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Sweater weather in full force, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Sweater weather in full force, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Text & photos © Estrella Azul IT’S THAT TIME of year when I’m wearing sweaters again, cardigans, long-sleeve shirts and over-sized scarves, fuzzy socks and boots. I feel all snuggly and really getting into the fall spirit. Colorful hillside! I actually used to live in that building when...
November 8th, 2015 | ACTIVITIES, EUROPE, WALKING/HIKING | Read More

How to not over-pack luggage when traveling for both work and fun

How to not over-pack luggage when traveling for both work and fun
Text & photos © Estrella Azul THIS SUMMER I was traveling from Romania to London for work, and I had some fun on the side staying at my friend’s place over the weekend. I had so much fun I want to talk about my trip—but first start by sharing some tips and suggestions for that stressful...
September 24th, 2015 | EUROPE, STAFF, TIPS&SECRETS, TRAVEL PREP | Read More

Funky Signs: Loreto, Baja – Cactus or Beer?

Funky Signs: Loreto, Baja – Cactus or Beer?
Text & photo © Milli Thornton. I refuse to go behind the bars at this storefront in Loreto, Baja California, and find out they sell the usual Tecate beer and maybe some bottled agua. I propose this is merely an edifice. In my happy imagination, you walk through the door and it opens into a flowering...
June 2nd, 2015 | FUNKY SIGNS | Read More

Mystical and practical secrets for visiting Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu, Peru

Mystical and practical secrets for visiting Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu, Peru
Story by staff writer Lisa A. White. Photos Copyright © Lisa A. White. ~.~.~.~.~ Latest in a series about her travels in Peru by staff writer Lisa A. White ~.~.~.~.~ WE ROLLED OUT OF BED at an alarming 4:00 a.m. Our train, a twenty-minute walk from Casa de Wow in Ollantaytambo, was to leave at 5:30...
November 14th, 2014 | SOUTH AMERICA, STAFF | Read More

Autumn colors from Mogote Peak, New Mexico

Autumn colors from Mogote Peak, New Mexico
Story & photos © Milli Thornton. The first Saturday in October was the perfect time to visit Mogote Peak (elevation 9,987 feet) in the Tusas Mountains of Northern New Mexico. This was the height of the autumn colors and we had a glorious, sunny day for our trip. We caravaned in BJ (Brian’s...
November 7th, 2014 | 4x4ing, NEW MEXICO, STAFF | Read More

Ollantaytambo, Peru: Cobblestones, prison ruins and vivid festival of the village’s patron saint

Ollantaytambo, Peru: Cobblestones, prison ruins and vivid festival of the village’s patron saint
Story by staff writer Lisa A. White. Photos Copyright © Lisa A. White. ~.~.~.~.~ Latest in a series about her travels in Peru by staff writer Lisa A. White ~.~.~.~.~ In a previous story, I touched on our decision to stay in Ollantaytambo and our horseback ride to Inti Punku. However, I’ve barely...
October 30th, 2014 | SOUTH AMERICA, STAFF | Read More

Funky Signs: How to have a girlfriend/boyfriend in 3 steps, #Frescobar

Funky Signs: How to have a girlfriend/boyfriend in 3 steps, #Frescobar
My morning routine is pretty much the same every day. Wake up, feed the kitten, have a latte and drive to work. Or rather, get driven to work (but my single-time driving lesson is a story for another time). Every morning, I walk down Napoca Street (in the city of Cluj-Napoca, Romania) on my way to work...
October 9th, 2014 | EUROPE, FUNKY SIGNS, STAFF | Read More