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April 2013
Compulsive Traveler

Myanmar: The New Hot Destination

Years of isolation have made Myanmar one of the few countries that has not been tainted by foreign commercialism. Add that to the fact that the people are friendly, the country is safe, and the sites are glorious. Myanmar is a great destination.

March 2013

Why Vietnam?

Sidewalks in Vietnam are used for cooking, restaurants, skinning frogs, motorbikes, motorbike parking, weddings, funerals, public markets, fish markets, automobile body work, recycling American bomb parts, manufacturing fish sauce, and trash disposal – any activity, in fact, except walking.


The Adventurous Rapid River Ride in Norwegian Fjords

Swerving and curving — what a thrill ride this is. Everyone was having a grand time, while hanging on and marveling how well our float suits were working. Thank goodness. My uncovered nose and mouth told me it was very cold even though this was in July.

Compulsive Traveler

Ten Things to do in Xian, China

According to historians of the time the burial mound which is about a mile from the pits, contained 100 rivers of flowing mercury under a ceiling decorated with celestial bodies. It took 700,000 workers several decades to complete the massive funerary that was not discovered until 1974. Each warrior is different and exquisitely made.

February 2013

A Floating Fantasy

Although available, we preferred to be unplugged: no phone, TV or internet for us. One of our tablemates was aghast. "No civilization? Well, I think that's been overrated anyway and frankly, some things aren't even very civilized anymore." So the Ryndam became our "small-town Utopia" sort of like an RV at sea, heading to new destinations – with privacy whenever we desired.

Compulsive Traveler

Visit Portland, Oregon – The Rose City

There are many interactive displays and on the second floor visitors can “travel” to Russia, China, and other parts of the world meeting people who are faced with many similar issues of preserving forests in their countries. Take a ride up into the forest canopy and see what you find.

January 2013
Compulsive Traveler

Visit Seattle – The Emerald City

Check out Air Force One which is only one of 150 planes on exhibit at the world’s largest private air and space museum. Several simulators allows visitors to experience an aerial dogfight or what it is like to operate a glider or match skills with an astronaut trying to link up with the Hubble Space Telescope.

December 2012
Compulsive Traveler

Mobile, Alabama: The Azalea City

Mobile is America’s birthplace of Mardi Gras. Tour the museum and view the jeweled crowns, elaborate gowns, and elegant robes along with scepters and other paraphernalia that is part of the celebration.

November 2012
Compulsive Traveler

Visit Philadelphia Where America Started

Touted as “America’s Most Interactive Museum” it is the only museum dedicated to the U.S Constitution. “Freedom Rising,” the center’s multi-media presentation is a journey from the inception of the Constitution to the present time. Be one of the thousands who have signed the Constitution with the bronze statues of the original signers standing nearby.

October 2012
Food Ventures

Fayetteville, North Carolina – History, Heroes, and a Hometown Feeling

A year before the Declaration of Independence, a group of 55 local patriots met to pledge their lives to the defense of American liberty -- what has become known as the “Liberty Point Resolves.” In 1783 Fayetteville changed its name from Campbellton to become the first U.S. city to so honor the Revolutionary War hero Marquis de Lafayette, who aided the colonies in their fight for independence.

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