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October 2013

Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) in Guanajuato, Mexico: Part I — By Jennifer Shipp
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Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) in Guanajuato, Mexico: Part I — By Jennifer Shipp

Since we arrived here a week ago, there have been booths and tiendas set up with sugar skulls. Mexico is where Dia de los Muertos originated and so the festivities and traditions surrounding the event still supercede the goings-on of El Cervantino (a festival celebrating Miguel Cervantes and art in general) and the arrival of the Carrera Panamericana cars.Dia de Muertos takes place over the course of ...
Carrera Panamericana 2013 — By Jennifer Shipp
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Carrera Panamericana 2013 — By Jennifer Shipp

This is one of the most famous and craziest road racing events in the world. For seven days every year, people drive their cars at break-neck speeds on public roads in Mexico.The Carrera Panamericana is a road rally that passed through Guanajuato in late October when we were there in 2013. It was originally a road race began in 1950 to celebrate the completion of the Pan American Highway in Mexico. It ...
Estoy Perdida: Lost in Guanajuato — By Jennifer Shipp
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Estoy Perdida: Lost in Guanajuato — By Jennifer Shipp

“The streets are serpentine.” Hugh, our taxi driver told us as we stood outside the hotel on our way to the bus station. I’d heard that the city was rather like a labyrinth, but I doubted it could be worse than the medina in Fez. I’d looked at a few maps, but I just didn’t think that we’d struggle finding our way around.And I tend to enjoy being lost anyway. I find the coolest thing when I have no idea ...
Spending Time with Jesus or the Festival Internacional Cervantino in Guanajuato? You Decide… — By Jennifer Shipp
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Spending Time with Jesus or the Festival Internacional Cervantino in Guanajuato? You Decide… — By Jennifer Shipp

Guanajuato, (also known by locals as GTO)  was overflowing with people when we arrived here on October 23rd. I had read in numerous places that it would be nearly impossible to find a hotel room during El Cervantino in Guanajuato, but luckily, we hadn’t booked a hotel. We were in a vacation rental, up a meandering staircase just a short distance from the city center.Today is the last day of the Festival ...
Loitering Dogs, Criminals, and Lovers Deter Earnest Jogger from Exercise Routine — By Jennifer Shipp
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Loitering Dogs, Criminals, and Lovers Deter Earnest Jogger from Exercise Routine — By Jennifer Shipp

Although the stairs leading up to the front door of our vacation rental are a little obnoxious (there are 100-150 of them), I was pleased that I wouldn't have trouble finding a place to work-out while we were in Guanajuato. At home, I normally jog at least 5 days of week and do a few supplementary activities to keep myself fit, but when we travel, I never know what kind of space or work-out facilities will ...
The Laundry Lady vs. My Mexican Washing Machine — By Jennifer Shipp
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The Laundry Lady vs. My Mexican Washing Machine — By Jennifer Shipp

I was so pleased when I realized there was a washing machine at our Guanajuato vacation rental. In many parts of the world, the only way to do your laundry is to send it away or wash it in the sink. Having a washing machine would make the task of laundry into a no-brainer. I’d just stick our clothes in the wash when we got there and Voila! They would be clean.

But washing machines in ...
Guanajuato, Mexico: Thoreau-Style Walk on Day One
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Guanajuato, Mexico: Thoreau-Style Walk on Day One

At Denver International Airport, before boarding the plane from Denver to Los Angeles, I downloaded a Henry David Thoreau book called Walking. I figured a philosophical slant on things would help keep me balanced. Also, I thought that perhaps reading about walking would help me cope more effectively with being folded up into tight spaces for the ensuing two days (or it would have the opposite effect on me…I ...
Getting to Guanajuato, Mexico — By Jennifer Shipp
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Getting to Guanajuato, Mexico — By Jennifer Shipp

Normally, I really enjoy the public transportation when we travel. Public transportation is, in my opinion, the perfect mix of people and sights. But, there's a limit to my cheery outlook on being in close quarters and completely out of control of my destiny. By the end of three 12 hour days straight of planes, buses, and taxis, I was definitely ready to find a place to call home and stop lugging our ...
Tortuguero National Park- Part II (Being There) — By Jennifer Shipp
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Tortuguero National Park- Part II (Being There) — By Jennifer Shipp

We went to Tortuguero because green sea turtles are currently nesting there, but though the turtles were nifty, they were not the highlight of the trip, at least for me. Rather, I was completely fascinated by the backwards (or perhaps sideways) culture in this place.Basically, I couldn’t imagine living in a place like Tortuguero or for that matter, any of the places along the river leading to ...
Wreck Beach Basics: Vancouver, British Columbia — By Jennifer Shipp
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Wreck Beach Basics: Vancouver, British Columbia — By Jennifer Shipp

We’ve been here twice, (once on Canada Day, July 1st) and both times I was impressed. It’s hard to believe a laid back, clothing optional beach would exist anywhere in Canada, but then again, Vancouver is a singularly open-minded place. Both times that we went to Wreck Beach, we had trouble finding the location which is why I was inspired to write this post about it.Wreck Beach, Vancouver, Canada is ...
What Is Canada Day? — By Jennifer Shipp
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What Is Canada Day? — By Jennifer Shipp

When we traveled from Nebraska to Alaska, we knew we would miss the fourth of July celebrations in the U.S., but we figured that Canada Day on July 1st would make up for it. We were in Vancouver, BC on July 1st and visited Wreck Beach as our commemorative outing. This is a "clothing optional" beach near the University campus.Canada Day is a sort of Canada independence day that celebrates the enactment ...
Open Mic Night at the Mestizo Café in Salt Lake City, Utah — By Jennifer Shipp
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Open Mic Night at the Mestizo Café in Salt Lake City, Utah — By Jennifer Shipp

Lydian and Camile, the core of the band Tiger and the Freedom Birds, were just putting away their guitars when we decided to go ahead and try out the open mic night at the Mestizo Café in Salt Lake City, UT. We had finished setting up our RV on this, our first stop on the Nebraska to Alaska tour. The girls were a little nervous about playing in a big city like Salt Lake, but they were game to give it a try. ...
Basic Information about Whitehorse, Yukon Territory — By Jennifer Shipp
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Basic Information about Whitehorse, Yukon Territory — By Jennifer Shipp

Whitehorse truly is as cool as people say it is. It has a health food store as good as any you’d find in Colorado and there’s a very decent music and arts scene in this small, isolated town (population 23,276). The people here know how to make the most of constant daylight or constant dark. After Vancouver, this city would be my second choice as a place of residence in Canada. It isn't as populated as ...
Why You Should Stop at Epic Pizza in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory — By Jennifer Shipp
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Why You Should Stop at Epic Pizza in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory — By Jennifer Shipp

There are few singularly fun experiences  to be had on the  way through the Yukon Territory in Canada. Mostly there are a lot of trees, frost-heaved roads, some bears, and a lot of moose. The Yukon Territory is mostly about wilderness and mosquitoes with the exception of Whitehorse, a hip little community that makes up for whatever coolness is lacking in the rest of Northern Canada. And nestled within this ...
A Trip to the Arctic Ocean and Deadhorse, Alaska via the Dalton Highway — By Jennifer Shipp
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A Trip to the Arctic Ocean and Deadhorse, Alaska via the Dalton Highway — By Jennifer Shipp

Deadhorse, AK is located 495 miles north of Fairbanks via the Dalton Highway. It is located in North Slope Borough, Alaska near the ArcticOcean. It's a community that's developed to meet the needs of the workers and businesses that operate in the Prudhoe Bay oil fields.This is not a great tourist destination per se, but it is still a worthwhile place for hearty travelers or serious birdwatchers ...
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