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I didn’t know that the Hollywood Walk of Fame concept extended to RockWalk of Fame at the Guitar Center on Sunset Boulevard. Right there in front of the doors to the Guitar Center are the hand prints of rock legends, icons of the music industry who left an imprint on the world with their music […]
The deafening roar of the crowd filled my ears as the UNC Tar Heels made their way out onto the basketball court. In a line they stride out from the dressing room, showing visibly the adrenalin rushing through their bodies Read more >
Hermosa Beach. The ‘beautiful’ beach as it translates from Spanish. There’s not many areas in LA I would call beautiful, but Hermosa is definitely one. It’s not a place you will find hordes of backpackers, the majority that come here Read more >
Sitting down on the stained cement curb or worn bench overlooking a market is one of my favorite places to hang out in a foreign country – and not because I like the burning scent of urine that floats up from below, unwelcome but eternally present, or even necessarily the view of the market, busy […]
Today is July 4th, the day Americans celebrate their independence from Britain way back in 1776.  But what does this really mean for me? I’m not American and my country has not yet achieved their independence from Britain. However, this Read more >
“Did you hear they’ve finally got the name right, Hal? Callin’ it by it proper name now ‘Bow-fort’ instead of ‘Bew-fort’ like they do down there in South Carolina.” The gray-haired lady, blue apron covering her flowered dress, sat in Read more >
Travel Memories: Colorful Graffiti on Telegraph Ave in California I spotted this fenced off, overgrown and relatively desolate former park on one of the most touristed streets in Berkeley, California. Telegraph Avenue. Telegraph Ave played a part in the counter-culture of the 60s as a home for runaways around the US but is now essentially […]
I’m a chocoholic. That is a fact of life I have come to accept; if there is any choice between cake, hard-candies, or really any sweet and chocolate—chocolate wins by a landslide. Now, in all that lead-up, I have to admit that I betrayed my love-affair with chocolate for the saltwater taffy of Northern California […]
I came across a tweet today mentioning something I felt was really sad. Nomadic Matt mentioned how much he disliked it when Americans put Canadian flags on their backpacks, trying to deny their nationality. I’m shocked by the reality of Read more >
Living as an expat in a foreign country provides you with many excuses to get out and experience the flavor of your local culture. In Raleigh, an annual excuse or event  we love to participate in is the Raleigh Beerfest. Read more >

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Using Pre-paid Travel Money Cards

My brother first told me about prepaid travel money cards a couple of years ago. He and his wife used a cash passport for their year long trip through South America and raved about how easy and convenient it was. Read more >