Portland, Maine.

Portland, Maine Has a Homeless Person Problem

By     |    Apr 23, 2013
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Portland, Maine wasn’t what I expected. I expected a cute, sea-side city with quaint shops and streets and seafood shanties. Granted, that’s exactly what Portland is and what it has, but it has a lot of other things going on, most noticeably, homeless people. There are cute shops and great restaurants and fun bars, but they’re all located behind an overwhelmingly visible population of street people. I haven’t seen this many […]

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Google Fiber’s Next, Next Stop: Portland, Oregon

By     |    Apr 18, 2013
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If you follow this blog, you know I’m a bit of a nerd, so I read about things like Google Fiber. The big news lately has been about its expansion to Austin, TX, a city we didn’t exactly fall in love with. Now the news is that it’s expanding to Provo, UT as well. We were even less fond of Provo. There’s a pattern here and I can read it […]

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J's Oyster lobster roll.

J’s Oyster in Portland, Maine

By     |    Apr 10, 2013
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Ever since moving out of Chicago (and away from Half Shell and Fish Bar), I’ve been searching for great seafood shacks. My current favorite is in Florida near the Appalachia Bay. I’m also fond of Washington’s  Willapa Bay oysters. I’ve found another spot to add to the list: J’s Oyster in Portland, Maine. It’s wonderful. J’s Oyster is basically Half Shell moved above ground and put on a pier (Half Shell is […]

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Shake Shack vs. Five Guys (vs. In-N-Out and Culver’s)

By     |    Mar 27, 2013
Posted in: Food, New York     |    2 Comments

In New York, we dined at Shake Shack, and when I say ‘dined,’ I mean we fought bitterly for a table to balance our drinks on while we shoved our food into our faces as fast as possible to escape the too-crowded restaurant. But some people love it. And then there’s Five Guys, another East Coast favorite. Could these guys compete with the Culver’s and In-N-Out? It’s time to find […]

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Phantom Travel and Wanderlust

By     |    Mar 21, 2013
Posted in: Travel Itch     |    1 Comment

Paul was gone for four days. Driving home from work Sunday night, my head was full of ideas. Ideas about where I could go in four days. I didn’t want to go back to our apartment…I wanted to go somewhere else. Let’s see… I could drive to Florida! It’d only take 20 hours. I could probably do that straight, right? I could camp on the beach for two days before […]

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A Review of @nomadicmatt’s How to Travel the World on $50 a Day

By     |    Mar 14, 2013
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We picked up a copy of How to Travel the World on $50 a Day a few weeks ago because we like Nomadic Matt’s blog. Matt’s blog is one of the reason’s we are planing on going to Budapest this year. I was planning to write a full review, but Tim Leffel over at the Cheapest Destinations Blog beat me to it and did a better job that I would have done […]

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Eggs, bacon, potatoes.

$70 Breakfast at the Station Diner with a Side of Free Hotel

By     |    Mar 12, 2013
Posted in: Food, New York     |    5 Comments

Things are expensive in New York. We spent $70 on breakfast one day in Brooklyn at the Station Diner, plus tip. Insane? Or the best deal ever? You decide. Breakfast included all-you-can-drink coffee and a cup of orange juice. Options were limited, but I opted for eggs (over-easy), potatoes, and bacon, while Lisa went for the yogurt, granola, and fruit. Both were delicious. But there’s more. Breakfast begins the night […]

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How Use Your Cell Phone While Traveling Abroad: International Mobile Phone Tips

By     |    Mar 9, 2013
Posted in: Adventure How To, Travel Tech     |    5 Comments

It’s tough to divorce yourself from your cell phone. It’s an all-knowing security blanket, and a lot of us would both like to use it while we travel and be entirely free of its interruptions while we travel. I can’t help you with the second one — you’ll have to figure out how to turn the thing off yourself — but I can help you with the first one — […]

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Beautiful Budapest [Photo: Marco Martins-Costa]

Budapest Inspiration from @RickSteves, @AsWeTravel, and @nomadicmatt

By     |    Mar 5, 2013
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We’re in the early stages of planning a return trip to Europe. Brussels, Amsterdam, and Bruges are on the list. Where else? We’re thinking Budapest. Lisa first caught the Budapest bug in London. One of our London buddies had recently visited Budapest and loved it. His stories planted the seed. Once it was on our minds, we started seeing the city mentioned everywhere! Here’s a list of people who have […]

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Near the 30th Street entrance: new construction and empty lots.

Three Places to Stroll in New York

By     |    Feb 28, 2013
Posted in: New York     |    1 Comment

We love walking around New York. Every time we visit, we probably cover 8 miles a day. Or more. Here’s where we strolled on our last visit: The High Line Park The way-western side of Manhattan is interesting. There are empty lots. There’s new construction. It almost doesn’t feel like Manhattan, but the High Line has been written about in nearly every magazine we read and we had to see […]

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