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10 Things to Know Before You Bike the Golden Gate Bridge

The Golden Gate Bridge is a must see attraction in San Francisco, and some travelers want not just to see it, but to bike across it. As an avid Bay Area biker, I think it’s great that travelers can bike the Golden Gate Bridge (GG Bridge for short). It’s an incredible structure, and perhaps one of the most…… Continue reading 10 Things to Know Before You Bike the Golden Gate Bridge

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Where do the Locals Eat in Oaxaca City, Mexico?

Last year, I put Oaxaca City (among several other destinations) on my 2014 travel bucket for a single yet standout reason: the food. From complex moles to simple street food, there’s a reason why Mexicans and non-Mexicans alike praise this region for its cuisine. The city (and region) knows how to cook. Even before leaving, Jon and I…… Continue reading Where do the Locals Eat in Oaxaca City, Mexico?

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Dancing With the Dead in Oaxaca City, Mexico

“You know, on dia de los muertos, we really believe the dead are sitting here with us.” Judith, a Oaxaca City native and cousin of Jon’s co-worker, told us over drinks in the hip, downtown restaurant of Los Danzantes. I took another sip of my cocktail and looked sideways across the courtyard where a group of fake skeletons had been…… Continue reading Dancing With the Dead in Oaxaca City, Mexico

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If Travel Destinations Were Lovers…

This is a post I’ve been contemplating for a few months. It’s still not perfect, so comments and critiques are greatly welcome. Have you ever tried thinking of the places you’ve traveled to the way you would think of an ex-lover? I spent an afternoon thinking of it once, and decided that if places were…… Continue reading If Travel Destinations Were Lovers…

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10 Destinations Worthy of A Traveler’s Bucket List

Daydreaming about travel is almost as fun as traveling for real. Seriously, there have been scientific studies on the topic. It’s also the driving force behind some wonderful blog posts and articles in the travel blogosphere. NY Times has a beautifully done article titled 52 Places to Go in 2014; Afar Magazine gives its readers travel…… Continue reading 10 Destinations Worthy of A Traveler’s Bucket List

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On the Roof of Africa: Trekking in Simien Mountains, Ethiopia

Four Days of Walking For the four days Liz and I trekked through the Simien Mountains, the smell of wild thyme followed us. The wind was full of strong gusts of the scent that reminded me of old, unidentifiable memories, as we hiked from one beautiful vista to the next, among wild baboons, birds, and…… Continue reading On the Roof of Africa: Trekking in Simien Mountains, Ethiopia

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Oh Hello, America. Long Time No See…

Last Tuesday, I was stepping off a flight from Tokyo and being welcomed back into America by the oh-so-cheery Dallas airport. I’m kidding. Dallas was a weird first sample of America after two and a half years abroad. It was just a little too AMERICA for me to handle after a 12-hour flight in which…… Continue reading Oh Hello, America. Long Time No See…