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August 2012

Obsessed with cocktails al fresco: my favorite rooftop bars

I first fell in love with rooftop bars in Melbourne: the city center is scattered with open-air spaces to sip a cocktail, eat dinner or watch a movie. The aptly-named Rooftop Bar was one of my favorite levels of Curtin House on a warm summer evening,...
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Postcard from Amarillo

Amarillo isn't on the the top of many people's lists of what they want to see in America. This "Yellow Rose of Texas" makes many an appearance in country music songs, but it's not at the forefront of Texas tourism. Honestly, Amarillo is a...
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Life lessons 101: from freshman year to the real world

There's a certain energy that takes over a college campus in the weeks leading up to the first day of school: a buzz of  opportunity and optimism, a feeling that this is a brand-new start. Subletting a room on the street that borders Columbia...
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Postcard from Santa Fe

To be fair, we didn't spend that much time in Santa Fe. And to be honest, we spent most of it drinking on rooftops. That being said, Renee and I both absolutely loved this artsy Southwestern city in New Mexico after just one afternoon. The...
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Money versus time: what’s the value?

Time is money, or so they say. However, often when you're traveling long-term, you seem to have a whole lot of time and not a lot of money. You're willing to spend all day on a cheap local bus packed with people in Vietnam. You don't mind working on...
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Getting sucked into the Sedona energy vortex

There's something about Sedona that pulls you in: the stunning red rocks, the brilliant entrance via a twisting canyon road, the vortexes that local New Age fanatics swear by. It's not just the local hippies who are infected with the Sedona...
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Postcard from Sedona in the rain

When we were in the midst of planning a road trip across the USA in July, a few people told us we were crazy. It'd be too hot, humid, muggy, sticky, awful. Not one person warned us about monsoon season. So we couldn't help but laugh as we...
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Expectations and the Grand Canyon

I'm starting to learn that life is all about expectations. Expect a lot, and invariably be disappointed. Have no expectations, and anything remotely good will seem infinitely better. It's particularly true in travel, and it's one of the...
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Giving Las Vegas a second chance

The first time I went to Las Vegas was for my 21st birthday. I flew out for a fancy dinner and Cirque du Soleil show with my parents before meeting up with two girlfriends for three days of drinking and dancing. It sounds like the perfect...
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Postcard from the Arizona highway

When I think of Arizona, I think of expanses of red desert with endless blue skies: tall, looming cacti, tumblewoods lazing across a deserted highway, violet and white blooms hugging the ground. However, Arizona was a constant surprise:...
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