jersey city brew fest

Drinking Local at the Jersey City Brew Fest

"Drinking is an emotional thing. It joggles you out of the standardism of everyday life, out of everything being the same." - Charles Bukowski I hadn't...
heavenly lake temple

Literary Travel Inspiration

"What is true peace, I cannot know. A hundred wars have come and gone as I’ve grown old. I bear their burdens in my bones. Mine’s the...
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Seafood Feast in Mui Ne, Vietnam

Exploring all the seafood, and a few other dishes, that Mui Ne has to offer. As Mui Ne is a tourist resort town, the food wasn't as good as in other parts of Vietnam, but there were some highlights.
bagan myanmar

Traveler Reads: Burmese Days by George Orwell

The categorization of expats is what makes George Orwell's Burmese Days relevant today. The scenery and situations may have changed, but there is much more with which to identify as we travel the world.
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Touring Vientiane on a Bike

On my first full day in Vientiane, I decided to go biking through the capital city. While biking Vientiane made it easier to see more of the city, I should've been better prepared.
Dalat Market

Eating Everything in Dalat, Vietnam

Wandering around Dalat, Vietnam, in search of the best local delicacies from street vendors and restaurants.
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Hiking the Four Beasts of Taipei

A leisurely hike turned into something a bit more strenuous when I was invited on a trek through the Four Beasts of Taipei that included Elephant Mountain, Tiger Mountain, and 9-5 Peak.

Craft Beer to Warm Up in Montreal

A trip to Montreal would not be complete without a bit of bar hopping to sample Quebec's craft beer. There's plenty to drink along the way.
shanghai lanterns

Happy Year of the Dog

This year begins the Year of the Dog in the Chinese calendar. During my first year in China, I got to experience Spring Festival and celebrate Chinese New Year.
pasteur street beer

On Drinking with Locals

Travelers often want to go drinking with locals, but it isn't always easy. You have to understand the local drinking culture and have an idea of where to go.
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Hiking through Watkins Glen

Hiking through Watkins Glen State Park in autumn. This is one of the most visited state parks in New York as it attracts visitors with its natural beauty.
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Freezing into the New Year in Montreal

Spending the New Year's Eve in the frigid Canadian city of Montreal. Following the crowds to watch the festivities and fireworks along the river.

The Necessity of Subways

There's a reason I tend to travel to cities instead of more rural destinations. While I enjoy nature and all that it offers, I need to use subways. It's a necessity if I want to avoid driving.
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On a Boat to Pak Ou Caves

A morning boat ride in Luang Prabang, Laos, along the Mekong River to the Buddhist holy site Pak Ou Caves. The caves are home to about 2500 Buddha statues.
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Booze Review: Stone Xocoveza

Xocoveza is Stone Brewing's take on Mexican hot chocolate in beer form. It's a smooth and wonderful blend of chocolate, coffee, and winter spices.