Play a Game of Pachinko in Japan

Play a Game of Pachinko in Japan

One of the things I vividly remember as a child was my father bringing me to the video arcade to spend hours playing flashy pinball machines. There was always something mesmerizing about watching as the steel ball bounced from flipper to drop-target to spinner. This may explain why I was adamant about going to the […]

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Swim With Whale Sharks. Cancun, Mexico.

Swim With Whale Sharks. Cancun, Mexico.

I am not a huge fan of cilantro, raw tomatoes, spicy food, tequila shots or wearing sombreros, which is why traveling to the touristy towns in Mexico is typically not high on my list. But, there was something in Cancun that I would eat a habanero pepper covered in tomato salsa while wearing a silly […]

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Have a Romantic Sunset Dinner Overlooking the Santorini Caldera

Have a Romantic Sunset Dinner Overlooking the Santorini Caldera

Peter and I are not romantic. Cute, yes. Romantic? Not so much. In our 20 years together there has never been rose petals sprinkled on the bed, feeding each other caviar by candlelight or long bubble baths with champagne. Though, while traveling through Santorini, Greece there was an opportunity to get a little romance on and […]

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See the Street Art in Freak Alley in Boise, Idaho

See the Street Art in Freak Alley in Boise, Idaho

I was peacefully walking along the streets of downtown Boise when I caught a lazy bear wearing a golden crown staring me in the face. What do you want? Then, a big bellied patriotic man smoking a pipe and wearing red & white striped pants crossed my path. Where am I? The answer was Idaho’s whimsical Freak Alley. […]

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Experience Istanbul’s Call to Prayer at the Blue Mosque

Experience Istanbul’s Call to Prayer at the Blue Mosque

Five times a day throughout the streets of Istanbul you can hear the trilling call to prayer, also known as ezan. During this time the voice of the bellowing muezzin, the man who calls the Muslims to prayer from a minaret, can be heard over the loudspeakers at different mosques in the city. The first time I heard the […]

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Bucket List of 15 Things to Do on a Safari in Tanzania

Bucket List of 15 Things to Do on a Safari in Tanzania

Though going on a safari in Tanzania as a guest of Shadows of Africa was one HUGE bucket list check, there were also a number of mini checks during this incredible four day adventure.   Bucket List of 15 Things to Do on Safari in Tanzania 1. SPOT THE BIG FIVE If you are traveling all the way to […]

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Spend the Night in a Hostel. Florence, Italy.

Spend the Night in a Hostel. Florence, Italy.

In my many years of traveling around the world, it was not until embarrassingly recently that I had ever spent the night in a hostel. This popular and economical lodging option was never on my agenda mostly because I don’t feel comfortable sleeping in the same room or sharing a restroom with strangers. When needing to pee […]

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Attend Mass at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France

Attend Mass at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France

Call me crazy, but seeing Notre Dame Cathedral was not on my Paris bucket list prior to arriving in France. What was I thinking? Peter and I actually passed by it the first time without even stopping and accidentally stumbled upon it the second time, only drawn in by the crowds and bleachers out front. Though many times while traveling, large crowds […]

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See Hugging Zebras in Africa. Snapshot.

See Hugging Zebras in Africa. Snapshot.

See Hugging Zebras in Africa While on safari in Tanzania, with Shadows of Africa, there was a wild vision that that never grew dull, the sight of zebras hugging. This sweet sight won’t be terribly difficult to spot, I got a glimpse of them in Serengeti, Ngorongoro and Tarengire National Parks. Though this moment may be interpreted by humans as being nothing but tender, […]

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See the Mount Athos Byzantine Monasteries in Greece

See the Mount Athos Byzantine Monasteries in Greece

99.8% of the time I am overly content with being a woman. But, while traveling through Halkidiki, Greece I encountered that .2%. Due to my genetic femininity I would only be able to witness the breathtaking Mount Athos Byzantine monasteries from a minimum of 500 meters away. That’s a whopping 1640 feet to us Americans, 140 meters longer […]

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