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Road Trip: A Slave’s Life

I wonder how many people have tried to imagine what a life of slavery must have been like. I have been confronted with slavery on numerous occasion, if you have read my other post you will remember that the most visceral for me was my visit to  Ghana. But even before I started blogging I […]

Oak Alley Plantation

Road Trip: Oak Alley Plantation (Louisiana)

  So once I got over the shock of looking at such beautiful places built on the back of slavery. I was able to once again get lost in the beauty of these amazing plantations. By far the one I was looking the most forward to seeing was Oak Alley Plantation, named after the row of […]

Evergreen Plantation

Road Tripping: Back to the Plantation (Louisiana)

The day was dreary, which I guess was befitting the mood of finding oneself going back to the plantation.  I sound like a runaway, but I was actually running towards the  plantation, several in fact.  The south has many antebellum mansions restored to their former glory. It is often a favorite pastime of Americans to […]

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Road Tripping: Chasing Liberty (AL)

One of the pleasures of driving to a destination, as opposed to flying, is that there are a myriad of opportunities to stop and see what life has to offer along the way. So it was in this spirit that I found myself in Birmingham Alabama. I planned to spend a few hours in Birmingham, […]

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St Louis Cemetary #1 (LA)

I stumbled upon the cemetery in New Orleans. I had no plans to search one out. I tend to not like the morbid, but once I found one I couldn’t not go in… It was creepy, even in broad daylight! It is surrounded by high walls, to keep people out (or in), and has iron […]

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The Big Easy (New Orleans, LA)

I could easily spend a months worth of post talking about New Orleans, it probably has the most colorful past of any American city, but I will condense my thoughts on New Orleans into a post (or a few). These are my impressions… New Orleans has secrets, not the garden variety kind found in other parts […]

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LAMEST THING EVER!!! – Offbeat America

I seriously thought about whether I should even blog this. It was just that lame, it was bound to happen, when you are searching for offbeat experiences you will find some that fall a little flat. I ended up finding it in Tennessee. But even the lamest of errands has a little something cool about them if you […]

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Road Tripping: Off Beat America – Next Stop Hazzard County

Before Teletubbies, Blue’s Clues and Dora the Explorer, children just watched what their parents watched on television (mostly). THANK God!!! When my niece and nephew were born I found myself having to watch all of the above and plotting to murder Tinky Winky, call INS on Dora, and to send Steve back to the mental institution that he clearly escaped from. But if […]

Mission San Juan

On Getting Religion- Tx Style (pt 3)

So I really didn’t spend that much time in Texas, just a few days actually. I really didn’t anticipate spending this much time blogging about it, but how do you condense so many experiences into just a few words and pictures. Well I think I said all that I was intending to say (mostly :) […]

San Jose Mission

On Getting Religion – TX-Style (pt2)

So about that A/C… Texas was hot as hades and it was only March. I had just left Columbus (OH) and it was still below freezing, with snow on the ground. So to show up in Texas and be welcomed by 90+ degree heat was painful; I was completely unprepared. I had on jeans and […]

Mission Concepcion

On Getting Religion TX-Style (pt 1)

So it’s no secret the south is a pretty religious part of the country; they don’t call it the Bible belt for nothing! So Texas was probably as good a place as any to find religion. I am not talking about finding God (He’s been a part of my life for a lot of years). […]

Where's Waldo? He's everywhere and everyone.

Word on the Street (The Bay Area)

There are three things about the book, Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert, that I absolutely adore: (1) all of the travel, which was a feast for the part of me that consumes adventure like it is truly my last great meal, (2) the notion of “il dolce far niente” which are the perfect words (in Italian – no […]

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Home at Last…

It’s been a while… again. But this time I have an incredible excuse. About a month ago my laptop died and somehow blogging seems less sexy when on the small screen of my iPhone. Oh, and I am settling into my new job and figuring out this casual carpool scenario. Oh, and I hit my […]

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Offbeat America – Stonehenge…in Texas??? with a Side of Easter!

So I love to find the offbeat things in this country, and what better place to find something offbeat than in Texas. It actually should have been too easy, and it was, but not for the reason one might think. It wasn’t something ordinary like a 15 foot tall lumberjack or peanut-shaped statue of a former president. Nope, someone […]

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Never Ending Texas…

First I know it’s been a while since I have written, have you ever had so much to say, but not been in a state of mind where you can say it… Instead of starting with the hard stuff I am writing about something easy today. Today is about Texas (I hope that is okay?) […]

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Foodie Challenge: Willie Mae’s in New Orleans

I know that I said that I wouldn’t just eat fried chicken everywhere I went, but Andrew Zimmern said that this place has the best fried chicken in America. How could I possibly pass that up?!? I arrived at 5:10PM, only to be told that they close at 5PM. I must have looked completely devastated […]

An Overlook in the Park

Road Trip: Great Smoky Mountains

It was winter, so I didn’t know what to expect. Most National Parks are visited at almost any other time of the year but winter, but as I make my way down from Ohio, I find that it is the perfect time for me. I needed a little alone time and was thankful not to be […]

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Offbeat America – 1st ever KFC

So this really shouldn’t qualify as that offbeat, except to me a museum solely dedicated to KFC seems a bit strange… Stranger still it is a working KFC restaurant as well. Talk about off the beaten path, it is located in an out of the way place in a small town (Corbin, KY). How it […]

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