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Six Flags: Louisiana's ghost town

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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 com[...]

5 Reasons to go to... Burning Man

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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. playa hearts In San Francisco I take it for granted everyone knows about it[...]

Snuba diving

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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 m[...]

The world's most amazing swimming pools

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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 n[...]

Scary News for US Passport Applicants

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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, a[...]

A Weekend Bike Trip up the California Coast

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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 [...]