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Barcelona For The First Time

When trying to describe Barcelona, it’s difficult to pick the proper superlative because they all apply. Barcelona is an amazingly beautiful and historic city with an incredibly rich and complex history. The people are warm and genuine and ready to assist with any questions a visitor might have. Along with its magnificent architecture, desirable walkability, […]

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A Visit to Historic Old San Juan

One of the benefits of living in the Miami area is the ability to fly to a plethora of destinations for fairly cheap. With Miami International just twenty minutes away and Fort Lauderdale just up the road, it’s easy to find spur of the moment deals. And since our time in Miami Beach is limited, […]

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Samara Tree House Inn

When Brenda and I are talking with people seeking recommendations for Costa Rica, one of the places we frequently suggest is Samara. It’s a quaint, unpretentious village on the pacific coast with a wonderful beach and community. Its central location in the Nicoya peninsula affords you the opportunity to explore other areas in addition to […]

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A Year in Review: The Past, The Present, The Future

As the memories of 2017 start to slowly fade away and the anticipation of a new year begins to build, I thought it would be a good time to reflect a bit on some of our travel experiences from last year. It’s no secret that Brenda and I love to travel and that it is […]

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Joglo Tree House. A Taste of Bali in Costa Rica

Brenda and I have a habit of trying to match destinations with accommodations. Usually, when we travel, we are trying to find a location and a place to stay that matches up with our personalities. We aren’t that interested in an all-inclusive style resort in an overwhelmingly touristy area. But it’s almost impossible to avoid […]

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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 […]