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Joglo Tree House. A Taste of Bali in Costa Rica

Of all the places we’ve stayed, Joglo Tree House may be the most unique. And I’m not referring to just the house. The location was as magnificent as the structure and accessing the property was an adventure in itself. Dominical was our second stop on this trip and unfortunately we only spent a couple of […]

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Modern Map Art

A couple of months ago, Jennifer from Modern Map Art contacted me and asked if I would be interested in doing a review of one of their maps. They are a Madison, Wisconsin based company and noticed that our web designer is located in the same city. After checking out their website I immediately responded with an […]

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Miami Beach: Home Sweet Home?

About five years ago Brenda and I started looking for a place down south where we could get away from time to time during the god awful long Wisconsin winter. We sat down one weekend and put together a list of preferences, along with things that were not negotiable. As expected, the number one requirement […]

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Fabrica de Arte Cubano: This is what revolution looks like.

I had planned on writing a few in-depth reviews about our time in Havana, but to be honest I’m struggling to construct a cogent narrative. In a previous post, I wrote about trying to balance romanticizing Havana with the reality that is Cuba. And that is the dilemma I’m dealing with. Cuba is a complex […]

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A Diamond In The Rough: Luna Llena Hotel

 Luna Llena Hotel It seems as though, on most trips, Brenda and I end up moving a couple of times. With limited time, we always want to experience as much as possible. Part of me would like to stay in the same place and avoid packing and unpacking. But if there is time to  squeeze in […]

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Christmas Cruise: A Weekend at Walmart

A few years ago we started a new holiday tradition in our house. Realizing how much we disliked the craziness that is the American Christmas season, Brenda and I decided to start taking our three kids on a trip, in place of buying gifts. We thought it would be a great way to connect as […]

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Tagonce

I hate luggage tags. I know it’s a silly thing, but I think for the most part they are useless. Constantly filling out information by hand on flimsy pieces of paper and then attaching it to your bag, usually with an inadequate strap. I like my Briggs-Riley roll aboard but even that has an interior […]

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Christmas Market in Germany

It’s getting to be that time of year when Brenda and I start thinking about Germany. I know that may sound odd, but for quite a few years we traveled to Frankfurt, Germany every December. One of our vendors, a German company, participates in a large international trade show that we would attend. It gave […]

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Whistler Blackcomb

The older we get, the more we prefer warm weather. It might be because we’ve spent our lives growing up in Wisconsin, where there truly is a shortage of warm days. But whatever the reason, both Brenda and I are constantly seeking places that afford us long days of hot, humid weather. This certainly is […]

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Packs, Packs, and more Packs

Osprey Porter 46, Tortuga, Minaal 2.0 For me, backpacks are like tattoos. I have more than I need and less than I want. I wouldn’t say it’s an obsession, but I am constantly looking for a better carry-on bag. A few bad travel experiences can leave a lasting impression. Brenda and I clearly remember what […]