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Helmets Off: This is the Netherlands.


The Dutch like their bikes. You’ve probably heard this before, but it’s hard to overstate, even coming from a place where biking is relatively common – Austin, Texas, USA But our bike scene is nothing compared to that of the Netherlands. In fact, I wouldn’t even describe their way as a “scene” — it’s more like a way of life.…

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Filtered Nature in the Riviera Maya


A group of tourists ran up to a lanky ball of fur, which was curled up on a sidewalk at our resort in the Riviera Maya. “Look! It’s a monkey!” Phones and cameras took over the scene and snapped away for a few seconds, people shrieked and giggled, and then they continued walking. That same monkey kept showing up, and the…

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Riviera Maya: Seeing it is Just the Start


My wife and I have been married for about a week, and now we’re kicking back on a beach in Mexico’s Riviera Maya. This vacation has been unlike anything we’ve ever done — mostly because it’s all so … well, turn-key and tourist-ready — far from the off-the-beaten-path adventures we typically seek. The area is dotted with hundreds of resorts,…

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Marfa: What You See is Not What You Get


“I don’t get it.” My aunt commented on an album of pictures we had uploaded to Facebook. My mom chimed in, “I don’t either!” To add to the confusion, I didn’t get what there was to get. My fiancee and I had road-tripped to the tiny desert town of Marfa in Far West Texas. Those were the pictures. Simple as that. “Tiny desert…

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Marfa: Small Enough to See it All?


Upon first glance, Marfa’s fame may seem disproportionate to its size. Population: 1,819. That’s it. And yet, thousands visit each year, and it’s been featured in the New York Times, NPR, Vogue, and many more. What is about Marfa that has the world buzzing? I hope to find out.

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Swiss Plunge into Texas Country


There are these two young fish swimming along, and they happen to meet an older fish swimming the other way, who nods at them and says, “Morning, boys, how’s the water?” And the two young fish swim on for a bit, and then eventually one of them looks over at the other and goes, “What the hell is water?” – David…

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Am I a Good Tourist, Or a Bad Tourist?


Eight of us stayed in an Airbnb rental in the Uptown neighborhood of New Orleans. Next door to our short-term rental, two guys worked in the yard. I asked what they thought about Airbnb. They looked a little startled by the question. “The Arabians?” Me: “No, Airbnb. It’s a website, where you … ” I tried another angle. “Do people here…

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Spinning at the Museum


It’s almost never interesting to read about someone else’s visit to the museum. It’s like telling someone about a weird dream you had (which I do all the time), one of those had-to-be there kinda things. So I’m going to tell you about (part of) a visit I took to the Deutsches Museum today (i.e. last Saturday). I’m writing as…

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Through Bavaria


Here’s something I was thinking about on the train the other day. Sometimes it takes me an hour to drive home from work, and this fact bothers me. Do you realize how far you could go in a single hour? Pretty far. But I go just 14 miles, every day, crammed between thousands of others who signed up for the…

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10 Slices of Life in Munich in 1 Day


Here’s a map slideshow I put together of my walk through Munich today. If you’re viewing from Facebook I think you need to click on the title for the content to show up, at least on my phone. If not, ignore and read on. Oh, and the fonts in this map slideshow aren’t cooperating at all, so my apologies in…

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