Verona: 3 Buon Giornos!

Verona! Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet immortalized this city as the romantic epicenter of the world, and Juliet’s balcony attracts tourists from all over, hoping for a glimpse of the most famous love story ever. Many take a day trip from its famous neighbor, Venice, but I challenge you to do the opposite. Out with the…

Making up with China

I was unfair to China. Now I see. After I traveled the world in 2008, people would often ask: what’s your least favorite country? I used to say China was a country I wouldn’t urge going back to, but now I recognize its value and would actually love to visit it again. Tobogganing down the…

Rio de Janeiro – The Basics

  Ok. You are in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Before you put your speedo on and get drunk on caipirinhas at the beach, please take time to read this. Rio de Janeiro is an amazing city – it is actually known as the “Cidade Maravilhosa” (Wonderful city). You will see. And you will feel comfortable…

Cenote Dzinup

This is from a 2007 post: Before yesterday we arrived in the city of Piste, here in Mexico, which is beside the ruins of Chichen Itza – one of the most famous around here. We stayed at a resort (believe me you want it) called Piramide Inn. Actually, we camped, but the place is a…