Fun Friday: Vancouver’s Steam Clock

I know I’ve previously written about often preferring to skip well-known tourist attractions, but sometimes it’s fun to stumble upon something touristy, yet very unique. That’s how I felt about encountering the steam clock in Vancouver’s Gastown neighborhood. The clock was built in 1977 to solve the problem of an open steam vent in the…

Costa Rica wildfire

Costa Rica: En Fuego!

Rome is burning. Except not so much Rome, and definitely Costa Rica. So to rephrase: Costa Rica is burning. Every day during the week I spent in Costa Rica, fires sprung up everywhere. Not a day passed when the pleasant, smoky smell of a burn didn’t filled the air. But unfortunately, the reality of the…

Getting Crabs in Costa Rica

OK, maybe the title shouldn’t really say getting crabs, but rather chasing crabs. Still, you get the picture. I’ve loved crabs ever since I went on a family vacation to South Carolina as a teenager and one of the local residents taught me how to grab a crab on its bum without getting pinched. That piqued my…

Fun Friday: Loud and Pink in Aruba

Sometimes a fun beach vacation also calls for a little local flavor. That’s why instead of staying in the popular resorts on the west coast of Aruba I opt for the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Oranjestad, which is surrounded by tasty local restaurants. I already blogged about how there’s a water taxi that docks in the hotel lobby…