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Being a Tourist in Your Own Town

I love Seattle, and after nearly four years of living here, it finally feels like home.  It’s a dynamite town.  It’s small yet metropolitan.  Neighborhoods like Ballard, Capitol Hill, Freemont, and Magnolia boast distinct personalities yet feel cohesively Seattle.  We have a good baseball team, a stellar soccer team, and a phenomenal football team (Go… Continue reading Being a Tourist in Your Own Town

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A New Way to Travel

This summer, I escorted two Rick Steves’ My Way Tours–it’s a new kind of tour, geared towards independent travelers who want the freedom to customize their own itinerary but don’t want the hassle of figuring out how to get from point A to point B or where they’re going to stay.   I escort the group… Continue reading A New Way to Travel

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Hello, George Clooney!

It’s the start of tour season again, and this time I’m working on a Best of Italy tour.  When I mention to friends that I’m going to Lake Como, they all ask me if I’m going to see George Clooney’s villa.  I wish.  I’m staying in Varenna–a romantic and picture-worthy town on the eastern side… Continue reading Hello, George Clooney!

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Losing My Outdoorsy Virginity

As you might guess, I’m a big fan of the conveniences of modern life like electricity, running water, heat, and fly swatters, and I think whoever invented window screens is a genius. While I really enjoy running, I’d rather run on a treadmill than run outdoors so I don’t get sunburnt or rained on.  And… Continue reading Losing My Outdoorsy Virginity

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With A Little Help From My Friends

One of the best ways to enhance your travels is to season it with friends.  Either you can enjoy your present company, meet up with friends who are serendipitously passing through the town you’re in, or make new ones.  I’ve been fortunate enough this summer to do all three. So this blog is a photo… Continue reading With A Little Help From My Friends