Five hundred year old Panama City, Panama was never on my travel radar until last January when a friend emailed that he was planning a gathering there to celebrate his birthday. Within less than an hour, we had checked flight availability and booked miles tickets on Copa via United. Fast forward to Thanksgiving Day, when we were among the few intrepid travelers at O’Hare awaiting a very early morning direct flight to Panama City.Read More
If your Panama trip is limited to Panama City, you may want to fit in a visit to a nearby beach. There are a few within a two hour drive, but we didn’t want to rent a car for a day or do a full day tour. Instead, while we were having breakfast one day during our stay, another person at the same event told us about Taboga Island. We decided to check it out later that day.Read More
In his book Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly, Anthony Bourdain confessed that for his very first meal on his first trip to Tokyo, in his jet-lagged and exhausted state, he was so intimidated by the soba restaurants and overwhelming nature of Tokyo that he went to Starbucks. After considering his options, though, he bought a latte, rallied, and dove in to Tokyo.Read More
We ‘ve taken many food tours over the years, usually through Culinary Backstreets, which works with local guides to offer tours in cities all over the world. They don’t offer one in Seoul, so I decided to see if I could find one that might be comparable, since it’s fair to say that none of us were experts in Korean food beforehand.Read More
If you are traveling to Machu Picchu, you’ll almost certainly fly through Lima. Rather than rushing through, we stayed in Lima for 5 nights, and highly recommend as much time in Lima as you can spare. Below are some tips to help you get the most out of your time in Lima.Read More
It was like having dinner with an old friend.
For years I have watched Anthony Bourdain use his writing and travel documentary style to bring the sights and sounds of far off places right into my home. His irreverent, sarcastic, and detailed style of describing what travel is really like served as a mentor to my travel style. He helped teach a boy from rural Iowa what travel is all about.Read More