Cartagena’s Magical Walled City

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Nobel prizewinner Gabriel Garcia Marquez described Cartagena as the place of “amethyst afternoons and nights of antic breezes”—fitting for the city where the author honed his famous “magical realism” writing style. So naturally I imagined the historic walled city to be unusually vivid, wild, and yes, magical. It was. A walk down one of the old, narrow streets tugs on…

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Visiting the Manatees in Blue Springs, Florida

Blue Springs State Park

I want to shed a little light on a spot near my hometown that you’ll definitely want to hit on your next trip to the Sunshine State. Blue Springs is not one of the typical tourist destinations, but definitely worth a day trip if you’re in Central Florida. It’s been years since I last went to Blue…

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Hitting the Reset Button in Cape Town

Table Mountain, Cape Town, South Africa

It’s always amazed me how even a short trip and a change of scenery can make the world feel like a completely different place. South Africa certainly doesn’t qualify as a short trip for me. I ventured nearly 16,000 miles round trip from New York City to Cape Town, South Africa’s Mother City. But it was…

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