Tangier – A Special Hell

“There is only one thing a writer can write about: what is in front of his senses at the moment of writing.” William S. Burroughs, Naked Lunch I wish I could tell you a story. But I can’t do that here. Not in Tangier. That’s not how it works at Africa’s door. You’re in whatever Read more about Tangier – A Special Hell[…]

Las Vegas

It’s a vice town. Sin City tells you everything you need to know upon entry. Any glance at the desert outside city limits will tell you that nothing belongs here. Fake Venice, Fake Egypt, and fake tits surrounded by miles of real desolation. People drawn to anonymity among displacement. Cynicism can’t kill Las Vegas. Las Read more about Las Vegas[…]

Croatia

Croatia There are bullet holes in one of the world’s most beautiful countries. Driving toward the southeastern tip of Croatia, our bus hugs the rail of a narrow strip of international highway alongside the Adriatic Sea. Orange skies over pebbly beaches make the water look like ripples in desert sand – the Old City of Read more about Croatia[…]

Marc and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Murphy’s Law in tourism and how I saw the Taj Mahal Marc Bernard Guest Blogger Mughal emperor Shah Jahan authorized the Taj Mahal to house the tomb of his favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. Colloquially known as “The Taj” and commissioned in 1632, it is one of the world’s most iconic symbols of everlasting love. In Read more about Marc and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day[…]

Amsterdam – Color and Gray

Amsterdam – Color and Gray Some cities have inevitable destinations. Inescapable landmarks within city grids, pins on maps you shouldn’t sidestep. London, the clock. Rome, the Colosseum. Berlin, the wall. Paris, the Catacombs. Places that are supposed to illustrate the color and culture of its host. Places that more often reflect ourselves whether we like Read more about Amsterdam – Color and Gray[…]

GUEST BLOG: A Beginner’s Guide to Hostels

A Beginner’s Guide to Hostels Marc Bernard Leave any phobias you might have picked up from horror movies at the door. It’s fun to stay in hostels abroad. It’s fun sharing a room with 3, 6, and maybe up to 33 strangers. Better if you have a private room. But Hollywood perceptions ruin good things Read more about GUEST BLOG: A Beginner’s Guide to Hostels[…]

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Venice – The Ghosts of New Atlantis

Venice – The Ghosts of New Atlantis It’s a crisp morning near the Northern Italy coastline, and a chilly breeze smells like barnacles as we board the back of a water bus. An overworked motor begrudgingly pushes us off its dock in Lido, interrupting muffled conversations on an otherwise quiet pontoon. A stretch of open Read more about Venice – The Ghosts of New Atlantis[…]

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Rome – Cities Tell Stories

Rome – Cities Tell Stories The way we describe cities often resembles how we talk about people. We’re familiar with hometowns like they’re old friends. We romanticize places we yearn to see. We associate cities with personas that reflect ourselves as much as the places themselves. Every city’s history – its unique sequence of golden Read more about Rome – Cities Tell Stories[…]

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London – A City for Life

London – A City for Life Every traveler knows that each new city you visit has its own distinct feel. Venice is for romance, Paris for walking, Budapest for eating… And London is for fun. We’re coursing through the veins of the pumping London Underground. A hemorrhage of people pouring from the metro funnel us Read more about London – A City for Life[…]

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Airbnb – Finding Your Place

Airbnb – Finding Your Place I love getting to a new place for the next chapter of my travel story. There is always a sense of wonder about what the destination will look like and what the next adventure will be. Airbnb was a BIG part of our travels in Europe because it put us Read more about Airbnb – Finding Your Place[…]