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Maori Culture

January 8th, 2010 · Comments Off on Maori Culture

The Maori are the indigenous people of New Zealand and Nomadic Matt, currently traveling there, treats us to a video from a cultural show in the area. In this particular video, you can catch a glimpse of Maori life but much else. I’ve always found that cultural shows like this are a great place start, […]

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Amtrak Plans Wi-Fi on Acela Trains

December 7th, 2009 · Comments Off on Amtrak Plans Wi-Fi on Acela Trains

Bloomberg reported in late October that Amtrak plans to offer free Wi-Fi internet access on their high-speed Acela trains starting in 2010. The Wi-Fi may not stay free though, they’ll decide whether or not to charge after the initial deployment. I fly fairly frequently and having wi-fi available on a trip would be awesome. I […]

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Free Wi-Fi at Airports, Courtesy of Google

November 16th, 2009 · Comments Off on Free Wi-Fi at Airports, Courtesy of Google

Last weekend I flew to Las Vegas for a conference and was pleasantly surprised when I learned that Google was working with some airport wireless providers to offer free Wifi over the holidays. Baltimore Washington International, my home airport, was one of the forty seven airports participating in the free offer, available until January 15th, […]

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Dunhill Vacations Email Newsletter

October 24th, 2009 · Comments Off on Dunhill Vacations Email Newsletter

I’m a big fan of Travelzoo’s Top 20 weekly emails and so when I saw Dunhill Vacations, a similar travel deals site, offer their own emails, I signed up. With both of these newsletters, you get weekly emails notifying you of hot travel deals. With Travelzoo, you get their top twenty deals every week which […]

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A Review of Our Packing!

October 4th, 2009 · 13 Comments

One of my responsibilities for our trip was to pack for both Jim and I. After reading some tips on lightweight packing I got started on packing lightly for our month-long trip! It was difficult to know what to pack since we were going to be going from cold and rainy 55F days to hot […]

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Lightweight Packing Tips

October 4th, 2009 · 1 Comment

After our month long journey ended I wanted to review my packing job to see how I did!  We worked hard to reduce the amount of clothes since we were going to be only carrying backpacks.  It was also difficult since we had to bring clothes to fit climates that ranged from 50F and rainy […]

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Cashmere Scarf Shopping in Edinburgh

September 30th, 2009 · 3 Comments

Shopping! What would a trip be without shopping? Just joking, but really, Edinburgh is a great place to purchase cashmere since it is one of the main exports of Scotland. During our time in downtown Edinburgh we were able to get some beautiful cashmere scarfs for Christmas gifts. This was the first time during our […]

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Our First Hours in Edinburgh, Scotland

September 21st, 2009 · Comments Off on Our First Hours in Edinburgh, Scotland

After our wonderful time in sunny, hot, and absolutely beautiful Cinque Terre, we made our way to Pisa for our flight to Edinburgh. We were able to make an early train from Vernazza to Monterossa. From there it was a direct train to the central Pisa airport. One word of advice, always leave with plenty […]

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What Does Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) Mean?

September 10th, 2009 · Comments Off on What Does Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) Mean?

While we were in Cinque Terre, we wanted to buy some food related souvenirs for friends and family. Cinque Terre is known for, among other things, olive oil. At one store, whose name escapes me, we asked the owner what her favorite bottle was. She took us over to the olive oil shelf and started […]

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A Quick Snack on the Banks of the Rhine

August 12th, 2009 · Comments Off on A Quick Snack on the Banks of the Rhine

After climbing up the 509 stairs of the Koln Cathedral, Martha and I were in the mood for a little rest, a little hefeweizen (of course!) and a little snack. We walked down to the Rhein garten, a walking and biking path that tracks the Rhine River, for a little stroll and to find a […]

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