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This Snack Should Be in the United States. I Really Enjoyed It.

After spending my first night at the Hilton Garden Inn Calgary Airport hotel and on my way to my first day of exploring in the Rocky Mountains of Canada, I stopped off at the Chinook Centre to pick up a few snacks and some water…

…and among the snacks which I wanted to try while I was in Canada that are not readily available in the United States was…

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A Canadian Hummingbird — Just Because

I forgot to include this neglected avian buddy in two separate articles: this one pertaining to Mount Robson Lodge at which I arguably had the best view from a room I had ever seen during my years of travels; and this one which listed some of my new animal friends from the Rocky Mountains in Canada.

Because I neglected this poor little guy twice, I…

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The Best View From a Room I Have Ever Seen?

How often do you experience what is arguably one of the best views and one of the worst views from a room which you have ever seen during the same trip?

Well, that phenomenon happened during my recent trip to the Rocky Mountains of Canada, as this hotel room was a candidate for one of the worst views I have ever experienced from a hotel room at any time during my years of travel…

…but I booked lodging as a customer for the first time using…

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I Saved $40 at Booking.com at This Place?!?

As a customer for the first time at Booking.com, I received $40.00 back on my credit card statement shortly after I successfully completed my stay with which I spent a minimum of $80.00 or more on lodging…

…but where exactly did I stay?!?

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A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Lake Louise

No traffic light exists at the intersection of Lake Louise Drive and Village Road — rather, traffic from all four directions is required to stop at this intersection…

…but on days during which traffic can potentially be a problem, someone is assigned to the intersection to manually direct traffic.

Several vehicles were lined up in front of me in the right lane — including a minivan, which was directly in front of me.

Once the minivan arrived at the…

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11 Things You Should Know About Driving Across Borders in Southern Africa

The decision to drive around southern Africa for two weeks was a good one for me, as I thoroughly enjoyed my road trips — but there are some things about which you should know if you intend to embark on a similar adventure.

Not all border crossing experiences are the same, as one border post can be different from another — even if they both serve the same two countries.

Based on my experiences, here are eleven suggestions on how to ensure that your experience crossing borders between countries in southern Africa can be less stressful, confusing, daunting and frustrating…

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Are the Real Geographic Centers of the United States Incorrectly Marked?

Several years prior to 2008 — while I was on a business trip to Spearfish — I drove almost 13 miles north on United States Highway 85 to Belle Fourche so that I may visit the geographic center of the 50 United States, which is located within 12 miles of the Wyoming border…

…but when I arrived near the exact spot, I could not find it. No signage was available. The experience was as though the spot did not exist.

Confused, I…

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Leaving Johnston Canyon

Johnston Canyon in Banff National Park was not crowded during my entire experience there — from when I entered it to viewing the lower falls to being at the two observation areas of the upper falls — but I had already spent a few hours there…

…and there was so much more to see during my week in the Rocky Mountains of Canada; so I decided that…

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Yama Memorial in Minsk: A Solemn Visit

Wandering on the southwest corner of Zaslavskaya and Melnikajte streets in the city of Minsk, one might not initially notice that what appears to be a small park lined with trees and grass is actually a reminder of the horrors which had occurred on that very spot greater than 75 years ago.

Welcoming visitors at the top of the staircase is…

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