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History intrudes on the present on the Isle of Iona, Scotland

Another place that sticks out in my mind when I think about Scotland is the Isle of Iona. This tiny island, located in the Western Isles, is beautiful and steeped in history. To get to Iona, you have to drive … Continue reading

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Geghard Monastery, Armenia I’m a sucker for unique buildings like this monastery carved in rock. Hopefully one day I’ll make it to Armenia to see it! In the meantime, check out my new article over at The Circumference.

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My travel bulletin board

The travel mementos that are displayed most prominently in my house are things that have absolutely no value other than sentimental. My bulletin board is covered with postcards and ticket stubs for trains, planes, and museums from places I’ve visited. … Continue reading

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Inspiration in St Andrews

My entry at the We Said Go travel writing contest has been posted! The contest theme was “inspiration.” I chose to write about St Andrews, Scotland, because it is still my favorite place on the planet (so far). I think … Continue reading

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Hostels: Find the diamonds in the rough

Hostels have a certain reputation, and it’s not always a positive one. They are (one of) the cheapest ways to travel, the haven of backpackers worldwide. You live in close quarters with strangers and can spend weeks eating breakfasts of … Continue reading

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Finds in your own city

I’ve mentioned before that even though I live in the DC metro area, I hardly make it into downtown DC. I’ve lived in this area on and off since 2002, and there are still some places I haven’t visited, or … Continue reading

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The world of Chilean arts and crafts at Los Dominicos

One of the things I noticed walking around Santiago, Chile, is how little the city catered to tourists. In major tourist destinations, the main attractions downtown are surrounded by shops selling you all sorts of cheap trinkets. In Santiago, these … Continue reading

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