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What do you think is the biggest and most-watched sports event in the world? You have Olympics of course. And then there is the undeniable World Cup.  But another massive sporting event to excite the masses is the Super Bowl! The Super Bowl is the finale of the US American Football profi league referred to as NFL. Every year it draws millions of Americans in front of their TV screens …

[ Written by Katja | 30 Jan 2012 | 40 Comments | ]

Halloween might have been months ago now but that doesn’t mean that we’ve had our spook fill for the year. What is it about an amusement park, that when abandoned, becomes a spooky place where only an eerie silence descends and the dammed roam at night?

When driving through Louisana this fall en route from New Orleans to the swamp (more on that to come) I saw huge signs on the …

[ Written by guest | 3 Jan 2012 | 2 Comments | ]

I’m a self-admitted festival hussie.  My parents were huge hippies and I grew up going to lots of festivals and giant outdoor concerts, and as an adult I’ve been to and worked at my fair share.  But no other week has blown my mind and changed me as much as going to Burning Man.
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In San Francisco I take it for granted everyone knows about it; …

[ Written by guest | 23 Oct 2011 | 12 Comments | ]

Have you ever heard of snuba-diving? If you thought I’ve confused the C for an N here (as in scuba), you thought wrong.
The word Snuba is composed of the two words snorkel and scuba. And that’s pretty much what it is, something in between the two. Snuba divers use also swimfins, a diving mask, harness, regulator and weights as in scuba diving. Pretty much an ideal invention …

[ Written by guest | 8 Jun 2011 | No Comment | ]

Traveling can be hard sometimes. I mean wearing your backpack all the time, visiting thousands of sights, walking through streets the whole day, taking trains and planes and buses non-stop – all that stuff can be exhausting. Therefore, every now and then, you just need to give yourself a break. In your ho(s)tel bed… getting a massage… or while taking a nice long dive into a fancy swimming pool. Should …

[ Written by guest | 31 May 2011 | 2 Comments | ]

Wow, I just became aware of this piece of alarming news from Consumer Traveler. Apparently the US Department of State has proposed implementing a new biographical questionnaire for some passport applicants.
The proposed new Form DS-5513 asks for all addresses since birth; lifetime employment history including employers’ and supervisors names, addresses, and telephone numbers; personal details of all siblings; mother’s address one year prior to your birth; any “religious ceremony” around …

[ Written by guest | 27 Apr 2011 | One Comment | ]

A few weekends ago I joined a group of 28 excited cyclists on a bike trip up north. My ambitious friend Anya began planning this trip weeks in advance and our numbers grew and grew until the date. We started in San Francisco and traveled about 35 miles to Samuel P Taylor State Park. The way was filled with flat tires, long lunches and water breaks, and some beautiful views …

[ Written by guest | 24 Apr 2011 | One Comment | ]