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Our Great Wall ‘Adventure’


  If you go to China, you go to the Great Wall. Its famous, its epic, its beautiful, you can see it from space (not really), etc. etc. etc. Very few sites in the world rival the great wall – the Pyramids, Angkor Wat, Machu Pichu. I had long been dreaming of my own trip to the great wall and I wanted to make sure that the experience was very special. I dreaded the thought of a crowded bus dropping me off for a few hours at a chaotic section of the wall. When I heard about the Great Wall … Read More

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Food Tasting in Chicago

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 Chicago is famous for its food. For many people, a trip to the Windy City wouldn’t be complete without a slice off deep dish pizza or a snack involving a hot dog. With this in mind, I knew that one of my missions of my trip would be to explore the city’s food offerings. Chicago Food Planet offers several daily food tours covering different areas of the city. I had actually done a tour with them years ago, so I took this opportunity to do their Near North Food and Cultural Walking Tour. This tour is designed to help get you away … Read More

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Beer Tasting in Chicago

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Nothing says Chicago like Beer. Actually I made that up, but it certainly helps justify my decision to spend a day of my three day Chicago trip on a pub tour. What also helps justidy that decision is that the Chicago Beer Experience turned out to be an amazing time. You may not realize this, but the US has some wonderful craft beer. The Chicago Beer Experience covers the tasting of both famous Chicago beers as well as highlighting other craft beers from the Mid West. The tour takes visitors through three local pubs and one local beer store to … Read More

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Puffin Watching with Special Tours

Holly and I with a Puffin

  If you read my blog, you know how excited I was about Puffin Watching. If not, the answer was that I was really REALLY excited. So excited, that I planned my puffin watching expedition with Special Tours for our very first day in Reykjavik. After our airport pickup, and a tour of the nearby area we checked into our hotel and realized we only had about an hour to spare before our puffin boat tour at 2:30. After a quick celebratory beer (we were celebrating our arrival – yes I have low celebration standards), we headed down to the … Read More

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Win a Trip to Iceland with Iceland Unlimited!


  I’ve gotten so much wonderful feedback from all of you about how excited you were to read about my trip to Iceland. Based on your comments, it sounds like may of you are ready to start planning your own trip’s to Iceland! Well, now is your chance to win your very own all expenses paid trip to Iceland through a company I was lucky enough to work with during my trip, Iceland Unlimited. They recently launched a fun new facebook game that allows you to compete as the infamous Icelandic Volcano, Eyjafjallajökull. You get to control Eyjafjallajökull as it erupts and … Read More

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Snorkeling in Freezing Cold Silfra

Snorkeling In Silfra in Iceland

  When you think of things to do in Iceland, some of the activities you read about make sense: Glacier Hiking, Snowmobiling, Dog Sledding. Then of course there is the great snorkeling…wait, what? That was pretty much my exact reaction when I heard that Iceland had some of the best snorkeling. I had this image of myself in a bikini paddling around ice and slowly (quickly) turning blue. Of course, it’s nothing like that – in fact, if you’ve ever gone snorkeling before you will find that Iceland snorkeling is a whole new experience. But let’s back up a bit. … Read More

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Dog Sledding Iceland

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Like many things we wish to achieve in life, the road to dog sledding was long, windy and often bumpy. However, far from being a metaphor, the twisty gravel road we took through the interior of Iceland in our tiny rental car was very very real. We had been driving for about 20 minutes, hoping that Adele’s motivational lyrics would propel our car to new feats of Suzuki strength. I was beginning to worry we had gotten horribly off track when we were alerted to the dog camp by the sound of 50 barking dogs. Dog camp  of Dog Sledding … Read More

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Walking across the Svinafellsjokull Glacier in Iceland

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  As you approach the Svinafellsjokull Glacier at Skaftafell the first thing that hits you isn’t the sheer size of the glacier looming in front of you. In fact, the massive white summit is dwarfed by the impact of a small sign you approach the glacier entrance. Mounted on a unimpressive boulder, the square sliver sign lists two names with a simple note: “Missing on the glacier since 2007. With love from their family and friends” The sign was a sober reminder on a cheerful, sunny morning in Iceland. A reminder that Iceland’s famous glaciers are not simple tourist attractions. In … 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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