Tulum, Mexico: not the kind of story we need right now

The Maya civilization was incredibly advanced. We all learned about their refined alphabet and cutting edge knowledge of astronomy and mathematics as kids in school. Well, I visited the ruins of Tulum over New Years, and was struck by how much I didn’t know. They were master traders and incredible artists. Politics and urban lifestyles…

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Forget the Blue Lagoon and Visit Reykjadalur Geothermal Springs in Iceland

Most people visiting Iceland think they have to go to The Blue Lagoon. Well, those people are wrong. Besides the long lines and instagram “influencers” (who will get on your last nerve), you’re basically in a manmade pool. If you’re looking for more a more natural experience, you’re going to have to hike for it.…

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Never heard of Stavanger, Noway? Read this and you’ll want to go there.

Welcome to Stavanger, 3rd largest city in Noway. I imagine locals would tell you not to waste your time here, but I really enjoyed wandering this sweet, colorful little city. Its official founding dates back to 1125. But more recently, it has become the Oil Capital of Noway. It’s an expensive place to spend time,…

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Every Town Should Have an Honorary Dog Mayor

A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to visit Happy Acre Farm in Sunol, California. Sunol is a teeny tiny town with a population just under 1,000 people. Back in the early 1980s, Bosco Ramos, a black Labrador and Rottweiler mix, beat out two (human) candidates in the mayoral election. Bosco ended up serving…

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No Other City is Quite Like This One

In all the world, 38 cities are named Paris, but we can agree that none can come close to Paris, France. What cities with this name have you been to? I’ve only passed through Paris Texas, where they have their own version of The Eiffel Tower, donning a cowboy hat. Is it just me or…

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Get Your Creep On In The Tunnels Beneath Paris

More than 6 million human remains line the tunnel walls of the Catacombs of Paris, spanning 200 miles. This spooky place was created to utilize the city’s ancient stone mines (which were occasionally collapsing due to poor construction) and address the pressing issue of overflowing cemeteries. At first, the catacombs were unorganized, but with the…

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Art is Alive and Weird in Berlin

I recently visited the beautiful, odd, and eclectic city of Berlin. Everywhere you turn there is something packed with history or something covered in graffiti. It has a very distinct personality–one of resilience and the bizarre. As you wander the streets, you get the feeling that many of the residents want to give the old,…

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The Birthplace of California Wine

Mission San Juan Capistrano was the home to California’s very first vineyard–one of the other way Spanish missionaries left their mark on North America besides Smallpox. The mission itself dates back to the 1700s. Time, power shifts, and an earthquake have colored its walls, creating a backdrop for artists to showcase through film, literature, and…

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Suburbia on the Sea

Dana Point is a beach town in Orange County. It’s a big surf spot and it feels like suburbia on the sea. Despite the odd, creepy feeling that the burbs give me–this place has some beautiful beaches. Here are the views from Dana Point Lookout: Now for some beer brewed in state at Salt Creek…

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Celebrating My 31st Birthday on the 31st Floor

It’s my birthday, y’all! Here I am being vain with a buncha pictures of myself in a fun (but old) set of sneakers. What a way to celebrate. Don’t you love coincidences? These photos were shot on the 31st floor.  

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