An American in Cairo

My dear friend Maria gets it.  She always has. To some people, it’s difficult to explain what it means to live a life of travel. Many are comfortable to spend an odd weekend away on a beach. Others exist to experience cultures at a deeper level. Their lives are made up of little travel vignettes, […]

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Improv Immersion at Second City

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When you’re trying to be funny, you’re never going to be hilarious. In improvisation, the funny is born out of the spontaneous interactions that occur between and among characters. If I ask you, right now, what the first thing is that comes to mind, you might think: “Esmerelda, pruning, Baby Gap, pickle jar, existentialism, ASSHOLE!!..” […]

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Three Days in Athens

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Bad travel advice is rare. Travelers are open and adventurous types, with countless suggestions of off-the-beaten-path locales, such as museums not frequented even by locals. However, several folks have mentioned to me over the years that there’s little more to Athens than the Acropolis. Those people should be slapped. I was fortunate to connect with […]

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Secret Santorini

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The celebrated island was not as I had expected; the skies were overcast, and only a few wandering souls dotted the winding white lanes of Oia (“EE-ah”). An older man sat on a creaky wooden chair in front of a convenience store, skillfully yet casually weaving baskets of wire. He had the face of someone […]

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Is the Chinatown bus worth it?

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My friends will tell you that I’m a sucker for a good deal. This goes for pencil skirts as well as airfare. When it comes to traveling from Boston to New York city, there is no better deal than the Chinatown bus. Not only is it less than $50 round-trip, but the bus drops you […]

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