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Vegging Out in Chiang Mai

Vegging Out in Chiang Mai

As part of my first solo trip abroad, I was pretty excited to put together a little vegan food tour of Chiang Mai. Because I usually travel with Stephan, a meat eater who loves to explore each region’s native cuisine, we typically seek out local hotspots for him to expand his adventurous palate. While I fully support this endeavor – as I am by no means an adventurous eater – for once, it was super fun to plot out my…

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10 BEST MICROBREWERIES & CRAFT BEERS

10 BEST MICROBREWERIES & CRAFT BEERS

A couple of craft beer enthusiasts traversed the globe for a year. What did they find? Well, while we certainly were not able to taste every microbrew from every craft brewery from every city we passed through, we did endeavor to sample at least a few brews from each country we visited. It should be noted that our tastes strongly favor the bold, bitter & citrusy hop flavors of pale ales and India pale ales… so if you are an…

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Edinburgh

Edinburgh

We haven’t necessarily favored all the large capital cities we’ve visited, at least when compared to less crowded parts of the same countries (Ljubljana and Rome being notable exceptions); but with a population of less than a half million people, we thought we’d give Scotland’s small capital a chance to charm us. We spent one morning exploring Holyrood Park, a 650-acre greenspace near the city center whose prominent peak is called Arthur’s Seat. Arthur’s Seat is an extinct volcano that…

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London

London

Consistently at or near the top of the ‘world’s most visited cities’ list (England’s capital has hosted some 20 million visitors this year), London is renowned not only for its iconic landmarks, but also for offering a veritable melting pot of different cultures and cuisines, with seemingly something for everyone. After arriving via the Channel Tunnel from Brussels, we found ourselves at a sleek, modern loft in Brixton, an up-and-coming neighborhood in south London with a somewhat industrial feel, a…

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Amsterdam

Amsterdam

Amsterdam’s busy downtown area is built into the concentric rings of canals (the ‘Canal Belt’), which date back to the 17th century, and include the Singel, Herengracht (Gentleman’s Canal), Keizersgracht (Emperor’s Canal), and Prinsengracht (Prince’s Canal). Originally used as defensive moats, they eventually became employed for merchant ships bringing goods into the city. Today, you can even find floating houses and shops along the canals, such as the Bloemenmarkt – Amsterdam’s famous, bustling flower market where every variety and color…

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Waffles and chocolate and beer… oh my!

Waffles and chocolate and beer… oh my!

In northwestern Belgium’s Dutch-speaking Flemish (Flanders) region, sits the quiet city of Ghent. Once one of northern Europe’s largest cities at the end of the Middle Ages, Ghent is now a laid-back university town. Quirky cafes, artisan chocolate shops, and quaint ‘gingerbread houses’ line meandering canals, where coots, moorhens, ducks and seagulls form collaborative, floating communities in the still waters. Amongst the perfect rows of ornately-trimmed canal houses, stone belfries and spires of imposing gothic cathedrals soar above the tapered…

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Last Mango in Paris

Last Mango in Paris

This is perhaps undoubtedly the epitome of blog lameness right here, but I just had to do it. For all you Parrot Heads out there – this was on my Parisian bucket list. You got it… eating a mango in Paris. Ever since I was a little kid, this was one of my favorite Jimmy Buffet songs. I think I loved the song, in part, because I freakin’ love mangoes, but also because it illustrated a story of such a…

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Paris

Paris

A wistful, “ah, Paris!” was the reaction of nearly everyone who heard we were headed there. The name evokes a hundred images: the city of lights, the city of romance, the capital of fashion, the home of world-renowned chefs in Michelin starred restaurants and some of the most famous monuments and museums in the world. I wondered if it could possibly live up to its reputation. The public transit system in Paris is wonderful. Metro trains arrived as frequently as…

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Rome

Rome

Rome is one of those world cities that I’ve always wanted to visit. Boasting more than 2,000 years of history, the ‘Eternal City’ has been inspiring playwrights, composers, artists, and novelists for centuries. The ancient metropolis is habitually portrayed with such a sense of intrigue and passion that you can’t help but want to immerse yourself completely in the Roman culture. But at its core, I speculated before visiting, Rome is probably just another big city. Although I’ve left many…

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Tuscany

Tuscany

After a joyful reunion in Florence, our clan of eight piled into two vehicles and headed southwest for a week in Tuscany. My brother’s friend had found an amazing four-bedroom home outside of Asciano, and we were so thankful to be able to stay with them and my family. After having our travel dials set to warp speed since January 3rd, it was nice to slow down the pace, relax, and spend some time catching up with everyone. Set on…

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