November 2011

Camping, Camels and Sand Dunes

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Decide on how many days you want to spend in the Moroccan Sahara, what you want to do there and where you want to sleep to ensure your expectations match up with what you find among the dunes.

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City Wars: Barcelona vs. Madrid

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Which of these two fantastic cities you end up preferring depends more on your own tastes and preferences than on Barcelona or Madrid itself, but both have a treasure trove of awesomeness to offer potential visitors.

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Why I’m Thankful for Grindr When I Travel

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If you’re a gay “Christopher Columbus” type, you absolutely must download this wondrous mess of code onto your Android, BlackBerry or iPhone.

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Is Spain a Budget Destination?

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As my Zürich-bound plane took off from Madrid’s Barajas Airport, I had reached a surprising conclusion: Spain is quite cheap — as European destinations go, anyway.

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City Wars: Beijing vs. Shanghai

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Many of the other expats I met in China were adamant about being either “Beijing People” or “Shanghai People.” Which city is more your style?

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Exploring The Other Pyramids

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Visit the “step” pyramid at Saqarra and the “bent” and “red” pyramids in Dashur to get pieces of the pyramid puzzle most visitors to Egypt miss.

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Bird perched on top of Greek Orthodox statue in Athens, Greece

Crisis Averted

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Signs of the so-called “financial collapse” in Greece were far fewer in number than all of the timeless beauty I encountered traveling through the birthplace of Western civilization.

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The 411 on Amsterdam’s “Coffee Shops”

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There’s a reason that Amsterdam has become cliché as a destination for travelers craving elevated experiences abroad. And I’ll give you a hint: It ain’t the java.

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