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It’s Time For More Time

By     |    Jun 11, 2011
Posted in: Reality     |    1 Comment

It’s 3:02PM and we have eight minutes to make the 3:10PM train to Chicago.  We knew it would be tight — we were planning to take the 5:55PM — but we’re headed home and we want to get there so we’re hustling and fretting and trying to make this work.  We could be home for dinner if we get lucky.  No time to waste. Four days earlier we were leaving […]

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Three Needs: The Best Bar In Vermont?

By     |    Jun 8, 2011
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So, yeah, it’s a good bar.  It’s got a great selection of beers on tap, you can borrow playing cards from the bar and play poker at the tables, you can read a textbook here if you’re a student, or do Sudoku and have a pint if you’re retired.  And you can watch seemingly endless episodes of The Simpsons on the TV above the bar or play a game of pool in […]

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One If By Land, Two if By … The Best Way To Get To Downtown Boston From Logan Airport

By     |    Jun 7, 2011
Posted in: Massachusetts     |    No Comments

It’s hot and we’re holding onto plastic straps to stay upright.  Every curve brings new squeaks and squeals as our train resists all forms of bending and turning.  It’s hot.  The guy behind me seems focused on his iPhone, but I’m pretty sure he’s eyeing Lisa’s purse.  I’m watching him.  But there’s a duffel bag between my legs throwing my balance off.  If something happens, I’m most likely to trip. […]

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Live Free Or Die Driving In New Hampshire

By     |    Jun 7, 2011
Posted in: New Hampshire     |    No Comments

New Hampshire is appealing to me mostly because of the great state motto — live free or die.  And the taxes.  Low taxes seem important when you have a 9-5 job, but are likely not a big deal in the grand scheme of things. New Hampshire has another thing going for it though — beautiful interstates.  Normally, driving along the interstate system is a monotonous experience, but in New Hampshire it’s […]

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Burlington Jazz Festival 2011

By     |    Jun 6, 2011
Posted in: Vermont     |    No Comments

We stumbled upon Burlington at the right time — the 2011 Burlington Discover Jazz Festival just began.  It runs from June 3rd through June 11th. Yesterday night, a Sunday, the town was filled with music, but my favorite was the digeridoo guy on Church Street (who may always be around). What is Vermont anyway if not just a colder version of Australia? However, we’re getting a bit of a warped […]

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Esquire’s Best Bar In Vermont: Three Needs

By     |    Jun 3, 2011
Posted in: Bars, Booze, Beer, Etc., Vermont     |    No Comments

We’re intentionally planning very little before our trip to Burlingon, Vermont next week, but Esquire’s best bar issue came out and I had to take a look at Vermont’s showing.  Chicago has 8 bars in the compiled list.  Burlington has 1, which, per capita, is probably better … even though it feels a bit light. The bar on this list is Three Needs.  And if you trust Yelp (or this […]

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Will We Be Able To Find Good Mexican Food In Burlington, Vermont?

By     |    Jun 2, 2011
Posted in: Food, Vermont     |    4 Comments

Burlington, Vermont has got it all — Lake Champlain, mountains, cheddar cheese, universal healthcare … and we’ll be there next week on a pre-big-trip exploratory mission. But does it have Mexican food?  We’ll see. Looking forward to finding out. We’ll slurp maple syrup, eat Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, drink Magic Hat beer, and hopefully find some tasty tacos.  There will be more pictures. photo credit: Chrissy Olson

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Unusual travel plans are dancing lessons from God.

By     |    May 31, 2011
Posted in: Travel Itch, Travel Quotes     |    No Comments

Kurt Vonnegut is one of our favorite authors and here’s one of our favorite quotes: Unusual travel plans are dancing lessons from God. — Kurt Vonnegut Cat’s Cradle is worth a read, so pick up a copy if you haven’t yet.  Funny story about Cat’s Cradle: Vonnegut wrote it after giving up on grad school and abandoning his anthropology dissertation.  After reading the novel, the University of Chicago gave him his diploma. […]

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Four of Our Favorite Sources of Travel Inspiration

By     |    May 27, 2011
Posted in: Adventure Prep, Travel Itch     |    No Comments

We recommended the movie 180° South to a couple friends the other day … and now they’re considering an extended trip and maybe even a drastic lifestyle change.  We couldn’t be happier for them — if they move someplace exotic, it’s one more fun place for us to visit. Here are four of our favorite sources of travel inspiration. 180° south, @180south Definitely watch this movie if you feel a little […]

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We need a refuge even though we may not ever need to go there.

By     |    May 26, 2011
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Edward Abbey is one of our favorite wilderness authors.  He said this in Desert Solitaire: We need wilderness whether or not we ever set foot in it. We need a refuge even though we may not ever need to go there. — Edward Abbey His point, kinda, is that mentally knowing you can escape is much better than accepting that you never will.  He’s probably right, but even knowing that […]

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