Digital orca in Vancouver

Art Around Town

I love it when cities invest time and energy into sprinkling art into communities. A lot of people pass by without noticing it, but it never ceases to bring a smile to my face. Vancouver has an incredible amount of public art scattered throughout the city. This random mushroom stood unassumingly in a residential neighborhood.…

Stanley Park totem poles

Visiting Vancouver’s Stanley Park

Rarely is it possible to go to a major city’s downtown to experience fantastic nature. Rarely, that is, unless the city is Vancouver. Stanley Park is a peninsula at the west end of downtown Vancouver and is larger than New York’s Central Park. You might be wondering what the big deal is, but this land…

mahi avocado corn

Tantalizing Tastes in Costa Rica

It’s pretty obvious by now that one of my favorite things about traveling is trying different foods at the destinations. So you can imagine my dismay when I was researching Costa Rica and travel guide after travel guide listed the country’s food as nothing more than “meh.” Boy, am I glad I didn’t listen to…

Nashville t-shirt

Meandering Through Music City

Music City. Despite all the recording studios and records that come out of New York and Los Angeles, Nashville is the unsuspecting place that gets the “Music City” distinction. Now I understand why. Everywhere you go, Nashville screams music. From the bars, also called “honky tonks,” lining Broadway that feature bands every day beginning at 11…

The West Deck restaurant Oranjestad Aruba beach good food

Things They Don’t Tell You: Aruba

You can read travel guides, watch videos, scour the internet and ask friends for information about your new travel destinations, but almost always you will be met with some surprises. I really think you’ll find at least one small thing at each new place that leaves you wondering “why didn’t I know this?” or “why…