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Smack Dab in the Middle of Texas, Part Three: History & the Kitchen Sink

When this mini-series was started, I thought Texas might be my last stop on a line of trips I had been taking, so there’d be a slew of time to really dig into it. Wrong. But I still want to do it proper justice and wrap this up right. Fredericksburg has a big German history. Apparently a ton of German settlers made their way to Texas in the 1800s and left their mark. This might be the best tour guide ever, and of course I can’t remember his name. He brought us through the Lyndon B. Johnson ranch, complete…

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Smack dab in the middle of Texas, Part Two: Music and Culture

Back on track! Wondering a bit more about Fredericksburg, Texas? Get ready: Fredericksburg has such a vibrant and successful community that they represent a wide rainbow of faiths with beautiful places of worship. We took a peek inside St. Mary’s Catholic Church, which was built out of the popular and special stonework seen on many buildings downtown. The stone is seen here too at the cute Pioneer Museum. You can stroll through the complex and hang out in some wonderfully re-created and restored period houses full of antiques and charm. I…

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Travel Musings and Discussing Forever in Boston

Although I held on with my perfectly manicured talons as long as I could, the summer escaped me. I hopped on planes and schmoozed and maybe even got married (hence the nails). It’s been a wild ride. But back to work. To begin picking up the pieces and getting back into the game, I met up with a fellow travel lover at the Russell House Tavern in Harvard Square. Although I have a little adventure/mini-moon squared away for this weekend in Nova Scotia, beyond that my state of satisfying wanderlust…

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A Cultural Uprise in Arkansas

I know very little of the South. Or, I was unaware until my venture into Arkansas – a deeply welcoming and passionate place I never thought would delight and fascinate me as a native northerner. Instead of being met with dusty streets and wary stares, my time spent there was totally opposite – everything is bright, cheerful, green; people love newcomers and I was never left wanting for great food and incredible art. Right away I look a liking to North Little Rock. With a fierce pride and so many…

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Shauna’s Up a Volcano in New Mexico!

Shauna’s back to share her New Mexico travel adventure at the state’s coolest volcano. You can read more about Shauna’s family excursions over at Pure Wander. There’s nothing like road tripping on a bright, blue, beautiful, clear day. Our latest road trip took us to the northeastern tip of New Mexico on Route 325 where we drove past Capulin Volcano with a car load of household items, two furry friends and a 4-year-old who had been confined for days. Luckily for us, the best trips you have are sometimes the…

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Childhood Dreams: Seeing the Lipizzaner Stallions Perform in Essex, MA

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Not too long ago I was a freak about horses. Before the internet went viral, I clipped photos of the Kentucky Derby out of the newspaper and snipped apart horse-themed magazines I had saved all my allowance to buy. One of my fondest memories was the Lipizzaner Stallions – a pale gray and white horse breed hailing from Austria used in the military for centuries. They are based in the elegant and breathtaking Spanish Riding School while they train for special dressage moves, like moving in rhythm to music, jumping…

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Learning How to Shop Vintage on the North Shore

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To really get my local on, I drove all the way through Boston up to the North Shore, stopping in Salisbury. Last weekend the Vintage Baazar hosted a lovely brunch (with even lovelier booze and food) to kick off their weekend of great finds and rare commodities. More than 140 vendors gathered at the the flower and landscape-centered Pettengill Farm to trade and sell wares. It would have super easy to outfit my entire home just this weekend – so many incredible handmade furniture pieces, decorative accouterments, clothes, children’s items, and even…

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Jake at the new Cafe Esplanade in Boston, MA

This is Jake’s blogging debut, but he’s certainly not new to writing. He’s interested in the ongoings around Boston and likes to find out people’s stories, especially when it has to do with local food. Recently he checked out the newly renovated Cafe Esplanade and found it was easy to while away the hours in the Back Bay. Separating the city of Boston from the city of Cambridge, the glistening waters of the Charles River gives the perfect view for a delicious meal here at the Cafe Esplanade. If you’re looking…

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One crazy night in Taipei, Taiwan

Every single trip taken should include at least one evening where you forget the rules and throw caution to the wind. Taipei, the absolutely batshit crazy capital city of Taiwan, is the perfect breeding ground for such an evening. We hopped into a cab corralled for us by The Regent Hotel, which brought us just in time to the Barbie Cafe. This needs a post in itself, so check back soon for that. After our fill of all things pink, it was time for the nitty gritty. We had a…

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The Taiwanese Aboriginal Lifestyle

I hear the word aboriginal and I automatically think Australia. But that’s a little naive, because obviously there are ancestral all roots all over the world. We had many things like hiking and food on the itinerary, but I did not think I would also get a glimpse into the world of aboriginal life in Taiwan. Spanning over 7,000 years, of history the aboriginal people of timeline are a proud and complex society. Roughly 2% of the population today can claim aboriginal roots. Many live in the area of Hulien,…

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