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The Challenge Is Twofold

This spring will define me. I’m finishing up my rough draft for Travels With My Mother in the comforts of a friend’s home in a suburb outside San Francisco. It is now time to transition into the real reason I’m here. I’ve come San Francisco ...

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The Next Chapter In My Life

Today is the first day of the rest of my life. I am moving to San Francisco. Here is why. Backstory: I lived in Panama for the last 5 years. The last 3 of those years, a couple buddies and I had a sweet-ass boutique hotel ...

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10 Thoughts About China

Napoleon Bonaparte, “When the dragon awakes, she will shake the world.” Almost 200 years after Napoleon’s prediction, the dragon known as China is waking up. In the late 1970’s China opened its economy to the rest of the world. Since then, the awakening dragon has ...

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10 Thoughts About Japan

Japan tickles me. Like few countries have ever tickled me before. My mother and I spent 25 days in Japan. The country is a treat. Here are 10 thoughts about it: 1. No crime. Osaka is Japan’s most dangerous city. Their crime statistics are incredible. ...

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10 Thoughts About South Korea

10 Thoughts About South Korea 1. Koreans are some of the kindest people. Their hospitality is outstanding. Taxi drivers insist on giving back change. In the subway, Koreans will come up to help us. Not only do they point us in the right direction, they walk ...

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Italian Pizzeria Internship

Pizza has a history. In the 16th century, bakers in Naples, Italy began producing a flatbread for the poor. It was cheap and sold by street vendors. They called it pizza. Pizza added toppings. The introduction of the Indian Water Buffalo to Italian agriculture led to ...

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Impressions of Germany

  Food: 1) Asparagus. Did you know that white asparagus existed? I sure didn’t. Germans eat white asparagus almost exclusively – and a lot of it. 2) Doner Kebab. Doner kebab is to Europe what the burrito is to America. Furthermore, Germany is to the doner kebab ...

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Highlights of France

The good times keep on rolling. Our Grand Tour arrived in France. We spent 23 days exploring this fabled nation. We covered virtually the entire country, eating and drinking well the entire time. Here are some of the highlights: Food: 1) Exoticness. The French make strange things ...

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Word Association Game For Travelers

I like to play a word association game with travelers. Say a nationality. Reply with the first adjective that comes to mind. Experiences, events, and people have all shaped everyone’s perception differently. Here were some of my responses. Irish – Talkative Italian – Expressive Americans – ...

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Highlights of Italy

Spending 25 days in Italy has been fantastic. It’s something about the small cars and even smaller shots of espresso; the over-generous portions of food and good-looking people. I thought I would like Italy – but I loved it. Here are some of the highlights. Food: 1) Aperitivo ...

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