By Colin McFadden

Traveling with Tony

Yesterday, Anthony Bourdain decided to peace out on 2018.  I’m still coming to terms with that. Bourdain was such an important influence on my life, and is essentially the reason for this site.  I’ve lost idols before – Bowie, Steve – but idols exist on a different plane.  You don’t go through your days thinking…

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By Colin McFadden

Cars and Café

This post is part of a series called Azores 2018 Back in Minnesota, today was the monthly installment of Cars and Coffee.  Car nerds get together in a parking lot and look at other cars.  We did something similar, but it was while sipping espressos on the waterfront of Horta, watching rally cars drive past…

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By Colin McFadden

Right 5 over crest, Left 3 don’t cut

This post is part of a series called Azores 2018 Our flight to Faial was supposed to depart at around 8:15, however there were clouds on the horizon. After an hour-long delay, the airline representative called everyone over to the counter to announce that we were going to take off and attempt to land on…

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By Colin McFadden

Buying Pastries on the DL

This post is part of a series called Azores 2018 Our last full day on São Miguel!  We kicked things off with another homemade breakfast (we had some bread and eggs to use up).  Then we hit the road to the north side of the island to check out the Gorreana Tea Plantation, the only…

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By Colin McFadden

Honk If You Love Hamburgers

This post is part of a series called Azores 2018 Today we took it easy. We didn’t climb mountains, hike around volcanoes or climb any rocks. Actually we did climb rocks but they were rather small rocks. Our first stop of the day was a bakery in Ponta Delgada near our now familiar grocery store….

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By Colin McFadden

Revealing our horrible disease

This post is part of a series called Azores 2018 It’s time to come clean: Kat and I have a horrible disease.  More on that in a moment. We got up early again to enjoy the sun and the view and the coffee pot.  Since we wanted to get an early start on our day,…

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By Colin McFadden

Bit of a Tuff Day

This post is part of a series called Azores 2018 An entirely reasonable 10 hours of sleep transformed us from mad-eyed miscreants mumbling incoherently into normal-eyed miscreants mumbling incoherently.  As per usual. I got up early to make coffee and watch the city wake up.  We’d assumed that town was so quiet yesterday because it…

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By Colin McFadden

From A to Azores

This post is part of a series called Azores 2018 When you tell someone you’re headed to the Azores, you’ll get one of two reactions: “What are the Azores?” or “Oh I was there on a military flight once.”  We have yet to meet anyone in person who’s actually been to the Azores for fun. …

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By Colin McFadden

Why Should I Visit Senegal?

You should visit Senegal because chances are you don’t know much (if anything) about it, aren’t entirely sure where it is, and are looking to be totally surprised by a destination.  You should visit Senegal because chances are good you’ve never been to Africa (under 0.5% of American international travel), and it’s time to change…

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By Colin McFadden

Does Batman smell like this?

This post is part of a series called Senegal 2018 We woke up a bit early in Dangane, hoping to catch the sunrise.  The horizon was cloudy, so instead we watched the birds swooping out over the marsh.  Three kingfishers came to take a bath in the pool, and numerous other birds were in the…

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By Colin McFadden

Back on the Street (food)

This post is part of a series called Senegal 2018 This morning we were off to a much better start. Kat was feeling better and was able to have some bread at breakfast. We started the day by hitting up a grocery store before driving to Dangane. The drive was smooth – we think Bala…

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By Colin McFadden

Not a jar of jelly in sight

This post is part of a series called Senegal 2018 Today was a bit less fun-packed than days past.  Kat came down with some stomach trouble overnight, and we spent most of the day in the car traveling from Saint Louis to Kaolack, via Touba.  All the car time didn’t help Kat much, with plenty…

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By Colin McFadden

But where’s the Arch?

This post is part of a series called Senegal 2018 One of the downsides of a canvas tent in the desert is that they don’t tend to have ultra secure doors.  The type of doors that would, for example, keep a cat out in the middle of the night. Aside from our brief cat-terruption, we…

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By Colin McFadden

Why Should I Visit New Orleans?

You should visit New Orleans because, along with perhaps New York, it is that rare city that manages to feel authentic while catering to tourists. It is accessible to the visitor, without being a theme park. It is beautiful and delicious and full of character, without being designed by a committee. And it probably won’t…

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Getting a haircut on the street
By Colin McFadden

Why Should I Visit Hanoi

You should visit Hanoi because Hanoi doesn’t care about you.  It doesn’t care about your worries, your hopes, or your neurosis.  But it’s not that Hanoi doesn’t like you.  Hanoi is just too busy to worry about you.  And for some of us, that’s deeply comforting.  Hanoi is Southeast Asia, turned up to full volume….

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