Posts Categorized: International

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    48 Hours in Vancouver

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    Vancouver is an incredible city. Glassy, modern skyscrapers dominate its dense downtown, yet the many distinct neighborhoods retain their charm. Surrounded by water, you are never too far away from a salty breeze or a nice stretch of beach. Vancouver also boasts the largest urban park in North America, giving it a wonderful outdoorsy feel…. Read more »

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    The Yucatán Peninsula

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    Forty years ago, Cancún was an untouched spit of land off the coast of Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula. Land that now supports high-end resorts and the nightlife of the world-famous Hotel Zone was nothing but marsh, jungle, and untouched sand. A total of 3 people lived in the area,  caretakers of a coconut plantation. Almost uninhabited,… Read more »

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    The Sounds of Austria

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    We waved goodbye to the Matterhorn, and boarded a train out of the Zermatt valley. Switching trains twice along the way, we drank wine and read as the beautiful countryside of Switzerland whizzed by. I reflected on the grandeur of our hike and wished it was not yet over. If only our pocketbooks could have… Read more »

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    The Walker’s Haute Route: The Final Chapter

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    Read the first Part of the Walker’s Haute Route HERE & Chapter Two HERE Day 8: Zinal-Gruben    9 miles “On earth there is no heaven, but there are pieces of it.” -Jules Renard In the morning, we left the unknown creature and the pretty town of Zinal behind. Once again, we climbed above the valley,… Read more »

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    The Walker’s Haute Route: Part Two

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    Read the first part of the Walker’s Haute Route Here! Day 4: Cabane du Mont Fort-Cabane Prafleuri     9 miles  “Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread.” – Edward Abbey  It was hard to part from the wool blankets in the… Read more »

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    The Walker’s Haute Route: Chamonix to Zermatt

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    The Walker’s Haute Route is a strenuous traverse of the French and Swiss Alps. Beginning in Chamonix, France, the route travels 100+ miles to Zermatt, Switzerland. The High Level Route, as it was first called, began as a summer mountaineering expedition. Over time, it has evolved into a classic hike that doesn’t require technical skills,… Read more »

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    The 2015 Milan Expo

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    I must admit, when I think of Milan my initial thought is always of being at the train station and the Embassy and being scared shitless that my girlfriend was gone. For that, my opinion of Italy’s second largest city is a bit skewed. Also, outside of that fiasco, I only spent one full day… Read more »

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    The Day My Girlfriend Disappeared

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    The early morning hours found us huffing our packs across the footbridges of Venice’s canals. We had an early AM train ride and the city was dead; just the way we liked it. The sun peeked above the horizon in a splash of color as we boarded the train bound for Milan. We picked out… Read more »

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    A Stroll Through Venezia

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    We snuck into a private compartment on the train from Naples to Rome. It was a cozy experience. So cozy, in fact, we may or may not have been caught in the middle of some certain adult activities; though that’s a story for another time! We were also sheltered from the creepy man who stalked… Read more »

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    5 Pizzas in 24 Hours… Naples Done Right

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    Naples is a misunderstood city. It is an old city, one of the oldest continuously inhabited in the world, with a long and proud history. Yet people often judge Naples by its recent decline and struggle with crime. The Italian Mafia group known as the Camorra originated here, dating back to the 16th century. The… Read more »