Category Archives: Travel Narrative

My first elephant experience

This week I will be taking my first vacation away from Swaziland and I am traveling to Kruger National Park. The only traveling I have done in Swaziland has been to see wildlife, so I am quite excited that my … Continue reading

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Elephants at Hlane Royal National Park

I could not decide if I wanted to see elephants, white rhinos, or lions the most during my visit to Hlane Royal National Park. We ended up seeing them all with excellent viewing opportunities. I have a new appreciation for … Continue reading

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Lions at Hlane Royal National Park

There were so many animals I looked forward to seeing at Hlane, like the lions and elephants, but also some of the smaller animals like the honey badger and colorful birds. As it turned out, we saw only large animals … Continue reading

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Photo essay: Slot canyons in Robbers Roost Country

My grand introduction to technical canyooneering took place in Robbers Roost Country in southeastern Utah in an area west of Canyonlands National Park and east of Goblin Valley State Park. The area is called Robbers Roost because it is where … Continue reading

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Learning to grow

Without Jon, I would not be where I am today on many levels. He turned my eyes from the salty city I love in Austria to look west, past the Mississippi River that I had not crossed before 2010, to … Continue reading

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“The Sound of Music” returns to Salzburg

Last night, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2011, “The Sound of Music” debuted on the Landestheater stage in Salzburg. This is the first time the musical has been produced live on stage in the town where the movie was filmed. Salzburg has … Continue reading

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Could you please spell Oktoberfest with a “K”?

I like reproductions of things to be true to the original. Books, movies, food, beer and even Oktoberfest. I have been there, which by no means makes me a foremost authority in any degree, but I know what it’s like … Continue reading

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Cupcakes make people happy, too

So says the slogan of swirlz, a cupcake bakery in Chicago. Music makes people happy, as well, which I wrote about a couple days ago. Linsey and I stopped at swirlz to pick up a couple of treats before I … Continue reading

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Music makes people happy

By the reactions of the women in the crowd, you would have thought that Elvis was in the building. He was, save for the fact that the Elvis these 50-, 60- and 70-year-old women were fawning over was, of course, … Continue reading

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The times they are a-changin’

My life will be nothing like anything I have ever experienced in roughly two months. I am beginning to realize the frenzy September and October will be and I still have a few days left of August. I will be moving to … Continue reading

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