Everything Everywhere is one of Time’s Best Blogs of 2010

If you haven’t heard already, my little travel blog was named as one of the 25 best blogs in the world by Time today. This is far and away the most flattering thing which has ever happened to me since I started this site. I’m listed along side other mega sites like Engadget, PostSecrets, Zen Habits and Roger Ebert.

Today has been totally crazy with people emailing me and sending me Tweets of congratulations. I think it may also open up a bunch of other doors for me, but I won’t know about that until later.

I will confess that I had a sneaking suspicion that this might happen. I was contacted by the writer Steven Snyder last week via Twitter about coming into to their offices on Wednesday when I was in New York for TBEX. In the end, he didn’t need me to come and and just said something cryptic like “Wait until Monday. You’ll be very pleased.” Continue reading “Everything Everywhere is one of Time’s Best Blogs of 2010”

Off to New York!

New York Stock ExchangeIn about 12 hours I’m off to New York for my first real trip away from Wisconsin since I flew back from Spain to be with my dad. I’d be lying if I didn’t say I was ambivalent about going. My dad is doing better, but he’s far from being out of the woods. He is still in intensive care, but isn’t hooked up to any major life support. His kidneys have started functioning again, he can go most of the day without being hooked up to the ventilator, he is off his blood pressure medication and starting physical therapy. He can move his hands and feet somewhat, but he’s been in bed for almost two months.

However, he is going to need heart valve surgery at some point. The hope is the rest of his body recovers enough to have the surgery before it is too late for him to get the surgery.

The last month has been the closest to a normal routine I’ve had in several years. I wake up, do stuff online, drive 15 miles into town to the hospital and take over from my mom who is there early in the morning to mid-afternoon. I usually stay here until 7pm which is when the ICU has their shift change and they don’t allow visitors from 7-8pm. Continue reading “Off to New York!”

Kosrae Village and Ecolodge

I am not being paid anything for this post. I will not receive any sort of commission. In fact they have no idea I’m writing this. I’m not even sure if they remember me or my visit.

Restaurant at the Kosrae Village Ecolodge
Restaurant at the Kosrae Village Ecolodge
I am always asked for suggestions on where to travel. Everyone wants to find some place which is undiscovered and not overrun by tourists. There aren’t many of these places left, but they do exist. In fact I always recommend one place to people: the Federated States of Micronesia.

Not only is Micronesia not overrun with tourists, it probably never will be. It is a very difficult place to get to and there is only one airline that flies there. The end points of the flight are in Hawaii and Guam which are tourist destinations in their own right, so Micronesia will never get many tourists. I don’t know if any any island in Micronesia has more than 100 beds.

I also don’t talk about hotels much on my blog. I do have a personal list of favorite places I’ve stayed while traveling, but I’ve never shared that list with anyone. Continue reading “Kosrae Village and Ecolodge”

Visiting Refugees in Bangkok

This guest post was written by Jodi Ettenberg who blogs at LegalNomads.com. Jodi is one of the most accomplished travelers I’ve met in the last three years. She left her job as an attorney in New York City to pursue her dream of traveling. I met Jodi in Bangkok in 2010 and visited the Immigration Detention Center in Bangkok with her several times.

I have been in Bangkok for several months now, and like many other transplants, I only planned on staying a week, maybe two. Though I had ample opportunity to visit Thailand’s capital as I criss-crossed Southeast Asia, I never truly felt at home here and, in looking for a place to plant myself for a few months, I expected to end up in Chiang Mai or Kuala Lumpur. However, after a glorious six weeks in Burma, I returned to Bangkok in time to meet with a large group of fellow Tweeters, most of whom were either travelers in transit or ex-pats who had made Bangkok their home. They were a great group of energetic, fascinating people, and their creativity and enthusiasm made me want to make Bangkok my temporary home too. Among them was Dwight Turner, behind the incredible organization In Search of Sanuk, which seeks to alleviate urban poverty here in Bangkok.
Continue reading “Visiting Refugees in Bangkok”

Palau de la Música Catalana and Hospital de Sant Pau, Barcelona

UNESCO World Heritage Site #115: Palau de la Música Catalana and Hospital de Sant Pau, Barcelona
Palau de la Música Catalana and Hospital de Sant Pau, Barcelona: My 115th UNESCO World Heritage Site

From the World Heritage inscription for the Palau de la Música Catalana and Hospital de Sant Pau, Barcelona:

These are two of the finest contributions to Barcelona’s architecture by the Catalan art nouveau architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner. The Palau de la Música Catalana is an exuberant steel-framed structure full of light and space and decorated by many of the leading designers of the day. The Hospital de Sant Pau is equally bold in its design and decoration, while at the same time perfectly adapted to the needs of the sick.

The building in the photo is of the Hospital de Sant Pau, which is only a few blocks away from the Sagrada Familia at the other end of Gaudi Avenue. If you are visiting Barcelona, it is well worth your time to take the walk to visit the Hospital de Sant Pau. It was under reconstruction when I was there but should be open to the public sometime in 2011.


The Palau de la Música Catalana and Hospital de Sant Pau is a property that is listed as one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Spain. Both of these sites are located in Barcelona within the province of Catalonia in Spain. Just like the Works of Antoni Gaudi, both of these buildings that are designed by Architect Lluis Domenech i Montaner are considered Art Nouveau masterpieces.

The site was inscribed into the UNESCO list in 1997 for its cultural significance.

Palau de la Música Catalana

Palau de la Música Catalana is a concert hall located in Barcelona, Spain. This building was designed and created by famed modernist style architect, Lluis Domenech I Montaner. The concert wall was built in the early 20th century for a choral society named Orfeo Catala. This society was founded in 1891 and has been one of the prime pieces in the cultural movement in Catalan.

The project was initially funded by the government until the wealthy folks in Barcelona also made important financial contributions to the project. Architect Lluis Domenech I Montaner has won an award for his creation of this concert hall. To this day, this concert hall is still in use for musical performances and has an annual gate attendance of more than 500,000 people.

The design of Palau de la Musica Catalana exhibits the Catalan modernism architectural style. Curves are used liberally into the design of this building instead of the typical straight lines.

Hospital de Sant Pau

Palau de la Música Catalana and Hospital de Sant Pau

The Hospital de Sant Pau, also known as Hospital of the Holy Cross and Saint Paul, is a neighborhood in Barcelona, Spain. This complex was built in the early 20th century and is another work of Catalan modernism architect Lluis Domenech i Montaner. It is recognized as a UNESCO world heritage site along with another building Barcelona, Palau de la Musica Catalana.

When it was built in the early 1900s, it was open as a hospital and it was no longer open to the public in 2009. A new hospital opened right next door to Hospital de Sant Pau in 2014. After 2009, it underwent a restoration process and converted into a cultural center and museum.

View the complete list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Spain.

View the list of all of the UNESCO World Heritage sites I have visited on my travels.

Last updated: Aug 1, 2017 @ 9:05 pm