Shoes on the Danube

Sometimes simplicity makes for the most powerful memorials, and that is true of the Shoes on the Danube Promenade where I returned multiple times when visiting Budapest. On the other hand, there is something to be said for largescale remembrance, and that’s true of the Dohány Street Synagogue, also known as the Great Synagogue …

Ravensbruck Nazi Death Camp

There was a Nazi concentration camp built just for women. Ravensbrück sits on the shore of a picturesque lake in northern Berlin, the beauty of the scenery belying the horror that once reigned there. Unlike other camps, Ravensbrück was not built specifically for Jewish prisoners. It was built to hold about 6,000 female prisoners …

Château de Chenonceau in the Loire Valley

All you need to know before you go to the best château in the Loire Valley: A visit to France’s Loire Valley is truly incomplete without a visit to Château de Chenonceau. I was first attracted to the Loire Valley because of the Loire River, which served as the demarcation line in central France during WWII. …

plastic water bottle in vietnam

One of the most common questions that I get is how I avoid using single-use plastic water bottles while traveling. And, oh boy, do I have a story. Or Ten. See, I fancied myself a responsible traveler when I first set out to live as a nomad. I mean, I reused plastic water bottles …

No doubt about it, 2019 was a BIG year for me. I backpacked SE Asia, traveled much of Europe, walked the Camino de Santiago, and moved home to Portland, Ore. for the first time since I moved to Chicago for “one year” some 15 years ago. It was a year of change, a year …

Prague is one of the best cities in the world to visit, especially during the holiday season. Prague is also one of the busiest cities in the world, especially during the holiday season. This blog will tell you all about how to beat the crowds during the holiday – and any time of the …

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