Cyprus

Cyprus

I have some very exciting trips coming up in the next 9 months and, if you know me, you know I like to plan things and not leave much to chance. As I am going through guide books, blogs and reviews, I realize that there are three types of destinations on my list. Some of the places I am going to are brand new to me: Mauritius and Malta; some I have been to but cannot claim to know very…

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One of the craziest things I have ever done

One of the craziest things I have ever done

I was organizing some old photos in Amazon Prime photo vault today and was reminded about one of the craziest things I have ever done. This was in 2013, I was new to the hobby of collecting miles, points and trying to travel the world for little money but in as much comfort as possible. In early November I saw a promotion that American Airlines (AA) was running to steal frequent flyers from other airlines. They offered anyone who was…

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Farm to Table Cooking – Spring in Midwest

Farm to Table Cooking – Spring in Midwest

As most of you know, I live in Grand Rapids, MI. People often ask me why I chose this town when I can live anywhere in the United States, since I work remotely. There are many reasons for liking it here but if I had to name one, it would be my access to an amazing variety of local agricultural products.  I am able to cook using almost exclusively local ingredients 365 days a year. This is important not only…

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Trip report – Ireland (part 2)

Trip report – Ireland (part 2)

This is part two of the Ireland travel report. Part 1 can be found here. A related two-part trip report from the Isle of Man can be found here and here. On the third morning of our stay in Ireland, we finally woke up rested and headed to Dublin railway station to catch our train to Cork.   Cork is the second largest city in the Republic of Ireland and is situated on the river Lee that divides it into…

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Trip report – Ireland

Trip report – Ireland

Our trip to Dublin started in Chicago’s Ohare, which is seldomly pleasant but was made somewhat better by our ability to access the Air France lounge using my Priority Pass membership. I have plans to write a post on different ways to access airport lounges but if this is something you want to know sooner rather than later, please leave me a comment below. We flew Aer Lingus, one of two major airlines operating out of the Republic of Ireland….

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Pasta

Pasta

All of us probably have a different idea what a good pasta is. All of them are probably correct, since good and tasty are very subjective notions. I was going to write a very long and detailed post about the difference between fresh and dry pasta, as well as different pasta shapes but then I realized that everything I want to say or comment on has been written many times and is available over the internet. I am not going…

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Trip report – the Isle of Man (part 2)

Trip report – the Isle of Man (part 2)

Day 2 We had a lot of plans for day 2 and were a little bit disappointed that the weather was rainy and gloomy. We did not want to let this spoil the trip and decided to stick to our initial plan. This turned out to be a smart decision, since the weather improved quickly and the sun was shining by midday. Our first stop was the electric railway (or tram) depot, where we caught a train to the Snaefell…

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Flight deals to China

Flight deals to China

Good morning! There some unusually low fares ($550-600 return) available for flights to China this autumn and some dates in summer. You can even choose between several airlines. Departing airports: most major airport in the US. Destination: Beijing and Shanghai. The easiest way to find these deals is on Google flights. Once you find a date that works for you, scroll down to select the site this deal is available from.

Trip report – the Isle of Man

Trip report – the Isle of Man

One of the most difficult things about travel for me is deciding where to go. The list of places I want to visit is endless, plus there are many I want to go back to regularly. This is why we always try to visit several countries in one trip. Once I cross the Atlantic, spend all that time on a plane, I feel like staying in just one place is not enough. When we were planning a trip to Ireland…

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Rum or the history of the New World in a bottle (part 2)

Rum or the history of the New World in a bottle (part 2)

Welcome back! Part 1 of this post can be found here. Rum has one of the most complex and confusing classifications out there. It can be classified by the following characteristics: Raw ingredients used to make rum Rums can be made with fresh sugar cane juice, molasses, cane syrup and even beets. The cane juice method is usually used in French speaking countries and Brazil to make Rhums Agricole and cachaças respectively, while the vast majority of rums available on…

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