Audio Slideshow: Northwest Argentina, Road Trip Style

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Some places are best suited to road trips. They speak: move at your own pace, get lost, stop off in small towns, have the flexibility to enjoy whatever experiences might come your way.The area around Salta and Jujuy in northwest Argentina is one such chunk of perfect road trip territory. Listen and watch the audio slideshow below to find out why. … [Read more...]

7 Tips for Learning Foreign Languages on the Road

I am not a linguist, so when people find out that I am conversant in five foreign languages (French, Estonian, Czech, Russian, and Spanish) – most of which I’ve picked up on the fly instead of through formal study – they often ask me how I do it.I don’t have a “get rich quick” secret for learning how to speak a new language. It can be challenging, humbling, and … [Read more...]

Panorama of the Week: Medieval Old Town Tallinn at Night

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Before we backpacked around Europe in 2000, I got my hands on a used copy of Rick Steves' "Europe Through the Back Door." (If you are inclined to do so, don't hold it against me. I was young and impressionable; it was the only English language travel book available.)Estonia's capital city, Tallinn, was described as having "a frosted cake feel." Sure, the old town … [Read more...]

Travel Photography: The Fuzzy Area Between Iconic and Cliché

So their eyes are growing hazy 'cos they wanna turn it on, so their minds are soft and lazy.  Well, hey, give 'em what they want. -- Natalie Merchant (10,000 Maniacs) in "Candy Everybody Wants"Have you ever come across a photo in a magazine or on another website and thought: "Hey, that's my photo!"?We were poking around BBC Travel the other day and came … [Read more...]

Argentine Food:  Steak, Empanadas, Pizza, Pasta, Repeat

When I think about my first contact with the concept of Argentine cuisine, I recall a discussion twelve years ago with an unassuming foodie friend in San Francisco.“I bet the food in Argentina is great!” I offered with blind optimism as visions of gauchos stepping to a tango beat danced in my head.  Argentina seemed so damn far away; therefore the food must be … [Read more...]