Free city tours are hot
The Witches' Market, La Paz and its secrets

Free city tours are hot

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There are a variety of ways of orienting yourself in a new, major city. We’ve found that free city tours, now proliferating around the globe for out-of-towners, can be the best way. You can do…

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Countering the Peterhof Principle
Tree fountain, Peterhof

Countering the Peterhof Principle

To turn a phrase, tourist money corrupts; overwhelming tourist interest corrupts overwhelmingly. In some environments, like the rain forests of Borneo, that turns a safari into a show. In the wild, orangutans are very difficult…

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Estonian Prison Blues: How We Nearly Ran Afoul of Europe’s Visa Rule
Schengen countries (Dark share common border; light have their own border; gold are future participants)

Estonian Prison Blues: How We Nearly Ran Afoul of Europe’s Visa Rule

We thought we had figured out a legitimate way to stay in Europe for six months, when a normal visa lasts just 90 days. We just discovered we were wrong...and so far wrong we could…

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The Unbearable Ubiquity of English
Bahasa and English in Indonesia

The Unbearable Ubiquity of English

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I first visited castles along the Rhine with my sons in the late 80s. At a restaurant, I tried to order food with the little German I knew at the time. When the waiter left,…

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The Highs and Lows of Campervanning
View from the cockpit of our campervan

The Highs and Lows of Campervanning

Planning a recent trip of 3800 kilometers - from Darwin in the Northern Territory to Geikie Gorge in Western Australia and back - we realized that would mean a lot of one night stops. Mostly…

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The Move from Wellington to Melbourne: Uprooting and Replanting, Part 1
Forested hilltops and valley towns in Wellington

The Move from Wellington to Melbourne: Uprooting and Replanting, Part 1

Tree specialists know that uprooting and replanting a tree can put great stress on it, endangering its viability. We like to think of ourselves as more resilient than that, but the stresses are there when…

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