Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan Map

OBTAINING A JORDAN VISA IN 27 EASY STEPS

FIRST ISRAEL & JORDAN SERIES POST

Nothing is ever easy.

Obtaining a Jordan visa, for example. I’m flying to Israel this spring, visiting Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, then crossing over to Jordan and working my [...]

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Southeast Asia Map

CAN YOUR TRAVEL LUCK RUN OUT?

THE UNIVERSE AND TRAVEL LUCK

I confess to my mother that I’m nervous about my upcoming trip to Laos and Indonesia.

She points out that my travel luck to date has been better than average.

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RoMAIN, Palace of Justice, Brussels

ODD, QUIRKY AND COMIC BRUSSELS PHOTOS

I expected amazing food and beer from Brussels, and it delivered, but I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of my Brussels photos. They reflect expressions of odd and quirky humor that I found throughout the capital. [...]

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1932 West Burling Street Lincoln Park

LINCOLN PARK (CHICAGO) HOME WALK

Chicago is a world-class city: groundbreaking architecture, Michelin-rated restaurants, 5-star shopping and The Wiener’s Circle! But, best of all, Chicago is a walking city. Here’s one of the The Windy City’s best treks: a one-hour [...]

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Adam's Peak Sri Lanka

CLIMBING ADAM’S PEAK IN SRI LANKA

CHICAGO, ONE WEEK PRIOR TO DEPARTURE

I pull-on my egregiously masculine hiking shoes, tighten them around my ankles for support. Secure my earbuds and start my How Was Your Week? [...]

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Big Buddha Hong Kong

TAKING A BREATHER ON LANTAU ISLAND

HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

I alight at Hong Kong International Airport (Chek Lap Kok Airport) which is actually landing on an artificial land mass formed by leveling and redistributing the islands of Chek Lap and Lam Chau. It is [...]

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Stuck in the mud

PANAMA SEEMED LIKE A GOOD IDEA THEN

SOMEWHERE IN BOCAS DEL TORO, PANAMA

It’s sucking me in alive! The Earth swallows my foot, my calf, finally stopping at my knee. Mustering my strength, I free my leg from the muck with [...]

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Copenhagen Visit Skyline

COPENHAGEN VISIT: NOT SO SURE I LIKE IT

COPENHAGEN VISIT: SEPTEMBER

11:00 p.m. My plane lands in Copenhagen, the passengers stand, and hundreds of coats are retrieved from overhead bins. Not a good sign. I’m still clad in the skirt/sandals attire that served me well in [...]

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KaDeWe sandwiches

WHAT TO DO IN BERLIN FOR FUN

Romance blossoms in Paris, Rome is the Drama Queen and London oozes sophistication. But Berlin is cool. Berlin’s got edge. And it offers much as its capital city counterparts, even if [...]

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Red Rock Canyon Las Vegas

SANE AND SERENE 24 HOURS IN LAS VEGAS

Do you have 24 hours in Las Vegas that you need to kill, and you’re sick of The Strip, tired of The Scene? Had enough bells, flashing lights, frat boys, bleached-blondes, gondolas, cigarette smoke, fake [...]

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I75 and I94 Building

BEAUTIFUL RUINS: DETROIT PHOTOS

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These Detroit photos are my attempt to express why the city fascinates me. 

BACKGROUND

When I first started in my current role, I handed my manager a recommendation for my geographical [...]

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How to travel safely

HOW TO TRAVEL SAFELY THROUGH PERU

I‘m not canceling my trip to Peru.

I can’t. Going solo to foreign countries is what I do. It’s what defines me. It’s how other people know me and it — “it” being not only international [...]

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