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The Dirtiest Tourist Destinations

The following tourist destinations are renowned for their mystique and popularity but also for their bacteria. In fact, some of these could probably boast not 25 million visitors a year but 25 zillion (if we include Staphylococcus epidermidis, Streptococcus salivarius, and E. coli O157:H7). Talk about mass tourism! In 2009, TripAdvisor listed The Blarney Stone […]

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A Year in Wacky Signs

(Important! If this post is cut off at the bottom, reload the page. This usually solves the problem.) Do your friends walk 20 meters in front of you when you’re taking pictures of signs? Do they whisper under their breath, “Oh God, Chris is taking another picture of a sign.”?Do theymake gestures–signs of their own […]

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All-Inclusive Turkish Riviera

Many tourists who swarm to the Turkish Riviera each year—around 25 million—end up holed up in an all-inclusive 5-star hotel. There are lots of reasons for this, the first being that very few foreign tourists speak Turkish, so they’re wary of heading off the beaten path where they can’t read the menu. And what’s wrong […]

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The Turkish Riviera: A Geology Lesson

The Mediterranean Coastline (Important! If this post is cut off at the bottom, please reload the page. This usually solves the problem. I look forward to your comments.) _________________________________ Turkey is a geological mishmash created by a bunch of tectonic plates crashing into one another, and it’s all held together by pretty, yet quite crumbly […]

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My Year in Photos

This picture was actually taken in 2009 at a Christmas market in Alsace, France–one of my favorite places on earth. Every little village in Alsace is more Hänsel-und-Gretel than the one before it. If you’re planning a trip to Alsace, don’t miss Eguisheim, the birthplaceof Pope Leo IX.Winetasting is great fun in Alsace, and it’s […]

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How Can an Expat Go “Home”?

Marienplatz, MunichAn expat often hesitates when someone asks “Where’s home?” Gosh, I don’t know. Munich? London? Nashville? Earth? Radnor Lake, Nashville, TN Am I a Nashvillian because I was raised there and love Radnor Lake? Am I English because I spend half my time there and I have the blood of English ancestors muddling through […]

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My Favorite Starbucks, Ubud on Bali (Indonesia)

I’m a Starbucks-goer. I even collect the mugs. I am one of the millions of Americans who ENJOY the feeling of home that a Starbucks outside the US gives us. The US Starbucks have given up on “cozy” and crammed the space with as many wooden chairs and tables as possible. Those leather sofas and […]

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