Italia Nord, Italia Sud, and the Trains that Unite Them

Italy is a strange and wonderful country. It is at once hopelessly inefficient, exasperating, and unfathomable. Its regions are fiercely independent and culturally alien to each other. I had lunch ...

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Finding My Roots in Eastern Poland

My mother was born in West Prussia in 1941. It was then part of Germany, but on 18 January 1945 the family received an “evacuation order” to flee the approaching ...

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In Brazil, Don’t Always Trust Your Guidebook

weather is hot in Rio de Janeiro and you have already been to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain to see the the Christ statue, the way to escape the heat ...

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What It’s Like to Spend New Year’s in Rio de Janeiro

There is something pretty amazing about being somewhere else on New Year’s Eve. Last year, it was Bangkok. On a balmy evening, I was on the river at the Oriental ...

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The Day Mandela Came to Town

[photo: BBC] It was a day in July a few years ago and one that had me jumping on a train from my home town in the Midlands, direction: London, ...

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The #1 Way to Get Around Amsterdam

Train travel is so good in Europe. I needed to be in Amsterdam around 1 o’clock from Paris. The Thalys train leaves from the Gare du Nord and takes just ...

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Crossing the Green Line in Cyprus

The most interesting part of Cyprus is without a doubt the crossing of the demarcation line; the so called “Green Line.” We rented a car (you have to either take ...

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A Comedy of Errors on the Gatwick Express

It was a Sunday and I needed to get to London Gatwick Airport from the center of London. No problems. The Gatwick Express arrives every 15 minutes and takes 30 ...

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A World Traveler Visits Las Vegas for the First-Time

I had never been to Las Vegas before. In fact, I feel that I must be the only person in my office and probably one of the few people in ...

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My First Attempt at Making a Soufflé à Paris

One of the noticeable differences when travelling on an ACIS trip is the number of interactive and fun activities on each trip. These have really become some of the greatest ...

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