Category: Travel Blog

Dec 04

Hilton Garden Inn Liberia Airport – Costa Rica

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Rview of the Hilton Garden Inn at Liberia Airport in Guanacaste, Costa Rica.

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Dec 02

Best Western Vista Villas – Tamarindo, Costa Rica

Best Western Vista Villas - Tamarindo, Costa Rica

Overall 4/5 (physical 3/5, location 3.5/5, view from oceanview rooms 5/5, staff 5/5)

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Aug 08

Galapagos Trip: Planning and Day 1 (Newark and Miami)

This is the first in the series of Sara’s trip to the Galapagos. Planning and Day 1 (Newark and Miami) Days 2 and 3 (Miami and Ecuador) More to come… I booked a flight with my old college roommate, Cathy, to the Galapagos Islands to visit a friend we knew in college. We used kayak.com …

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Aug 02

Use your Smarts (Phone)

I went to Dick’s Sporting Goods Store a couple of weeks ago. Apparently there was a 50% off sale on, among other things, wetsuits. I was a bit dubious thinking, “But half off of what price?”. Turns out they were $70-80 originally (about average, maybe a bit above). Awesome! Then I got worried that they …

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Aug 02

I’m leaving on a jet plane–to the Galapagos

I wanted to write this MUCH earlier but work has been hectic.  My college roommate and I decided to go on a trip to the Galapagos, both to take in the sights and to visit an old friend from college.  So here is my projected list of things to bring on this trip.  Any last …

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Aug 01

Anatomy of a counterfeit 100 yuan bill

There are likely many types of counterfeit 100 yuan notes. There are, however, a few things to look for that should give you an idea of what to look for on a legitimate bank note. First, let me start with pictures of the front and back of a legitimate 100 yuan bill. Note the placement …

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Jul 23

Update on Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC): It still sucks

I had given up on getting through to ICBC. When I was still living in Korea, I had tried handling the matter at an ICBC branch in Seoul. For newer readers, the matter I’m referring to is my having withdrawn 300 yuan, at the time about $45, from an ICBC ATM in Beijing. This money, …

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Feb 18

Free Travel Genius Kiva Challenge

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Kiva and our Leap Year Kiva Challenge

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Feb 03

A Portuguese Thanksgiving

When I lived in London, I had three flatmates: a guy from England, a guy from Germany, and a girl from Portugal. I was so excited to get to live with people from such diverse backgrounds and cultures. It was a great opportunity and I was all for it. Cut to November of 2010. I’m …

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Jan 20

The Phoenician and Scottsdale, AZ

picture of Saguaro Cacti in Scottsdale, AZ

A review of the Phoenician Resort in Scottsdale (Phoenix), AZ in January 2012 along with other hints about vacationing in Scottsdale.

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