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Applying for a Korean Visa in Cebu (October 2019)

Applying for a Korean Visa in Cebu (October 2019)

My family and I are hoping to travel to South Korea this winter so, last week, we applied for a visa at the Korean consulate in Cebu. Our passports are scheduled for release mid-November so we still don’t know if we’ve gotten approved for a…

Bergamo

Bergamo

Bergamo is located in the northern part of Italy, in the Lombardy region which also includes Milan and Lake Como. It used to be a part of La Serenissima — the Most Serene Republic of Venice — and the wall built by the Venetians around…

Taking the long way home: The Bernina Express

Taking the long way home: The Bernina Express

Well, it took me over three years but I did it… It was an almost spur-of-the-moment decision to buy round-trip tickets to Milan and spend Valentine’s Day moping about in Italy. At first we were going to stay in Milan the entire time but the…

A Goodbye to Dave

A Goodbye to Dave

♠  The name Dave Stringer won’t mean much to many. His reach wasn’t quite Bourdain level; his death won’t trigger quite as many tributes. Nonetheless he was a great inspiration to me and to all who read his blog. Dave was a nonsmoker who, because…

Windmills, Wild Tulips and Wall Poems

Windmills, Wild Tulips and Wall Poems

Leiden may seem like Amsterdam Lite but it possesses an identity all its own. It’s the birthplace of Rembrandt. Einstein walked its streets. Wild tulips grow between the road and the water and poems fill the walls.

A Goodbye to Bourdain

A Goodbye to Bourdain

There were times I loved him and there were times I thoroughly disliked him. But I don’t know if I’d ever have thought of writing a blog like this if it hadn’t been for Anthony Bourdain.