Five places to travel to this fall

Denali National Park, Alaska I’ll admit that Alaska was barely on my radar until Sarah Palin amused the masses during the 2008 U.S. presidential election. Eight years after she talked about being able to see Russia from her backyard, I finally made it to Alaska during Labor Day weekend, the unofficial start to the fall…

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the self-assured kyoto identity

I love a good identity crisis. There is something intriguing about it; the wrestling of the conflicting bits to create a mosaic whole. It’s indicative of the capacity for growth. Of unlearning and restoring. Of the possibility to co-exist in imbalance with a constant striving for balance. Maybe I have a soft spot for it…

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experience the magic of kyoto in two days

Day 1 Take the high-speed Shinkasen first thing in the morning to Kyoto to arrive at the uber-modern Kyoto station, quite the juxtaposition to the city otherwise known for its 1000 temples and shrines. Check into your Airbnb to top off your luggage. I stayed at this cozy spot, perfect for solo or couple travelers, well-situated within walking…

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