A Day Trip Along Ruta de Las Flores, El Salvador

Ruta de las Flores means Route of the Flowers, just in case your Spanish is completely non-existent. But let me first clear up something: the flowers only bloom seasonally. When I was there, I saw a grand total of zero flowers on the Route of the Flowers. Not a single one. “Route of the Flowers…

A Quick Overview of Santa Ana, El Salvador

Santa Ana is around an hour’s drive north west of the capital, San Salvador. Population: 375,000. It’s considered one of the safest places in the country (allegedly the most dangerous peacetime country in the world) and comes up in many lists of where to visit in El Salvador. However, Santa Ana itself has precious little…

Ways to Make Iceland Less Expensive

Iceland is really expensive. Like $30 for breakfast expensive. We stayed in Reykjavik for a week and below are some tips on keeping costs to a minimum, if your budget is tight. Getting there: Swim. This is the cheapest option. I’d recommend swimming in the summer. Winter might be a tad too chilly. Fly. Wow…

Las Vegas: A Bucket List Itinerary

Do you like to travel? Probably, otherwise you’re in the wrong part of the internet. Edmund, get your poetry peer-reviewed here. Clayton, the latest farm equipment can be ordered here. And Gladys, the pornography discussion group you’re looking for is here. Oh, and Gladys, might I suggest a VPN for that specific sub-genre. Next question:…

Seville is Really Quite Unfairly Pretty

Frankly I think this is cheating, don’t you? Do you think this is in any way reasonable? No idea what I’m talking about? Let me explain by asking another question. Have you ever been to Hull? Wigan? The steaming pile of excrement that is Luton? How is it fair that a place like Seville is…

The Worst of Humanity at Belém Tower, Lisbon

Belém Tower in Lisbon, Portugal, is really quite pretty to look at. Here’s a photo: Unfortunately, that is all the positivity you’re getting out of me for this post because what’s inside that tower is not pretty. Don’t get me wrong, physically it’s fine. There’s stone and wood and some pleasant views. What isn’t pretty…

Cycling the Golden Gate Bridge

The humble bicycle has two wheels and no motor. Invented in the early 1800s and largely unchanged in two centuries, the bike is an excellent invention in transportation. And interestingly, unlike in other forms of transportation, development of the bicycle has resulted in an entirely new species of human, a species that would make Darwin…

Pyramid Scheming in Minnesota

At first it sounded like a job interview. “I’m a good communicator because…” “I work well both alone and as a team…” “I graduated three years ago but I’ve demonstrated the 17 years of requisite experience by working 4 jobs and training myself to only need 8 minutes of sleep a day.” We were in…

Getting the Perfect Photo at Neuschwanstein Castle

I was lying on my stomach in the snow at the edge of a ridge in a forest, eye squinting through a camera lens. I clicked the shutter, stood up, brushed myself off and looked at the camera display. Nope, that was also terrible. I dragged my beleaguered wife back down the hill, saying we…

Trip to Minneapolis. Minneapolis? Yep, Minneapolis!

On Saturday we’re flying to Minneapolis. “Why?” You ask. Because it’s my birthday and I always go somewhere new for my birthday, that’s why. “Ok, but why Minneapolis?” You wonder, quite reasonably. To which I reply, dunno man, does everything have to have a reason? I know very little about Minneapolis and the state in…

A Christmas Cruise Around the Caribbean

New York right now is as cold and hostile as our landlord when we told them they need to turn up the heating. So to warm myself I’m going to make myself a nice cup of tea, put on a pair of slippers, and talk about how warm and wonderful our Christmas Caribbean cruise was….

Antoni Gaudí: The Worst Builder in the World

One thing’s for sure, you wouldn’t want Antoni Gaudí as your neighbor. Imagine leaving your house one morning and bumping into him and he tells you, with a big sigh, “My house has no straight lines.” You’d get that FOR SALE sign up before you can say “stay away from my kids”. Gaudí, for those…