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Surprised: My Stay at Hotel Viktorija in Riga

Many aspects of Hotel Viktorija — including the lobby — seemed almost unchanged from when it was first built in 1910, as shown by dozens of photographs. Included in the incredibly low room rate of…

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Sunwapta Falls is Worth a Quick Visit

I first arrived at Sunwapta Falls in Jasper National Park, thinking that it was on my way to Athabasca Glacier in the Rocky Mountains of Canada — and that I can sneak in a quick stop…

…but the area was under construction at the time and closed to visitors — so I…

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Life on the Edge: The Glacier Skywalk

After stepping out onto Athabasca Glacier in Banff National Park in the Rocky Mountains of Canada — and drinking some of the best water which I have ever tasted — the time had arrived to be transferred to the Glacier Skywalk.

We boarded a shuttle bus for a direct transfer from Athabasca Glacier to the Glacier Skywalk. A maximum of…

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Why Gate Agents are Amongst the Hardest-Working Employees of Airlines

When you arrive at the gate at an airport to board an airplane for your flight, at least one person is behind the counter to check you in — if you have not already done so — as well as attempt to accommodate your requests and answer any questions you may have about the flight…

…and although I am certain that what John posted in the Comments section of this article pertaining to…

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Why Cave and Basin National Historic Site in Banff Was Not My Favorite Place to Visit

Cave and Basin National Historic Site is considered the birthplace of the national park system in Canada when three opportunistic railway workers stumbled upon a cave full of hot mineral spring waters and noticed the vent leading to a large cavern full of warm water in November of 1883 in what is now known as Banff National Park — which is the first national park established in Canada — and the rest is history.

Cave and Basin National Historic Site is a part of…

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Overlander Falls is Good For a Quick Tranquil Break

When one is enveloped by an abundance of extraordinary natural beauty in the Rocky Mountains of Canada, overlooking sites which would otherwise be worthy of a visit in many other places is not uncommon…

…so after staying overnight at Mount Robson Lodge and hiking 21 kilometers round trip on Berg Lake Trail — a trip report is forthcoming — I stopped at Overlander Falls.

The…

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Photographs of the Total Eclipse of the Sun

“Wooowww” is all I could manage to mutter in astonishment — like a little boy full of wonder who has discovered something new and awesome. I cannot explain just how spectacular was this event. No photograph — not even the best of those of professional photographs or astronomers with expensive equipment over the years — can remotely do justice and properly translate just how remarkable was witnessing a total eclipse of the sun live and in person. This celestial phenomenon — which…

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Everything You Do Not Want to Know About Trying to View a Total Solar Eclipse

Where I am based is fewer than 150 miles from the path of totality of the solar eclipse; so I decided to drive to a location and witness it — even if I did not have a pair of solar eclipse glasses.

In other words, nobody could have been more ill-prepared to participate in this event than me. I suppose it was because I did not really want to fuss about it; or perhaps I had other more important things on my mind. I would also say that I do not always have the best of luck; but people who found out about my…

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Drinking Incredible Water on Athabasca Glacier

Other than climbing on Exit Glacier in Alaska, I have not actually been on a glacier — so when I found out that not only can I access Athabasca Glacier in the Rocky Mountains of Canada and stand on it but also drink the water fresh off of the glacier, I could not resist.

I paid for the tickets in advance to save money. If you pay for the tickets at least 48 hours in advance, you can save…

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The Annual Gilroy Garlic Festival Stinks — and That is a Good Thing

I remember driving alone south on United States Highway 101 into Gilroy from the Silicon Valley area — and that familiar pungent odor of my favorite bulb welcomed by my olfactory sense confirmed that I was nearing the self-proclaimed garlic capital of the world long before I reached its borders.

I paid the entrance fee and studied the festive atmosphere, complete with loud music, booths with vendors selling their garlic-laced wares, and plenty of people. I typically eschew crowds, but bizarrely I did not mind them this time — perhaps it was…

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