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Don’t go to Saba Island in the Caribbean

June 18, 2019 44 Comments »

Saba Island Caribbean

Don’t go to Saba Island if you are looking for a beach; you won’t find one on this Dutch Caribbean island. There are no concrete high-rises on this island that bills itself as the “Unspoiled Queen of the Caribbean.” You won’t find a stoplight, bugs, fast food, crime, or cruise ships. Instead, charming, white wooden […]

Tip Toe Through the Tulips

May 10, 2013 10 Comments »

  The home of tulips – the Netherlands When I lived in NYC and San Francisco I used to treat myself to a bouquet of flowers weekly to spruce up my apartment and my attitude.  Seriously – how can you be stressed or angry with a colorful bouquet of flowers in your home?  I made a decision […]

Couchsurfing Regrets

October 12, 2010 63 Comments »

I live my life very deliberately – and I have very few regrets. In fact, my regrets are the usual…I wish I would have kept up my violin skills, I wish I would have learned how to ski at a young age, and I really regret I didn’t learn a language in college. But now […]

Red Light District Amsterdam

August 24, 2010 23 Comments »

I really didn’t know what to expect from the infamous Red Light District in Amsterdam, but I was certainly intrigued and excited to check it out.  I like the sleaze, the grime, and the passion, and I really like things that challenge my way of thinking – so I had high hopes.  Yet those hopes […]

Photo of the Week – Kinderdijk Netherlands

August 20, 2010 18 Comments »

As most of you know – I’m currently traveling/housesitting in Europe.  This has sent my photography into overload…so instead of one photo this week – you get a set of photos from my recent trip to Kinderdijk Netherlands.  Kinderdijk is a Unesco World Heritage Site thanks to it’s amazing display of windmills – over 19 […]

Netherlands Bike Culture

August 19, 2010 19 Comments »

As soon as I stepped out of Amsterdam Centraal station from the airport, I saw what makes Amsterdam different from other cities I’ve visited…no, not the canals (Venice has canals!); it was the bikes. Seeing everyone flitting around on two wheels immediately struck me as a unique piece of culture. I’m not sure why, but […]

The Flower Clock

August 17, 2010 8 Comments »

Tick Tock, Tick Tock… The alarm went off at 5:15AM and I wondered why I was doing this to myself. It’s just flowers, I could sleep a little while longer – right? Yet my desire to see flowers ended up winning out over my desire to sleep; after all, this was the only time I’d […]

7 Attractions in 7 Hours – Turbo Tourism

August 12, 2010 14 Comments »

It was 11:30AM and the man at the ticket counter looked at me anxiously and said “Are you ready?”. I took a deep breath, tightened my backpack straps, got a good grip on my camera and said “Yes” confidently. The machine let out a long BEEEEEP! My I Amsterdam card was now officially ticking. I […]

How to best utilize the I Amsterdam Card

August 10, 2010 16 Comments »

Amsterdam has a lot to offer for tourists – but how do you see everything Amsterdam has to offer while on a budget? Prior to arriving in Amsterdam, I had heard of the I Amsterdam card from many websites; see everything Amsterdam has to offer a tourist in a limited amount of time. It sounded […]