By Colin McFadden

Why Should I Visit Detroit?

You should visit Detroit because it is both exactly what you’ve heard, and nothing like that at all.  You can visit Detroit as an optimist, a skeptic, a ruin-hunter, or just as an American.  But you should visit.  Detroit is more than just an airport code on your Delta connection – it’s a place to…

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By Colin McFadden

Why Should I Visit This Site?

You should visit this site because you believe in the value of travel.  We believe that travel is an incredible privilege, and an important way in which we build bridges and connect the world.  We believe that in a world that threatens to tip towards nationalism and conflict, travel opens doors and melts hearts.  For…

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By Colin McFadden

Grannies and Greeks

This post is part of a series called Naples 2017 We’re a bit delayed with this last post, due to the … unpleasantness. But, better late than never! Although technically our flight home was on Monday, it was very early in the morning, so Sunday was our last real day in Italy. We knew we…

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By Colin McFadden

Un-Napolievable!

This post is part of a series called Naples 2017 Like unbelievable. But with Napoli in the middle. Get it? ‘Cause today we went to Napoli? Get it? Today we went to Napoli! The city gets a bad rap, but it was hard to see anything negative about it – it’s got just the right…

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By Colin McFadden

Pompeii and Circumstances

This post is part of a series called Naples 2017 We seem to have found ourselves in Italy. An absurdly cheap airfare deal got us to Rome. From there, a Google search result for “cutest villages on the Amalfi coast” got us to Atrani, admittedly a very cute village indeed. We’re staying in a rather…

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By Colin McFadden

Paws and Pagodas

This post is part of a series called Southeast Asia 2017 Last night we scoped out some breakfast options down the street from the hotel. We woke up ready for some Bun Bo Hue. The spot was packed with locals and the soup did not disappoint. Fueled up, we headed back to our hotel for…

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By Colin McFadden

No Hue!

This post is part of a series called Southeast Asia 2017 (’cause it’s pronounced “way”. Get it? Super witty) Catching up on our blog a day late, on account of being dead tired yesterday. Yesterday morning, we flew from Hanoi to Hue, the old capital of Vietnam, and the scene of multiple intense battles in…

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By Colin McFadden

V5 snacking

This post is part of a series called Southeast Asia 2017 We decided to spend the sunniest day in the area around West Lake, the largest lake in Hanoi. We walked north from our AirBnB and stopped for our first coffee a block or so away. Fortuitously, a banh mi lady set up shop on…

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By Colin McFadden

Southeast Asia 2017

Tomorrow morning, we’re heading to the airport, on our way (eventually) to Vietnam. This is the usual “here’s where we’re planning to be, in case something goes very wrong” post. This trip has a lot of air travel (9 flights), and crosses many, many timezones. All times given are local. Here’s hoping we’ve scheduled everything…

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By Colin McFadden

Southeast Asia 2017

This post is part of a series called Southeast Asia 2017 Tomorrow morning, we’re heading to the airport, on our way (eventually) to Vietnam. This is the usual “here’s where we’re planning to be, in case something goes very wrong” post. This trip has a lot of air travel (9 flights), and crosses many, many…

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