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Exploring the Inside of a Dormant Lava Tunnel in Iceland

The island of Iceland was formed as a result of volcanic activity — it lies on the divergent boundary between the Eurasian plate and the North American plate, over which one can walk across via a bridge at Miðlína — so the existence of lava tubes is of no surprise…

…and visitors can walk through an actual dormant lava tube — through which hot molten lava once flowed thousands of years ago — at the Raufarhólshellir Lava Tunnel.

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Grinding, Brewing and Tasting Coffee in Colombia. Yes, I Actually Drank Coffee.

I might have consumed five — perhaps six — cups of coffee in my entire life. I do not dislike coffee — if I do drink it, it must contain a lot of sugar and milk or cream — but I do not need it to get my day started; and I do not crave its flavor, so I almost always do without it. Caffeine does not affect me in any way at all, so that is not an issue.

Regardless, I was looking forward to creating and tasting authentic Colombian coffee — and this was done at…

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Lulo? What is a Lulo?

As I attended a tasting session in the presidential suite at the Hilton Bogotá Corferias hotel property, sections of a small fresh fruit — which reminded me of a cross between a kumquat and a tangerine — sat in a black dish.

“Excuse me. What is this?” I asked one of the members of the staff of the hotel property, pointing at this unfamiliar fruit.

“That fruit is called a lulo”, she responded.

“Lulo?”…

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Review: Impossible Whopper by Burger King

The hunger for which Americans have had for beef for centuries seems to be insatiable — to the point where it has been ingrained in the culture in the United States. Consider the Where’s the Beef? advertising campaign from Wendy’s back in 1984 and the repeated vexatious chant from 1981 known as T Bone by Neil Young, which is nine minutes and 14 seconds about how our Canadian protagonist has mashed potatoes but none of that satisfying meaty goodness attached to the bone.

Providers of food — such as restaurants and supermarkets — have been seeking to offer alternatives to beef chiefly due to the increase in prices, which have been fueled by simultaneously record increased demand with decreased production. As one example…

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Easter Island: Itinerary and Master Guide [Work In Progress]

Easter Island is considered one of the most remote destinations in the world — but one would likely be unaware of that fact when wandering the town of Hanga Roa after stepping off of a Boeing 787-9 Y+ “Dreamliner” airplane operated by LATAM Airlines from Santiago.

Known most famously for its hundreds of Maoi and the various Anu — or platforms — on which they stand, Easter Island also has…

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Review: Oby’s in Starkville, Mississippi

A po’ boy is a type of sandwich from Louisiana that consists of French bread with a choice of food between the two halves, such as meat, seafood, vegetables, or combinations of these. According to legend, in a New Orleans streetcar strike in 1929, a restaurant known as…

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I Met the King. His Name is Tut Ankh Amun.

In celebration of the tomb of Tut Ankh Amun in Egypt once again being open to visitors after undergoing extensive and painstaking restoration for almost a decade, I thought I would impart the experience of my visit from the spring of 2015 — but because I was not allowed to…

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The Total Eclipse of the Sun Chile July 2019: A Poor Video of a Great Celestial Event

After staying the night in Tongoy, I left the hotel property prior to 9:00 in the morning to drive the remaining 82 miles to the center of totality of the path of the solar eclipse. After scoping the area in the bright sunshine under clear skies, I chose a site at approximately 11:30 in the morning which I believed to be optimum for viewing a total solar eclipse. As the total solar eclipse was not scheduled to happen until just after 4:30 in the afternoon, I had five hours to wait in the middle of nowhere. Good thing that I had an ample amount of snacks and water in the car…

…but at approximately 1:00 in the afternoon, clouds started to form. By 2:00, the sky was completely overcast. My hope of seeing this total solar eclipse was fading fast.

I then…

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