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It’s a Good Day to Bombay: My Day with the Dabbawallas!

Dressed in their white kurta pajamas and traditional Gandhi caps, Mumbai’s fabled army of dabbawallas has been satisfying the hunger of the city’s commuters daily since 1890.  A minor miracle of logistics, this carefully choreographed tiffin service is celebrated around the world and has even been studied by the likes of Harvard Business School.  In […]

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How to Camp on The Mall (Or Die Trying)

Staking out your campsite on The Mall is serious business, y’all. Tent placement, power supply, food and beverage, weather considerations, personal hygiene.  And, if I do say so myself, I think my brother Jack and I did a brilliant job! Here, you can see my brother Jack setting up our mini lounge chairs for our mini

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Hungry Like the Wolf: My Search for the Best Black Forest Cake in the Black Forest!

Exploring the Black Forest requires stamina, y’all! You have to park the car, get out of the car, walk through insanely picturesque villages and towns, sometimes strolling beside — gasp! — spectacular riverbeds, get back in the car and then drive to the next dazzling destination. Nightmarish indeed! I began a crusade to find the

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Castles in the Sky: Your Fairytale Guide to Portugal!

Castle, castle, fortress, castle. Swoon! Hopping from castle to castle is enough to get any traveler excited. Throw in mind-blowing medieval villages bolstered by staggering cliffs wrapped up by spectacular, sweeping views in every direction and I👏🏻am👏🏻 all👏🏻in👏🏻! Spectacular, sweeping views from National Palace of Peña in Sintra, Portugal.Scattered across lush grasslands, jaw-dropping seascapes and

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Red Hot, Right Now: Iceland!

Topping bucket lists everywhere, Iceland is, quite possibly, the most fascinating country on the planet.  A vast volcanic laboratory, Iceland is literally a country in the making. Every day, geysers gush, mud pots boil, volcanos rumble and glaciers cut great pathways through entire mountains. These mighty forces seemingly all come together to remind us of

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Done and (Mostly) Dusty: Egypt Edition

Somewhere between Cairo and Paris, it became Sunday, at which point I became acutely aware that my Grand Egyptian Adventure was over. And, in case I needed a not-so-subtle reminder, the cold winds of Western Europe slapped me across the face for good measure as I stepped out of Charles de Gaulle and into my taxi.

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Giraffe Manor: The Most Incredible Bucket List Breakfast on Earth!

A stunningly beautiful 1930s manor house turned all-inclusive boutique hotel, Giraffe Manor is set within an indigenous forest where critically-endangered Rothschild’s giraffes roam freely.  The recipient of countless accolades, Giraffe Manor has enjoyed an avalanche of publicity in recent years, becoming an Instagram icon, so much so that you may recognize the photos before you

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Get Lucky: The Right Way to Rub a Statue

People build statues of heroes. The Greeks built statues of Hercules and Adonis.  The British built statues of Nelson and Churchill.  The Egyptians, Colossi of Memnon.  We Americans build statues of our heroes, too.  Like George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King, Jr. Heroes usually only get statues when they’re dead.  And, when a

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