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Climbing La Soufriere Volcano, Guadeloupe. La Soufrière volcano forms the centerpiece of the western “wing” of Guadeloupe (Guadeloupe’s main two islands form the shape of a butterfly.). It last erupted in 1976. The last earthquake, also associated with the volcano, was in 2004. In other words, it’s still active. Click here to read more about my hike up an active volcano!

Climbing La Soufrière Volcano

Climbing La Soufriere Volcano, Guadeloupe. La Soufrière volcano forms the centerpiece of the western “wing” of Guadeloupe (Guadeloupe’s main two islands form the shape of a butterfly.). It last erupted in 1976. The last earthquake, also associated with the volcano, was in 2004. In other words, it’s still active. Click here to read more about my hike up an active volcano!

The Paradise In "Death In Paradise": Deshaies. If you read my post before this trip about how I chose my destination, you’ll know that it has to do with a BBC television show called “Death in Paradise.” Click here to read more about my experience in paradise!

The Paradise in "Death in Paradise": Deshaies

The Paradise In "Death In Paradise": Deshaies. If you read my post before this trip about how I chose my destination, you’ll know that it has to do with a BBC television show called “Death in Paradise.” Click here to read more about my experience in paradise!

10 Things the Dutch Think About Americans. “You’re not like most Americans.” A student of mine, a trainee English teacher, said this to me. I laughed, and the conversation moved on to other topics, but I’ve been thinking about what he meant by this. There is a view of Americans here in Holland, and I dare say in all of Europe, about what Americans are like. Click here to read more about common misconceptions!

10 Things the Dutch Think about Americans

10 Things the Dutch Think About Americans. “You’re not like most Americans.” A student of mine, a trainee English teacher, said this to me. I laughed, and the conversation moved on to other topics, but I’ve been thinking about what he meant by this. There is a view of Americans here in Holland, and I dare say in all of Europe, about what Americans are like. Click here to read more about common misconceptions!

Kanazawa: Worth A Visit. Kanazawa hit the travel sections in March 2015 with the opening of a new shinkansen (bullet train) line going there from Tokyo. It cut the travel time to less than two and half hours. I’d never heard of Kanazawa before, but that coverage led me to add it to my plans. Discover more about this fascinating city of Japan!

Kanazawa: Worth a Visit

Kanazawa: Worth A Visit. Kanazawa hit the travel sections in March 2015 with the opening of a new shinkansen (bullet train) line going there from Tokyo. It cut the travel time to less than two and half hours. I’d never heard of Kanazawa before, but that coverage led me to add it to my plans. Discover more about this fascinating city of Japan!

Is The Erotic Museum In Amsterdam Erotic? The short answer to the question in the title is “No, the Erotic Museum Amsterdam is not erotic.” What is it? Thought provoking and sometimes disturbing. Click here to read more about my strange experience in Amsterdam!

Is the Erotic Museum Amsterdam erotic

Is The Erotic Museum In Amsterdam Erotic? The short answer to the question in the title is “No, the Erotic Museum Amsterdam is not erotic.” What is it? Thought provoking and sometimes disturbing. Click here to read more about my strange experience in Amsterdam!

Dubai Miracle Garden: Absurdity In The Desert. The taxi ride promised little excitement. It was mid-afternoon and the traffic flowed smoothly past the shiny tall buildings. It was the standard Dubai scenery. Click here to discover this little known Dubai gem!

Dubai Miracle Garden: Absurdity in the desert

Dubai Miracle Garden: Absurdity In The Desert. The taxi ride promised little excitement. It was mid-afternoon and the traffic flowed smoothly past the shiny tall buildings. It was the standard Dubai scenery. Click here to discover this little known Dubai gem!

Trip Of A Lifetime: Bloggers Pick Their Must-See Destinations. For this collaborative post, I asked fellow travel bloggers about their idea of a trip of a lifetime:  If a person who’s never traveled far from home asked you to name the one place they should visit on their one and only trip ever, what would you say? Click here to read their surprising responses!

Trip of a Lifetime: Bloggers Pick their Must-See Destinations

Trip Of A Lifetime: Bloggers Pick Their Must-See Destinations. For this collaborative post, I asked fellow travel bloggers about their idea of a trip of a lifetime: If a person who’s never traveled far from home asked you to name the one place they should visit on their one and only trip ever, what would you say? Click here to read their surprising responses!

Lovely Burghausen Castle in Germany. I love castles, especially the medieval kind. I wrote about this attraction to everything medieval a few years ago, trying to get at why we like it, when that historical period was clearly such a terrible time in Europe. Click here to read more about my experience at this German castle!

Lovely Burghausen Castle

Lovely Burghausen Castle in Germany. I love castles, especially the medieval kind. I wrote about this attraction to everything medieval a few years ago, trying to get at why we like it, when that historical period was clearly such a terrible time in Europe. Click here to read more about my experience at this German castle!

Tokyo, Anime and My Son. When I ask Robert where he would like to travel, the first place on his list is Tokyo. Why? Because of his interest in Japanese animation and games — or, as he says it, anime and gaming. Click here to read more about our adventures in Tokyo, Japan!

Tokyo, Anime, and My Son

Tokyo, Anime and My Son. When I ask Robert where he would like to travel, the first place on his list is Tokyo. Why? Because of his interest in Japanese animation and games — or, as he says it, anime and gaming. Click here to read more about our adventures in Tokyo, Japan!

Singapore. The Old and The New. After my visit to Pulau Ubin in Singapore, I spent most of the rest of my very short stay visiting with my foster daughter, Krislyn, and her Singapore family. But Krislyn and I needed time for a good long chat, and decided to check out Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay. Click here to read more about my modern Singapore discoveries!

Singapore, the Old and the New

Singapore. The Old and The New. After my visit to Pulau Ubin in Singapore, I spent most of the rest of my very short stay visiting with my foster daughter, Krislyn, and her Singapore family. But Krislyn and I needed time for a good long chat, and decided to check out Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay. Click here to read more about my modern Singapore discoveries!


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