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Sunday Snap: Hotel Flores – Tamarindo, Costa Rica

Hotel Flores |

This was the view I was greeted with each morning when I opened the door of my room at the Hotel Flores in Tamarindo, Costa Rica. A little oasis among dusty roads. I spent a few hours by the pool trying to get the hang of this “relaxing” thing. I liked the fact that it’s small – only eight rooms – and I would happily stay here again when in Tamarindo. I’ve been longing for Costa Rica lately. I think the cold, wet, North Atlantic winter has something to do with that.

War Photo Limited

War Photo Limited

War Photo Limited is an exhibition center of war and conflict photography in Dubrovnik’s Old Town that tries to lift any romantic veil from war and show how it really is. It’s an uncomfortable visit but it’s one that I think everyone who visits Dubrovnik should make. I challenge you to visit and leave unaffected. The more I travel, the more I realize that we’re all more alike than we are different.

Reflections on Cloud Gate

Cloud Gate |

Cloud Gate, aka “The Bean”, in Chicago is one of the world’s most popular pieces of public art. It has more visitors than anything else in Chicago aside from Navy Pier. At first blush it seems too simple to really be called art, just a giant mirrored bean-like shape. But there’s more to the Bean than meets the eye.

Photo of the Week: Cloud Gate

Cloud Gate |

Cloud Gate, aka “The Bean”, in Chicago is one of the city’s most visited attractions, second only to Navy Pier. It was high on my own priority list when I visited the Windy City. In fact, I made two visits. Once just wasn’t enough.


In Seoul with No Clothes

"We can only check your bag through to Istanbul," the check-in agent in Dubrovnik told me. "But my final destination is Seoul," I replied. "I can only check it to Istanbu...

Arenal Volcano

Photo of the Week: Arenal Volcano

The Arenal Volcano was one of my favourite places I visited this year. It is still listed as an active volcano located in La Fortuna, Costa Rica but it hasn’t spewe...

Mel in Seoul |

2012: A Year in Travel

2012 was another year full of travel. I visited five new countries and even circumnavigated the globe like a boss. I pushed my limits and had some incredible experiences....

I drank the fish water |

I Drank the Fish Water

Korean food surprised me in a few ways. I didn't expect it to be so flavourful, so varied, so healthy, so communal or so spicy. I also wasn't prepared for how many plates...

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