Parrilla Tour Buenos Aires

In a city of thirteen million people, you can imagine how many culinary options there are to choose from. So what’s a culture-loving foodie to do when presented with so many choices? Easy. Go on The Parrilla Tour of Buenos Aires. Founded by David Carlisle of Portland, Oregon and Santiago Palermo of Buenos Aires, the tour offers… Continue reading Parrilla Tour Buenos Aires

What it Means to be An American

I’ve traveled to many beautiful, fascinating countries in my thirty-four years on this planet. I’m constantly reordering my favorite places around in my head, readying myself for those: “what’s your favorite country?” questions. I used to hate that question, but the older I get, the more clearly I can compartmentalize my experiences and subjectively articulate… Continue reading What it Means to be An American

Leaving Sixty-Nine Behind: Traveling to Country Number Seventy

Argentina beckons. In two weeks I’ll be strolling down the rambling streets of Buenos Aires, visiting the land of gauchos, estancias, and the birthplace of the tango for the first time. Argentina will become my 70th country in the world to visit. I have mixed feelings about this number “70”, partly because 69 seems intriguing to many people (and… Continue reading Leaving Sixty-Nine Behind: Traveling to Country Number Seventy

Maupiti- Bora Bora’s Better Little Sister

When my husband and I set out on our six-week Pacific honeymoon years ago, I knew that French Polynesia had to be included. The only problem being that Bora Bora, the ultimate honeymoon destination, is also one of the world’s most expensive. Although we did bite the proverbial bullet and stayed on the cash-cow island,… Continue reading Maupiti- Bora Bora’s Better Little Sister

Movie Monday: Crocodile Attack!

OK, so the title is a bit dramatic. The croc in question wasn’t exactly a massive, snarling beast, and he didn’t actually attack me (maybe he was a she, but “he” sounds more fierce). I’m no Steve Irwin, but I am a Louisiana native. So, we could draw some Swamp People parallels, here (substitute crocodile with alligator, though). This video… Continue reading Movie Monday: Crocodile Attack!

Lord of the Rings in Fiordland National Park New Zealand

What’s the first thing you think of when you hear New Zealand? For many, it is The Lord of the Rings. I was first made aware of this Pacific island nation’s shocking beauty while watching The Fellowship of the Ring all those years ago. Most visitors to Kiwi land make sure to include a stop in Fiordland… Continue reading Lord of the Rings in Fiordland National Park New Zealand

Fourth of July on Fox Glacier New Zealand

Making vacation plans for July 4th? Why not opt for something completely unconventional and clamber up New Zealand’s epic Fox Glacier. Don’t worry, you can include totally American activities like hot-dog eating and beer drinking. (Reading this and thinking, but I’m not American…? Well, I still think it’s a good idea for any nationality to hike Fox… Continue reading Fourth of July on Fox Glacier New Zealand

Movie Monday: Bungee Jumping over the Zambezi River at Victoria Falls

If you caught last Monday’s movie of me skydiving in Namibia, you may have noticed that I was on a bit of an adrenaline-adventure kick while in Africa. Part of my soul searching was infused with a bit of reckless “I’ll try anything” behavior. It suited me well at the time; it was a now or never kind… Continue reading Movie Monday: Bungee Jumping over the Zambezi River at Victoria Falls

Movie Monday: Skydiving the Namib Desert in Swakopmund Namibia

We’re going to mix things up a bit this Monday, getting away from wildlife and focusing more on adventure. Lately, I’ve noticed a lot of conversations around skydiving: people wanting to try it, some who have already booked it, people who would never consider doing it, and those talking about how amazingly awesome their experience was. Personally,… Continue reading Movie Monday: Skydiving the Namib Desert in Swakopmund Namibia