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Why not take a Spanish road trip up the Costa del Sol?

As the restaurant and patrons whirled around me, I was trying everything in my power not to throw up on his birthday. We had made it all the way to Barcelona from Seville on a two-week road trip adventure and roughly 90 percent of the time I was sick as a dog. About five months prior I had landed in sunny Seville, Spain, for an au pair gig, and my boyfriend decided to celebrate it’s end by flying out to see me and experiencing an epic adventure together up the…

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Going with the flow at Seville, Spain’s “Feria” celebration

Although I am thousands of miles away, every April my heart goes right back to the dirt streets of Feria, where horses are ridden down temporary paths, skirts swish and drinks are poured by the dozen. I’ve never seen anything like it in person before – in the middle of nowhere on a massive abandoned lot in Seville, Spain, a pop-up tent city is erected and filled with traditional dancing, meals, music and lights that flicker until dawn. Every year the massive archway, that is dozens of feet high, marks…

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A Long Hiatus for a Big Adventure: Engaged in California!

I knew it was happening the second he said “You NEED to come to California with me”. Nails done red and ticket bought, I was on a plane to San Francisco a few weeks later. The last time I hit up California was in my teens, so I had a tough time remembering many of a highlights – especially with much of the sightseeing done behind a smirk or eyeroll as an 18-year-old. But I was excited to tackle Big Sur and the west coast now, especially as I thought…

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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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Smack dab in the middle of Texas, Part One: Food and Art

I’ll be doing a brief three-part series on the culture of Fredericksburg, Texas, getting into the real nitty-gritty when the spring issue of Canadian World Traveller is released! You think by now I would get used to be blowing away by new places but it really never gets old. Like many Yanks, I had plenty of predispositions about Texas in my head before I ever stepped foot in the state. Luckily, all these ideas were totally smashed by such a hospitable, humble group of people. Texans really are a rare…

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VIP in Fort Lauderdale: The Tame First Half of Bach Madness

A flock of females waltzed into a bumping, colorful club and were immediately offered champagne, VIP seating and a few winks from the attractive cocktail servers. We had arrived. It was bachelorette time. As one of the first to take the plunge, I really had no clue how one of these events worked. I knew there was debauchery, drinks and dancing…right? So with all that, why not have it in a new city where we could really let loose? I often take trips solo or with my husband. Unless there’s…

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Caribbean Conquest: Mom & Me in Aruba

I toss my things in the corner as to not muss up the bed, take a few photos, throw open that balcony and admire that incredible view of sand and sky. By far the best part of my travels is that massive, stylish, cozy and empty hotel room. After a long and thrilling day of touring, activities and marathon meals I love that feeling of taking off my shoes and settling in for the night in peace. The game changes when my mother is following me around that beautiful hotel room,…

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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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