Destinations

Lima, Peru

Hot and dry like Los Angeles, Lima, Peru even has LA’s clean, breathable air.

Unlike most of the places we intended to visit this trip, we’d at least heard of Lima, Peru. We knew that Peru was in South America, that Lima was a city in Peru, and that it isn’t pronounced like the ...
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South America: We visited our fellow Americans below the equator.

A lot of people would consider our two-week, sub-equatorial adventure including Lima, Cusco, the Sacred Valley, and Machu Picchu in Peru, and Quito and the Galápagos Islands in Ecuador, “the trip of a lifetime.” For what it cost us, it ...
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Yosemite National Park, California: Nature at its most naturiest.

When the great black and white, nature photographer Ansel Adams first gazed upon Yosemite, California, he must have stared dumbfounded at the breath-taking splendor and thought, “We’re gonna need a bigger camera.” (a line that would years later be co-opted ...
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Egypt, Africa: The world’s most ancient civilization (and it has the dust to prove it).

Despite what the media proclaimed, Wael Ghonim, the marketing guy from Google didn’t start the February 2011 revolution in Egypt. No, the “Arab Spring” wasn’t started by Twitter. Or Facebook. It was started by something bad. Something so intolerable that ...
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Redding, California: It’s close to a lot of other, better places to visit.

Having read that a famous architect had designed an interesting bridge in Reading, I suggested to my wife that we drive there for our anniversary. Now, my wife generally loves to travel, but the thought of spending five hours traversing ...
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Hawaii, The Big Island: Probably not the Hawaii you’re thinking of.

When we first made plans to visit the Big Island of Hawaii (nee Hawai‘i), we didn't know much about the place, like the fact that you put an upside-down apostrophe between the last two ‘i’s. But we’d been to Honolulu ...
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Reading, England: It’s close to a lot of other, better places to visit.

Warning: This assessment of Reading won’t be in any way fair for three reasons. First, I spent my stay ensconced in a mid-level business hotel. Second, the hotel was a full 15 minutes outside of Reading, so I didn’t spend ...
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San Antonio, Texas: A “river walks” through it. (Get it?)

If you only ever visited Austin and San Antonio, you could be excused for thinking Texas was a pretty good place to live. The people seem nice, and the cost of living is relatively cheap. Even better, you don’t see ...
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There’s lots to do in Mazatlán, Mexico and lots of reasons not to do any of it.

We didn’t pick Mazatlán, Mexico as a destination for its deep-sea fishing, sailing or any of the other things you can reportedly do there. We picked it for all the things you don’t do there. Namely, put on pants or ...
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Cancun: It’s not all beer chugging and wet t-shirt contests (dammit).

We hadn’t originally planned our two-week vacation to Mexico for its affordability but — when weeks later I found myself unemployed (like the rest of the planet) — it seemed like a prescient choice. Regardless of its favorable exchange rate, ...
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New Orleans, Louisiana: Hey, who got their Europe in our America?

Having been to New Orleans a few times, I’d never fully explored this cultural anomaly; this veritable European city within America’s American borders. Lacking only a bunch of washing machine-sized cars and a staunch refusal to shower, New Orleans could ...
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San Jaun, PR: Where so many speak Spanish, you think you’re in California.

Planning a vacation in a foreign land can really be a pain, what with finding lost passports, figuring out currency exchange rates, and overcoming language problems (ours). Frankly, it sometimes makes sense to not even bother. That's how we ended ...
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Athens, Greece: The birthplace of democracy, drama, and doric columns.

Ever since I was an art student in college, I’d really only wanted to visit four exotic places: Egypt, Rome, the Playboy Mansion, and Athens, Greece. Naturally, I was psyched when some friends of ours invited us to go along ...
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Miami to San Francisco: We drive 3,504 miles in seven days.

Okay, we got back from Jamaica and things went along as usual. Work, eat, sleep, work, eat, sleep. Then, around March ’97, I get a call from my friend Jeff. It is “The Call.” For some reason, he wants to ...
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The Louvre, Paris

Paris, France, reconsidered (albeit briefly).

Two weeks before we left for Paris—a trip I didn't relish making after my last trip there—I received an IM from a French guy I know (Arthur something or other) who was vacationing in the City Of Lights. When I ...
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