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Queenstown, New Zealand: Bring extra underwear

You say resort, and I think of beaches, pools, Swedish restaurants in Spain, Finnish bars In Turkey, and hotel after hotel after hotel. I certainly didn’t think of serene mountain scenery, cool crisp air, and adventure sports where half the experience is the nature around you. After my visit to Queenstown on New Zealand’s South [...]

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Canberra: Flowers try to bring life to deserted city

There are only two reasons to go to Canberra, the capital city of Australia. Government business is one. Floriade, the annual month-long flower festival, is the other. Hoping for anything else is asking for disappointment, they told me. Were they right?

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Train to Canberra: Syringes welcome

What can a train ride between Sydney and Canberra teach us about Australia? That it’s big. And that everybody gets a fair go. Even intravenous drug users and wallabies.

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Canada: Eastern must-sees in a week

The great country of Canada is best seen in regional chunks. Visit Montreal’s botanical gardens, Toronto’s underground shopping malls, and the Niagara Falls in a relaxed week of travel.

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Czech Republic: Babies crawling on TV towers, none on castles

My first time kayaking. My first subway fine. And my first and probably only baby-decorated TV mast. All this and more on my first visit to the former East Bloc. And I was plenty impressed.

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