220 posts & counting…

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Aug
2015
31
Jul
2015

usa: cedar rapids

USA, Iowa, Cedar Rapids, houses

Pretty much everything about this year has been unexpected, including major health problems for my aunt & uncle… at the same time. We’re a family of three people, so I went in February to Cedar Rapids to help however I could. Almost 25 years had passed since I’d last visited!

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21
Jun
2015

aveiro: architecture

Portugal, Aveiro, architecture

Since I work as a tour guide, when I go somewhere new I adopt a very different philosophy: little research before arrival, explore on foot once there, then investigate online at night. This method works well since I’m often several days in one spot. My kind of travel. So as I walked from the train station to my hotel along the main avenue, the architecture of Aveiro turned out to be a pleasant surprise.

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20
Jun
2015

aveiro: azulejos

For years I’d read that Aveiro had fantastic tile work. But when to visit?

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04
Jun
2015

portugal: how to eat sardinhas

Portugal, sardinhas assadas, grelhadas, before, after, antes, depois

For years I joked about making a video on how to eat grilled sardines… now I’ve been convinced to do one. Sardinhas assadas or grelhadas are a Portuguese staple, in season from the end of May to the end of October. Make no mistake; these are fresh, not canned. And because their season coincides with summer as well as Lisboa’s biggest party—the feast day of Santo António—just the smell of these yummy fish on the grill conjures up all kinds of great memories.

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19
Apr
2015

lisboa: galerias romanas

Portugal, Lisboa, Lisbon, Baixa, galerias romanas

After years of coming to Lisboa, at long last I’ve been able to see what I consider one of the city’s “holy grail” sites: Roman galleries buried underneath the modern-day Baixa. They are so difficult to visit because since the 1980s, the city government only opens them once or twice per year.

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