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Weeki Wachee

Guys. I am here today not with a flippant travel tale, but with a serious, significant public service announcement to share. Science and society have lied to you for too long, and I am here to set the record straight. Mermaids are real. I arrived in Tampa, Florida, as I have so many other times…

Months 41 and 42

Note: Yup, I'm a little behind posting roundups. After the next one, however, we should be all caught up. Sorry for any confusion my lazy posting has caused! From Halloween to my birthday to Thanksgiving to Christmas, this was a period of big celebrations! And big heapings of time spent with some very special people…

Next Stop Florida

For some reason, Florida doesn't have the most exciting reputation as a travel destination. I never really understand why -- the weather is amazing, natural wonders abound, and there are some pretty fantastic cities dotting those endless coastlines. Over two and a half weeks this January, I'd discover even more reasons to get excited about…

New Orleans from Above thumbnail

My time in New Orleans was up, and it was time to fly away from what was quickly becoming one of my favorite world cities. But first, it was time to fly over it. The weather was somewhat moody throughout my visit, and our VIP Sightseeing Flight got bumped back until it could get bumped…

New Year, New Orleans

I consider New Year's Eve to be a pretty take-it-or-leave-it holiday, but in the last few years my December 31st game has been tight. In fact, I really didn't think anything could top the fiery celebrations of the previous year in Baños, Ecuador, and I didn't plan to try. I'd just stay in New York…

Mardi Gras World

My first trip to New Orleans was for Mardi Gras, a move that many locals recommend avoiding. But I have no regrets -- it was an amazing experience. In fact, when I returned for my second trip, I was feeling a little nostalgic for all the colorful chaos. That, combined with the fact that it…

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