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Europe on Five Wrong Turns a Day

 

 

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Offbeat history and life lessons from the beaten path

gets lost

1.  The Old Ba' Game

 

2.  Seven Travel Rules From a Brooding Teenager

 

3.  Notes From a Very Small Midwestern Island

Selected Stories

PUBLICATIONS INCLUDE:

 

Travel + Leisure (forthcoming)

National Geographic Traveler

Newsday

Conde Nast Traveler's Daily Traveler blog

San Francisco Chronicle

Minneapolis Star Tribune

WorldHum.com

Onion AV Club

The Morning News

AOL Travel

Vita.mn

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

American Lifestyle

American Bungalow

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A Moveable Feast: Life-Changing Food Adventures Around the World (Lonely Planet anthology, 2010)

 

 

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Go Your Own Way

The recent ho-hum reaction to the purchase and ensuing buyback of Frommer’s obscures one key fact: Guidebooks are creators of social change. A defense of their place in the literary canon. >> published in The Morning News

 

The Real Me

The internet is an unrelenting enabler of our flaws and an unforgiving archive of them—so should you google your new love interest, or hold off? And what if they google you first? A true tale of dating in the internet age.  >> published in The Morning News

 

Copenhagen on Two Wheels

Fact: You haven't really seen the Danish capital city until you've done it the local way: by bike.  >> published in Newsday

 

The Deep-Fried Bliss of the State Fair

The state fair is a deep-fried, neon-lit, whiz-bang ritual of Middle America. Come along as we tour three of the best.  >> published in Newsday

 

Seven Travel Rules From a Brooding Teenager

The American Adolescent Male can learn a lot about travel during a trip to see Scotland and its piles of rocks.  >> published on World Hum

 

The Anne Frank House and the Jaded Backpacker

I still believe that tourists are really good at heart.  >> published in the San Francisco Chronicle

 

The Old Ba' Game

The charming and true tale of a rugby-like game involving 200 Scottish men, a barricaded town, and a custom-made leather ball that may or may not symbolize a severed head. Fun for the whole family . . . really.  >> published in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel

 

Confessions of a Chicken Man

Yeah, I’m missing out by not eating weevil soup or some such local specialty. I know. Pass the chicken, please.  >> published on World Hum

 

Notes From Nicollet Island

The true story of an enchanted island in the shadow of downtown Minneapolis's skyscrapers. Featuring nefarious hucksters, rabble-rousing hippies, and two feral donkeys. >> published in the Onion AV Club

 

Not-So-Flattering Views of Famous Landmarks

[AUDIO SLIDESHOW]  I take bad pictures. And by "bad," I mean gritty and honest and otherwise not quite postcard-worthy.  >>  As seen on WorldHum.com

 

What Can You Still See in Paris on $5 a Day?

 [AUDIO SLIDESHOW]  Notes and photos from my attempt to see the City of Light using only a 45-year-old copy of Europe on Five Dollars a Day. Things didn't always work out so well.  >> as seen on WorldHum.com

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