard. I ask him if he went he said he didn’t. He tells me that he works for HBO on True Blood. Since I don’t watch the show that doesn’t impress me. We talk about comic cons, Star Wars, celebrities, etc. He shows me pictures on his phone of his family and celebrities he has met. I eventually have to get off the train. As I walk home I think only in New York and I wonder if I have a sign on me that reads, “Strangers please talk to me.”

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Souvenirs from Istanbul and Switzerland

My former co-worker just got back from a recruiting trip across Europe. She brought me back some hotel pens and pads. It’s a thing we do. The main gift was from Istanbul. She and another co-worker went shopping at a spice market and decided to get me a red sequined bridal veil and henna coverings. Turkish brides put the veil completely over their heads and tie the marching bags around their hands to cover and protect their henna. So I told her all I need now is the man.

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America’s 20 Best Dessert Spots

I saw the title of the article below earlier this week and I was immediately intrigued. Dessert and travel, I’m so there. Sadly, I’ve only done 2 out of the 20. I went to Flour Bakery in Boston and I’ve done Beiler’s Bakery in the Reading Terminal Market in Philly. My stomach is excited to try the rest. Enjoy the article and my Comic Con posts are coming soon. I’m just catching up on a week’s worth of interesting travel articles first.

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America’s 20 Best Dessert Spots

October 07, 2013 4:03 pm By Emily Wasserman

There’s no sweeter way to end a meal (or a day) than with a delectable dessert (and with some of these desserts, you might want to just go ahead and skip the meal). From fudgey brownies topped with smooth ice cream to truly artistic pies and cakes, the US has a lot to offer when it comes to tasty treats. So forget about the calories, and indulge your sweet tooth with our 20 top American dessert spots!

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Serendipity 3

Where: New York, NY

New York City’s Serendipity 3 has been a popular dessert spot since its opening in 1954. While Serendipity is most famous for its frozen hot chocolate, there are plenty of other sweets and treats to choose from. Guests can enjoy the Can’t Say No Sundae with humble pie, ice cream, banana and hot fudge, or a slice of the restaurant’s Crème De La Crème Cream Cheese Cake. For a major splurge, try the Golden Opulence Sundae, which holds the Guinness World Record for the most expensive sundae in the world.

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Baileys’ Chocolate Bar

Where: St. Louis, MO

From chocolate martinis to lavishly plated desserts, Baileys’ Chocolate Bar has it all. Guests can choose from a variety of chocolate-inspired creations, including the Chocolate Inebriation cake with layers of chocolate stout and bittersweet chocolate ganache, or the Brownie Royale with dense, fudgy brownie, bananas, hot fudge and a cherry. Chocolate aphrodisiacs can sample the Lover’s Plate, which features nine of the restaurant’s most popular desserts.

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Flour Bakery + Café

Where: Boston, MA

For some of the best Boston cream pie in the country, visit Flour Bakery + Café. In addition to the legendary pie, chef and owner Joanne Chang whips up some of the city’s most delicious confections—including Midnight Chocolate Cake with a milk chocolate buttercream filling, and a Milky Way tart with chewy caramel and a milk chocolate mousse.

St. Francis Fountain

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St. Francis Fountain

Where: San Francisco, CA

Since 1918, San Francisco’s St. Francis Fountain has served up classic ice cream sundaes and old-fashioned soda fountain treats. The diner’s dessert menu includes everything from a double dip ice cream soda to a dreamsicle float with vanilla ice cream and orange sherbet. Ice cream specials include the Battleship sundae with three types of ice cream and sauces, or the Buster Brown with a warm fudge brownie, vanilla ice cream and raspberry sauce.

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Mindy’s Hot Chocolate

Where: Chicago, IL

Chef Mindy Segal uses fresh, locally sourced ingredients to create desserts at her namesake restaurant, Mindy’s Hot Chocolate. The restaurant’s dessert menu changes seasonally, and includes everything from brioche doughnuts with hot fudge and caramel corn, to chocolate “souffled” tart with salted caramel ice cream and house made pretzels. A glass of Segal’s signature hot chocolate with fluffy, homemade marshmallows is the perfect antidote to a cold Chicago night.

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Ghiradelli’s

Where: San Francisco, CA

Visit San Francisco’s Ghiradelli Ice Cream & Chocolate Shop for decadent ice cream treats and a taste of the company’s world famous chocolate. Guests can enjoy old-fashioned ice cream sundaes topped with cherries, nuts and whipped cream, and sample the shop’s homemade hot fudge. The shop also offers a variety of shakes, floats and chocolate drinks, including a chocolate-bar infused milkshake and sea salt caramel hot cocoa.

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The Varsity

Where: Atlanta, GA

For over 75 years, The Varsity has satisfied hungry customers’ sweet tooth. The drive-in offers 16 flavors of ice cream, and fried apple and peach hand pies that are made fresh daily. For a larger treat, try the pie a la mode or the drive-in’s famous Frosted Orange, a cross between a milkshake and a slushie.

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Doughboys

Where: Los Angeles, CA

Doughboys is a dessert lover’s dream. The café’s extensive menu includes everything from cakes to scones, and the bakery makes its desserts and pastries fresh daily. Stop by for a slice of the famous red velvet cake, or try a pecan shortbread cookie filled with chunks of white chocolate and dried cherries.

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Lula’s Sweet Apothecary

Where: New York, NY

Sweet and healthy don’t often go together, but at Lula’s Sweet Apothecary, that’s exactly what you’ll find. The ice cream shop offers a variety of vegan and gluten-free flavors, and tops its sundaes with organic sauces and syrups. Traditional favorites receive a healthy makeover, as guests can order New York Egg Creams without the cream and eggs, or shakes and malts with rice milk. The best part? You won’t even taste the difference.

Crown Candy Kitchen

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Crown Candy Kitchen

Where: St. Louis, MO

Walking into St. Louis’s Crown Candy Kitchen is like stepping into a different era. The soda fountain and candy shop has been serving up treats since 1913, and uses a copper candy kettle to create its homemade ice cream. Popular menu items include the French Sundae with toasted cashews and chocolate sprinkles, or one of the shop’s flavored malts: guests can choose from chocolate banana, butterscotch, and hot fudge. According to shop policy, anyone who drinks five malts in 30 minutes gets them for free.

Lulu's Sweet Shoppe

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Lulu’s Sweet Shoppe

Where: Boston, MA

For gourmet cupcakes with a unique twist, visit Lulu’s Sweet Shoppe in Boston’s North End neighborhood. Owner Sandy Russo started the shop in honor of her mother, an accomplished home baker who made her desserts from scratch. Cupcakes include pistachio with port wine, chocolate cherry bomb, and chocolate explosion.

Hot Licks

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Hot Licks

Where: Fairbanks, AK

America’s most northerly state is home to some of the country’s best ice cream. Fairbank’s Hot Licks makes its ice cream in small batches, and uses natural, local ingredients to craft its flavors. Guests can sample everything from Alaska Blueberry with handpicked wild blueberries from Interior Alaska, to Kahlua made with fresh ground North Pole coffee beans.

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Something Sweet Dessert Lounge

Where: Tucson, AZ

Something Sweet Dessert Lounge in Tuscon offers a variety of sweets and treats. The dessert menu includes everything from shakes and sundaes to cream pies and cheesecakes, and also features unique desserts like peanut butter chocolate chip and banana melts. The brave at heart can try one of the restaurant’s giant eclairs, while chocolate lovers will enjoy the chocolate volcano cake with a gooey ganache center.

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Café du Monde

Where: New Orleans, LA

New Orleans is famous for its beignets, and Café du Monde is the place to get them. The cafe serves up its world-famous doughnut fritters 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and all doughnuts are made-to-order and dusted with powdered sugar. The fritters work well as a morning, afternoon, or anytime treat, and are best paired with a cup of café au lait.

Kermit's Key West Key Lime Shoppe

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Kermit’s Key West Key Lime Shoppe

Where: Key West, FL

For a taste of fresh Florida Key Lime pie, stop by Kermit’s Key West Key Lime Shoppe. In addition to its signature pie, the shop also offers key lime pie bars and “key lime pie on a stick”—a slice of the shop’s key lime pie dipped in Belgian chocolate.

Jo-Jo's Shave Ice

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Jo-Jo’s Shave Ice

Where: Kauai, Hawaii

From the outside, Jo-Jo’s Shave Ice looks like a small beach cottage—but the inside offers so much more. The shop serves over 60 flavors of shave ice made with all-natural ingredients, and is a favorite among visitors and locals. Popular combinations include passion fruit and mango ice with macadamia nut ice cream, and Jo-Jo’s special with chocolate, butterscotch and vanilla ice cream. A word to the wise—the shop closes for big surf and luaus.

Pastiche

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Pastiche

Where: Providence, RI

On Providence’s historic Federal Hill is Pastiche, a European-style café and bakery that creates handmade, from-scratch desserts. The bakery offers delicately crafted pies, cookies, and cakes, and also features traditional European pastries such as cannoli, eclairs and tartlets. Favorite treats include fresh lime mousse tart and Italian mascarpone torte.

Beiler's Bakery

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Beiler’s Bakery

Where: Philadelphia, PA

For a taste of Amish baking, visit Beiler’s Bakery in Philadelphia’s Reading Terminal Market. The stand features a variety of handcrafted Amish desserts, including sticky buns, apple fritters, and authentic shoofly pie. Guests will enjoy the bakery’s homemade doughnuts—popular flavors include chocolate chocolate chip and harvest apple.

Labadie's Bakery

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Labadie’s Bakery

Where: Lewiston, ME

While the origin of whoopie pies is unclear, Labadie’s Bakery in Lewiston, Maine is one of the best places to find them. The bakery sells its fluffy, cream-filled pies by the dozen, and also offers French cream horns and large whoopie pie cakes. Whoopie pie flavors include chocolate peanut butter, vanilla, and original chocolate.

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Brennan’s

Where: New Orleans, LA

Brennan’s created the original bananas Foster in the early 1950s, and has since developed an extensive dessert menu that will please any palette. Specialties include “Crepes Fitzgerald” with Grand Marnier, sour cream and strawberries, and the “Bread Pudding St. Joan of Arc” with Southern Comfort-infused raisins and cranberries. Guests can also enjoy Southern classics like Louisiana Chocolate Pecan Pie and Creole Chocolate Suicide Cake.

 

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30 Epic Places You Absolutely Must Visit Before You’re 30

Sorry for the delay in posting this week. It’s been a busy week job wise and I have spent the last 3 days attending Comic Con. So I am beyond exhausted! I will be posting a couple travel articles I stumbled across this week that I like. I will also be working on 3 Comic Con posts. They were 3 very interesting days to say the least. So bear with me as I catch up and generate new content.

 

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30 Epic Places You Absolutely Must Visit Before You’re 30

The Huffington Post  |  By Posted: 10/09/2013 7:46 am EDT  |  Updated: 10/11/2013 7:33 am EDT

Traveling young is important because it shapes your worldview. When you travel young, you realize who you are and what you believe in before it’s time to make the big-kid decisions (career, marriage, and all that scary stuff) that will impact the rest of your life.

If you were to visit each of these places before turning 30, you would be pretty darn well in touch with yourself and pretty equipped to take on real, adult existence.

Check out — and check off! — our ultimate soul-searching bucket list.

30. Sossusvlei in the Namib Desert, Namibia
Larger-than-life red sand dunes will make you feel, well, smaller than life. In a good way.
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29. Tiger’s Nest Monastery in Bhutan
Padmasambhava, known as the “Second Buddha,” meditated in this cliff-top carve-out for three years, three months, three weeks, three days and three hours. Close your eyes for three minutes, and inspiration will find you, too.
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28. Jellyfish Lake in Palau
Swimming through thousands of golden jellies without a sting leaves you feeling half awestruck, half invincible.
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27. Dharavi in Mumbai, India
One of the largest slums in the world, this friendly community is a square-mile pocket of poverty in India’s booming economic center.
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26. Half Dome in Yosemite National Park, California
It’s just a day hike, but it’s a strenuous one at that. When you summit, you’ll know what it’s like to stand on the top of California.
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25. The Songkran Festival in Chiang Mai, Thailand
In a display of national unity, pretty much everybody in Thailand has a wild water fight to celebrate the new year.
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24. Hydra, Greece
Before you surrender to big city life, learn to savor the pace of a small town (in what happens to be an incredibly artsy small town).
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23. The Washington Monument observation deck in Washington, D.C.
Sure our country is defunct sometimes, but it gave you the freedom to be.
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22. The Rhino Charge in Nairobi, Kenya
Every year, extreme drivers embark on a 10-hour, off-road race through the savannah to fundraise for animal conservation.
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21. Estadio Azteca in Mexico City, Mexico
The only soccer stadium in the world that’s hosted two World Cups– sit in the seats where fans before you witnessed Maradona’s “goal of the century” in 1986.
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20. Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia
The world’s largest salt flat is miles of flat, zen, abandoned bliss.

19. Disney World in Florida
Because soon you’re gonna have to bring your kids with you, and they’re not going to stop for a beer break.
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18. The Pyramids of Giza in Egypt
This is the only of the seven wonders of the ancient world that’s still in existence.
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17. Rio Upano in Ecuador
Whitewater raft through the rainforest and see what it’s like to grow up beside toucans in a native tribe.
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16. La Closerie des Lilas in Paris, France
Picasso, Cezanne and Apollinaire used to chat at this fancy café. So did Hemingway– you can still sit at his favorite bar stool.
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15. The Inca Trail in Peru
On the 26-mile trail to Machu Picchu, you’ll pass five lesser-recognized Incan towns that were once thriving.
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14. Nowhere, Spain
Each year, attendees at the desert festival design their own society based on “creative freedom.”
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13. Bernauer Strasse in Berlin, Germany
When the Berlin Wall first made one side of this residential street part of Soviet East Berlin, people died trying to jump out their windows to a free neighborhood on the other side. It’s an odd and important contrast to modern Berlin’s hipster-filled streets.
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12. Plaza Mayor in Madrid, Spain
Spending downtime outdoors is a weird concept to Americans. Madrid’s social hub will change your opinion real fast.
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11. Macau Tower in China
The second-highest bungee jump in the world starts 760 feet above China’s version of Las Vegas.
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10. Drake Passage, Antarctica
Get a penguin’s eye view of our Earth’s very bottom before you start working your way to the top.
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9. The Dead Sea in Jordan
With a Biblical history and a perch in the midst of modern conflict, this could be the most historic (and saltiest!) body of water on Earth.
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8. XS Nightclub in Las Vegas
Go big with bottle service at the highest-grossing club in America.
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7. The Old Jewish Cemetery in Prague, Czech Republic
Stacks of graves are layered over each other, so nobody knows exactly how many people are — or who exactly is — buried here. That’s intense.
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6. Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Last year, literal millions of people turned up for what might be the biggest party on Earth.
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5. Havana, Cuba
Get a glimpse of what happens when a culture hits the pause button.
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4. Hitachi Seaside Park, Japan
These zany, Seuss-like fields will reintroduce you to your zany little kid self.
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3. Zurriola Beach in San Sebastian, Spain
Surfers in this small city get amped about riding the same waves, on the same beach, every single day. And they never ask for anything more.
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2. Bodø, Norway
The quiet village outside the Arctic Circle will give you major room to think, especially when you spelunk deep into one of its caves.
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1. Mount Fitz Roy in Patagonia, on the border of Chile and Argentina
At the top, you’ll treasure the view of towering, unspoiled glaciers– and the pride of knowing you climbed there.
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CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story indicated that the Berlin Wall was built by Nazi Germany. In fact, it was built by the Communists during the Cold War.

 

Note from me: Sadly, I have only accomplished 5. That gives me very little time to tackle the remaining 25. O well.

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Postcards from France

Here are my postcards from France. They are mainly from Paris and Versailles. Hope you enjoy viewing them! You can read about my trips to France here.

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Postcards from Egypt

Here are my postcards from Egypt. There are a lot so it took some time to get them all uploaded. Hope you enjoy them! You can read about my trip to Egypt here.

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Souvenirs from Vegas and New Orleans.

Two of my very good friends went to New Orleans together. They brought me back some Mardi Gras beads and an alligator magnet. The magnet started off at my desk, but my new desk isn’t magnetic. 😦 So it now lives on my AC cover in my room (along with my magnets from Greece, Australia, Vancouver, Paris, Costa Rica, Egypt, and Prague). One of these friends also went to Vegas and brought me back a keychain.

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