Guilty until proven innocent?

When I arrived back in the States after 20 months in Europe, I had no way of getting a hold of my dad to tell him my flight had arrived at the airport and I was through security. I hadn’t planned ahead so I didn’t have any American dollars to call from a phone booth. I decided to do what I had done many times with a language barrier but without hassle. I decided to borrow someone’s phone to call him.
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My Rick Steves book contribution

Perhaps my luck in the travel world started from birth. I grew up a few hours from Edmonds, just north of Seattle, the home of Rick Steves’ Europe Through the Back Door where hundreds of travellers and like-minded individuals work tirelessly to constantly update and improve guidebooks for those who want to enjoy Europe on a budget.
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Passport infatuation

I like my passport.

No, I love my passport.

I’m kind infatuated with my passport. When I see it, I get all giddy and excited and I just want to leave. Somewhere. It doesn’t matter where.

My passport has never let me down, it’s always by my side and it gives a stamp-by-stamp summary of the past few years of my life. It’s basically awesome.

If I don’t have it with me, I feel a slight panic until I realise I’m home and don’t need it with me.

It’s my perfect travel companion and going abroad without it would be impossible.

Recently my passport has changed and my feelings are mixed.
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Cheer for the local team! Following sports while travelling

‘Go Canucks! Go!’ is what I was thinking a few weeks ago. No, I’m not Canadian, but visiting Vancouver on a hockey game day meant I had to cheer for the Canucks in their play-offs. I don’t really care about sports or even who wins. As long as it’s a good match, I’m fine with it. But while traveling, sometimes watching a sports match is the most authentic and unique cultural experience you can have! Just be sure to cheer for the right team.
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Book review: French Women Don’t Get Fat by Mireille Guiliano

French women must have magical powers. It seems they are somehow able to eat and drink whatever they want and still stay thin and healthy.

In French Women Don’t Get Fat: The Secret of Eating for Pleasure, author Mireille Guiliano helps us understand their secret of enjoying local, seasonal and delicious food while still staying healthy and happy.

With spring approaching and summer on the horizon, it’s a good time to learn from the French and not go on a diet but change your eating habits for good.
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My first published article – Turkish hospitality: a non-Muslim’s discovery

I recently wrote an article for called Turkish hospitality: a non-Muslim’s discovery about my time in Turkey and the wonderful hospitality I experienced there.

I’m really excited about this new opportunity to write for and I hope you read my article and enjoy it.

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