Dispatch from Ethiopia VI: Culture is the Spice of Life (part 2)

For those of us who are wanderlusters at heart, there is a persistent internal voice that whispers promises of something more: more than the cubicle in which we dwell, more than the paycheck we receive for it, more than the grind most of us resign ourselves to as a means to an end. But what … More Dispatch from Ethiopia VI: Culture is the Spice of Life (part 2)

Wisconsin Rocks: The Trempealeau Hotel: Trempealeau, Wis.

The Historic Trempealeau Hotel, in Trempealeau, Wis. is the kind of place you dream about after two weeks of -20 temperatures and gray skies, mid-January or so, in Wisconsin. While huddled in your living room under blankets, you dream of a lazy, sunny, 90-degree day. You dream of a light breeze and a cool, spicy, … More Wisconsin Rocks: The Trempealeau Hotel: Trempealeau, Wis.

A Sweet Little Stop: Candyland, Minneapolis

Candyland in Minneapolis. Expect a line.Photo by Charish Badzinski. On 7th Avenue in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota, you can take a step back in time and enjoy classic candies at a little oasis called Candyland. Simply follow the intoxicating smell of fresh caramel corn. Classic candies line the shelves at Candyland. Don’t forget to floss afterward!Photo … More A Sweet Little Stop: Candyland, Minneapolis

Sampling Exotic Fruit in the Daintree Rainforest

A tour group explores the lovely Cape Tribulation Exotic Fruit Farm in the Daintree Rainforest in Australia.¬†Photo by Charish Badzinski. This time of year in the midwest, we begin to lust for the fruits of summer: tangy tomatoes just off the vine, ripe berries bursting with juice, melons with rampant sweetness that courses unguarded down … More Sampling Exotic Fruit in the Daintree Rainforest

Destination: Las Vegas; In Defense of Debauchery

Today marks the start of Lent, which for many Catholics indicates the beginning of a 40-day stretch of self-denial and sacrifice. Though I am not Catholic, the onset of Lent encourages me to engage in self-examination. What is out of balance in my life? Which habits hold too much power over me? What would I … More Destination: Las Vegas; In Defense of Debauchery