Monthly Archives: March 2012

Irish Coffee at the Buena Vista Cafe

Adding Coffeee on top of the Sugar Cubes

Right off the Powell-Hyde Cable Car line is the Buena Vista Cafe, a San Francisco establishment famous for its (very potent) Irish Coffees. Since it was literally just one minute north on noon we figured it was high time we treated ourselves to a drink, so the three of us grabbed a seat at the bar and ordered a round. The most interesting part of the experience is that the Irish Coffees are made with a nifty little process that is performed right at the bar (almost continuously in fact due to the number of orders). Step 1. Line up … Read More

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San Francisco Budget Breakdown


Now that you’ve read about my trip to San Francisco, I though it would be good to do a quick budget breakdown to see how I spent my travel funds. I’ve broken my spending up into four categories: Transportation, Lodging, Food and Drink and Activities. For each of these sections of given a breakdown of each expense and given myself a grade for how well I managed my spending. The ultimate goal isn’t to spend nothing – just to get the most value for my dollar. (Spending money on airport food will hurt my grade, but splurging for a fancy meal … Read More

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Leaving my Lunch in San Francisco

Perfect Insecto Creative Commons

 Through my travels I’ve gone to many places and eaten many things. Street food in Cambodia. Questionable chicken in the Dominican Republic. Pickles from the market in Israel. I’ve taken risks. Brushed my teeth with tap water in Ghana. Accepted Tea out of dirty dirty glasses in Morocco. I’ve felt lucky. Gotten a little cocky even. I’ve watched as greater men and woman before me bowed down and surrendered to the porcelain throne. I began to believe I possessed an iron stomach. As it turns out, I was quite wrong. As it turns out, innocuous, sunny, mild San Francisco would be my … Read More

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A Tour of Wine Country and the Muir Woods

A winery in Sonoma

San Francisco is located just south of some of the country’s best wine tasting regions. So, when I started planning my visit, I knew I wanted to spend a day checking them out. I had been to Napa a few years earlier, so I was excited when I found out that Extranomical Tours offered a day trip to another famous region, Sonoma, combined with a trip to the Muir Woods, another area near the city that I was eager to see.  The tour started out bright and early with a pick up in downtown San Francisco. I had been nervous … Read More

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Renting a Car while Abroad

Road in Israel

When I first started traveling internationally, transportation fell into one of two categories: public transportation and my feet. The thought of renting a car never even crossed my mind – for some reason I had already ruled it out as overly complicated, expensive or even dangerous. It wasn’t until I was planning my trip to Israel in 2010 that a light bulb went off. I had been staring at the complicated schedule of buses that ran sporadically through the northern part of the country when it occurred to me that I was adding on extra DAYs to my travel time by depending on buses.  … Read More

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Misadventure Monday: John from Travel Rinse Repeat

John from Travel Rinse Repeat

This post is part of a L’appel Du Vide feature, Misadventure Mondays. In each segment, I’ll ask one of my favorite travel bloggers to share one of their Travel Misadventures. This Monday, John from Travel Rinse Repeat shares with us his story of a breakdown in Argentina. Tell me a little about yourself: I’m a perpetual traveler, constantly on the road for both business and leisure travel. Currently, I’m working in in the American South with frequent visits to Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Atlanta, and Hampton Roads, but this will all change in the next couple months. For personal travel, my upcoming destinations include Santa … Read More

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Guest Blogger: Caroline’s Rocky Boat Ride Through Venice

Boats in Venice

This is guest post by Caroline Quinn Pratt based on her experience visiting Venice while studying abroad in London. If you would like to submit a guest post to please contact me. It started on the island of Murano. My flatmate Kimberly and I had spent a lovely morning touring the glass bead-making shops on the island and we were now headed back to the docks to go back to the main part of Venice. Venice is famous for its glass industry but the operations themselves were moved to the island of Murano in the 13th century to prevent a … Read More

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Guest Post: Local’s Guide To DC

Cherry Blossoms in DC

Today I am guest blogging over at the Traveling Canucks Travel Blog. Check out my Local’s Guide to DC and plan what you will do on your next visit. Or if you are also a local, go leave some more helpful tips! Photo Credit: Caroline Quinn Pratt

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