North America

Hotel Rouge: Love at First Sight

March 25, 2015
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[Disclaimer: I’m not sure why all my photos of this place came out so terribly, but you can definitely blame the photographer and not the subject. You’ll have to use your imagination to picture how great it looks in person.] Hotel Rouge had me at “Hello.” Literally. I arrived late on a Saturday night, after […]

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My Two Favorite Smithsonian Museums

February 25, 2015
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You know how there are museums that you visit once and you’re glad you did, but you also know you never need to go back again? This article is not about that kind of museum. I’ve been to Washington, DC exactly two times–once back in the 1990s for a single rainy Saturday and once this […]

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A Tour of the U.S. Capitol

February 4, 2015
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Once again, I have to thank Tracy Antonioli, the Suitcase Scholar – this time for convincing me to tour the U.S. Capitol when I was in Washington. I didn’t want to. I’m so disgusted with politicians in Washington, Congress in particular. Why would I want to visit this temple to ego-driven decision-making? But the more […]

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Dining Around DC

January 21, 2015
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One of the greatest surprises for me about Washington, DC was just how much I dug the dining scene here. I didn’t get a chance to try as many restaurants as I would have liked; I had a really long list of places I wanted to try and didn’t get to a third of them. […]

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Feeling My Age at the Newseum

December 17, 2014
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The Newseum’s tagline is “There’s More to Every Story.” As an English Lit major, writer, and story-lover, I really, really like this tagline. The longer I live, the more I realize how true it is–in fiction, in nonfiction, and in our own lives. No matter how objective a newspaper or news show might try to […]

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A Visit to The Library of Congress

December 3, 2014
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When does a visit to the library not have anything to do with checking out books? When it’s the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. In fact, I may have to give back my diplomas as an English Lit major, because I wasn’t at all interested in the book collections at the Library of Congress–I […]

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Random Thoughts on Washington, DC

November 5, 2014
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Would you believe that although I’ve traveled to cities all over North America and Europe, before last week, I’d only ever spent one single rainy Saturday in my own nation’s capitol? That fact struck me earlier this year. How is that possible? I thought. Washington is only a 1.5 hour flight from Burlington. You’d think […]

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Reintroducing: The SoloFriendly Burlington, VT Pages

September 17, 2014
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Those of you who have been reading this blog for some time probably know that when I’m not traveling solo, I make my home in the Burlington, VT area. I am passionate about this town, because I’ve had the past 24 years to get to know it and discover all its fabulous qualities. So I […]

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A Circle Island Tour of Oahu

September 3, 2014
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Because I tend not to rent a car when I travel, day tours are a great way for me to get outside a city and see more of a region, as well as interact with other human beings. (As a solo traveler, it’s nice to have that built-in social time.) On Oahu, you can book […]

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