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Take a Junk Boat Through Vietnam’s Ha Long Bay

A three and a half hour drive from the bustle of the city of Hanoi lies a peaceful set of 1,600 islands and islets, Ha Long Bay. This bay has been the backdrop to many movies, including the Oscar winning Indochine, and has also been featured on many "Things to Do Before You Die" [...]

By | February 26th, 2015|0 Comments

Drink Kölsch Beer at a Brauhaus in Cologne, Germany

I had been thoroughly enjoying my free wine every evening, and occasionally during the day, on my Viking River Cruise along the European Rhine. But, when the Tor ship hit Germany and ported in Cologne (Köln), it was time to put a cork in the wine bottle and venture inland for a Kölsch beer. I can [...]

By | February 26th, 2015|0 Comments

5 Amazing Things To Do Before You Die

In honor of my 45th (YIKES!) birthday today, I wanted to create a list of my favorite forty-five bucket list checks from around the world. Hopefully, you will find bucket list ideas and inspiration from these... 45 Amazing Things to Do Before You Die.

By | February 26th, 2015|0 Comments

Have Lunch at a Hawker Center in Singapore

Dining in Singapore can get really expensive, really quick. A modest dinner for two on Club Street could easily run you a hundred bucks. And after doing that for a couple of nights, you will be beyond grateful to discover the Hawker Centers, food markets that house a variety of food [...]

By | February 26th, 2015|0 Comments

Go a Week Without Wearing Makeup

I panicked when I read that there were no blow dryers or flat irons allowed at Blue Osa Yoga Retreat on the Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica. Do they not know what my hair does in the humidity? The same information sheet also said that most people choose to not wear any makeup. What? No hair [...]

By | January 19th, 2015|0 Comments

Eat a Bug Sundae at Portland’s Freakybuttrue Peculiarium

Who wouldn’t want to visit a place with a name like the Freakybuttrue Peculiarium?  It is filled with creepy oddities, homemade exhibits and weird experiences, like the opportunity to have your photo taken getting an alien autopsy or viewing a dollhouse where one of the disturbing rooms has just had a bloody massacre. [...]

By | January 19th, 2015|0 Comments

22 Bucket List Things to Do in Tokyo

Tokyo is known for its unique experiences, such as a medical themed restaurant where you can eat beef, shaped like a brain, inside a private jail cell. Or the cat cafes where petting felines and drinking coffee go hand in hand. The city is a mix of quirky attractions, rich culture and, of course, bucket list [...]

By | January 19th, 2015|0 Comments

Take a Christmas Market Cruise Along the Rhine River

For the past several years the holiday Scrooge had been visiting my house. There has been no smell of pine needles, cookies left for Santa or even a cup of eggnog. The crotchety miser who invaded my home has been me.  I was not in the Christmas spirit, by a [...]

By | January 19th, 2015|0 Comments

Release Baby Turtles into the Ocean. Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica.

After an adventurous day horseback riding, hiking and rappelling down a 100 foot waterfall in the Costa Rican jungle, I was looking forward to nothing more than lounging around Blue Osa Yoga Retreat's Pool with a fruity cocktail. That thought lasted a mere ten minutes, until someone mentioned baby turtles. Who needs cocktails and [...]

By | January 19th, 2015|0 Comments

Eat Worm Cakes (& Other Vietnamese Street Food) in Hanoi

The streets of Hanoi are lined with small cart vendors who set out their miniature red and blue plastic chairs along the sidewalks. In the mornings the customers are drinking the shops Vietnamese coffee or green tea with a bowl of Phở and in the afternoon they could be eating anything from [...]

By | January 19th, 2015|0 Comments