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Exploring the Blue Ridge Mountains

The forested valleys of the region surrounding Asheville, North Carolina are famous for their breathtaking sights. It’s certainly worth a drive or even a hike to the Blue Ridge Mountains. Although by late March many of the flowers have not yet bloomed for the year, and most of the trees have not yet regained their leaves, you’ll still find [...]

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Rainy Day Gear [Infographic]

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Staying at a Youth Center, Community Bath Time, and Other Adventures in Tokyo

Youth Center If you’re looking for a relatively cheap place to stay in Tokyo, the National Olympics Memorial Youth Center should be a consideration. The rooms are very bare: they only have a bed, desk, and hangers. The pillow is so hard and flat I almost thought about using a rolled-up t-shirt instead. At least the bed is comfortable in [...]

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I Was Letting Go: A Journey to the Top of Mount Kilimanjaro (Part 2)

This is part 2 of Suzanne’s journey to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro. To read the rest of the series, click here. Breakfast was served, and while people chatted, offers of extra raincoats were offered to Anne and I. This was the first of many, many instances of sharing gear, first aid supplies, snacks, etc. that would occur, and [...]

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Things to See in Buenos Aires

If you’re going on a city bus tour of Buenos Aires, you’ll likely see San Telmo, La Casa Rosada (the Pink House, which is the equivalent of the White House), the Congress building, the Plaza de Mayo, the famous Florida Street, Recoleta Cemetery, and other historical areas. All are worth visiting to get a sense of this heavily European-influenced capital. [...]

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Why the Midwest is Great

No one goes hungry in the land of plenty.While the Midwest may be first thought of as farmland with seemingly endless tracts of crops and pasture, it may be easy to forget all of the open, wild space not being commercially raised.Just kidding, the Midwest is chock full of radiant and diverse beauty in every nook; how can [...]

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A Force to be Reckoned With: A Journey to the Top of Mount Kilimanjaro (Part 1)

In the summer of 2014, my dear friend Anne called me one day and asked, "Want to climb Kilimanjaro with me?" Anne is always up for travel, adventures and projects, and part of me didn't think this would actually ever happen, so I said yes. James came home and I nonchalantly asked if I could climb it [...]

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Food and Drink in Argentina

Argentine food is similar to most Western countries, but it`s more heavily influenced by Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish foods. It`s interesting to notice, however, how they`ve managed to take the same ingredients and make totally different foods. For example, what we think of as tuna salad is actually that there: a salad with tuna in it (they add some lettuce, [...]

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Health Precautions to Take Before Your Trip

Are you going to be traveling internationally soon? If so, there are several steps you should take in order to be as healthy as possible on your travels. 1. Visit the World Health Organization (WHO) for current travel and health advisories around the world. 2. Talk to your travel agent or consulate about necessary shots or health precautions. If you require [...]

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