A Day Trip Along Ruta de Las Flores, El Salvador

Ruta de las Flores means Route of the Flowers, just in case your Spanish is completely non-existent. But let me first clear up something: the flowers only bloom seasonally. When I was there, I saw a grand total of zero flowers on the Route of the Flowers. Not a single one. “Route of the Flowers…

A Quick Overview of Santa Ana, El Salvador

Santa Ana is around an hour’s drive north west of the capital, San Salvador. Population: 375,000. It’s considered one of the safest places in the country (allegedly the most dangerous peacetime country in the world) and comes up in many lists of where to visit in El Salvador. However, Santa Ana itself has precious little…

Las Vegas: A Bucket List Itinerary

Do you like to travel? Probably, otherwise you’re in the wrong part of the internet. Edmund, get your poetry peer-reviewed here. Clayton, the latest farm equipment can be ordered here. And Gladys, the pornography discussion group you’re looking for is here. Oh, and Gladys, might I suggest a VPN for that specific sub-genre. Next question:…

Cycling the Golden Gate Bridge

The humble bicycle has two wheels and no motor. Invented in the early 1800s and largely unchanged in two centuries, the bike is an excellent invention in transportation. And interestingly, unlike in other forms of transportation, development of the bicycle has resulted in an entirely new species of human, a species that would make Darwin…

Pyramid Scheming in Minnesota

At first it sounded like a job interview. “I’m a good communicator because…” “I work well both alone and as a team…” “I graduated three years ago but I’ve demonstrated the 17 years of requisite experience by working 4 jobs and training myself to only need 8 minutes of sleep a day.” We were in…

Trip to Minneapolis. Minneapolis? Yep, Minneapolis!

On Saturday we’re flying to Minneapolis. “Why?” You ask. Because it’s my birthday and I always go somewhere new for my birthday, that’s why. “Ok, but why Minneapolis?” You wonder, quite reasonably. To which I reply, dunno man, does everything have to have a reason? I know very little about Minneapolis and the state in…

A Christmas Cruise Around the Caribbean

New York right now is as cold and hostile as our landlord when we told them they need to turn up the heating. So to warm myself I’m going to make myself a nice cup of tea, put on a pair of slippers, and talk about how warm and wonderful our Christmas Caribbean cruise was….

An Afternoon in Post-Apocalyptic Wilmington, Delaware

Wilmington, Delaware is a piece of East Coast suburbia that feels like a new utopia created for a post-apocalyptic future. I can describe it no better than by saying the trash cans on the street are never more than 30% full. Compare that to New York, the great American dirt-hole, where trashcans are 120% full…

Storm King Art Center

Storm King Art Center is perfect for a day trip out of New York on a mild Summer’s day. Presumably it’s also good on a warm spring or fall day or a heatwave in the middle of winter. So, if I were to rewrite this opening, I might have said Storm King Art Center is…

Alaskan Wilderness Tundra Adventure

It took us a few days to see “real” wildlife in Alaska. A few birds and the insects that live in old men’s beards doesn’t really cut it. But we almost missed the chance to see grizzly bears, moose, caribou, and wolves in their natural habitat in Denali National Park, Alaska. The Wilderness Tundra Adventure…

Alaska Princess Cruise Rail Tour

Most people who visit Alaska do so on a giant cruise ship that floats around the southern shores of Alaska. When we were looking at Alaska, we too were drawn by the charm of sharing oxygen with hundreds of strangers in stuffy cruise ship cabins for a week, but ultimately we decided against it. However,…

An Alarming Announcement on a Bus Tour to Niagara Falls & Toronto

To understand what happened on that bus at 8pm outside a cheap hotel in Toronto you first have to understand Wilson. Wilson was the guide on our bilingual English-Chinese 3-day-tour of Niagara Falls and Toronto from New York City. Wilson wore dark pants and a wool sweater under a camo jacket. He was, I’d guess,…