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Persephone Travels: Curacao

In a maddening (“maddening”) situation of “someone has to do it,” I spent half of January on the island of Curacao (Dutch Antilles, not Cuba, etc). Mister Freckle and I thought it was a nice half way meeting point between the US and the Netherlands, the amazing island itself came later into the decision.

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Persephone Travels: Ghent and Bruges

One nice thing about living in Europe is that you can be in another country in less than two hours, airplane not even necessary. For the weekend, I train-traveled around Belgium.

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All Shook Up in Ukraine

In 2006, which feels like a million years ago, I went to Ukraine for a weekend. It was an eventful two days, and I’ve just come across the pictures on a photo disc (that’s how old-fashioned we’re talking about here), so let me tell you all about it.

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Gift Guide Travel

Checking Out Holiday World and Splashin’ Safari

Earlier this month, my family and I took a short road trip and visited the what’s credited as the world’s first theme park. No, we didn’t go to Disneyland or Coney Island, or a Six Flags location. We traveled to Santa Claus, Indiana, and visited Holiday World and Splashin’ Safari.

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Response to Chris Bucholz’s “5 Stupid Travel Myths Everyone Believes”

Why does this bother me so much? I’ve only traveled outside of the country once.

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City Trip: Nantes, France

Don’t believe the French when they say they speak “good English.” The majority of them won’t get past ten or fifteen words. Do believe that the city of Nantes is worth the talking with hand, feet and dictionary app.

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The National Park Passport: Stamping Memories One Park at a Time

Family vacations can be a lot of work. When my kids were younger, I called them family trips, because, really, traveling with toddlers is the exact opposite of a vacation. As my kids have gotten older, however, vacation has turned into an enjoyable experience.

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GDR Nostalgia in Brandenburg

Last week, my sister and I took a bunch of kids on a last big carefree holiday before the oldest ones start school in September. Out of both necessity (we needed a place that we could all reach comfortably by train) and a bout of nostalgia, we decided on a sleepy little town in Brandenburg.

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Strangers on a Train (The Not So Thrilling Version)

What do you write about when you cannot think of anything to write about?

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Travel

Travel Report: Istanbul, Turkey

I won’t lie and say I wasn’t pulled to Istanbul by anything other than romance: Istanbul is the final stop on The Orient Express, it’s where the power of the Roman Empire split, and it’s a city that bridges two continents. It could easily be the setting of a Zoe Archer romance or the backdrop for […]

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Travel

Why You Should Travel Any Time (or Not)

I have a confession. This was going to be a simple travel article on my last vacation while still teaching overseas.

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Two Days in Tokyo on the Cheap(ish)

Let’s make one thing clear: Japan is not a cheap place to travel. That’s unfortunate because of all the places I’ve visited while teaching in South Korea, Japan is my second favorite (the top spot belongs to the Philippines).

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Travel

True Perspectives, or To Each His Own

Standing inside the main dining room in Windsor Castle, we stared in awe at a dining room table that must have been 30 feet long at least. 

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Universal Like You Mean It: A Team Member’s Guide to Guests

As mentioned in passing in some of my previous posts, I work at a local theme park, but I’ve never said until today that it was Universal Orlando. I’m here, lovelies, to give you all an insider’s guide to the parks (and CityWalk) so that if you’re ever in my neck of the woods, you […]

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I Hate to Fly, Except That I Absolutely Love It

I have a total love/hate relationship with flying. It’s stressful and inconvenient and uncomfortable, except when it’s peaceful and beautiful and honestly one of my favorite things in the world.