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The Cocktails of Quarantine

This year has been difficult for those who want to get out for a drink. COVID has kept us home to try out our own quarantine cocktails.
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Views of the Giant Buddha of Leshan

As flood waters in China have reached the Giant Buddha of Leshan, I'm reminded of my trip to the UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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Taking Advantage of New Jersey Parks During Quarantine

While we have been stuck at home for months due to COVID-19, I was able to get out a few times to visit some of the great New Jersey parks.
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Losing Hong Kong

Hong Kong was never my home, but it was there when I needed it. Amid the congestion of Kowloon and Central, I felt at ease. It was an escape.
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Overindulgence at PastryTown Beer Festival in Brooklyn

Enjoying more than a few beers at the Pastrytown beer festival in Brooklyn. Most of the beers available were strong and based on pastry flavors.
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Enjoying Vermont in Winter When Most of the Town Is Closed

Sometimes you have to make the best of a destination. It was a quiet trip to Vermont in winter when much of the town of Manchester was closed.

How to Cope with Overtourism

Overtourism is the reality of travel as more people head for the world's popular destinations. But there are ways to avoid the crowds and headaches.
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Touring Temples at Wat Xieng Thong in Luang Prabang

There's a lot to see around touristy Luang Prabang, and Wat Xieng Thong, the most important of temples in town, is at the top of the list.
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Booze Review: Ghost Coast Whiskey from Savannah

A review of Ghost Coast whiskey from in Savannah, GA. These include a straight bourbon, grain whiskey, and honey and ginger whiskey.
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Hiking in the Garden State

There's more to New Jersey than highways and dumps. There's a lot of great hiking in the Garden State -- more than I even thought.

A Bit of Blue at the Frida Kahlo Museum

There's a lot of art to see around Mexico City, and the Frida Kahlo Museum at The Blue House was one of the best places to visit.
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Eating Through San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

It's not easy getting your fill of Mexican food in San Miguel de Allende when battling food poisoning, but I managed to find some tasty options.

My Favorite Bars Around the World

There are rankings for the best bars in the world, but I haven't been to any. So, here are some of my favorite bars from around the world.
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Booze Review: Brazilian Gin

A sample of Brazilian gin from McQueen and the Violet Fog, a more mellow gin that makes some pleasant cocktails.
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A Tour of the DMZ in South Korea

A tour of the DMZ in South Korea that included the third infiltration tunnel, Paju, and Gyeongui, the reunification train station.