Author Archives: Ken

Under Istanbul

I’m following James Bond around Istanbul again. In true Her Majesty’s Secret Service fashion, I’ve given Karen the slip and descended into the shadows… beyond the prying eyes of the masses… into hidden subterranean caverns. Caverns that have a cafe and gift … Continue reading

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You say Sophia, I say Sofya…

May 14, 2014 All right, this feels like cheating. I’m used to slogging miles from site to site while on vacation. Finally arriving at the museum/palace/ruin is like coming upon an oasis in the desert. Helps us burn off that tasty … Continue reading

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Top(kapi) of the World

May 12, 2014 Istanbul is huge. Sprawling. One of the biggest cities in the world. Looking at a map back in Milwaukee, it was hard to envision the scale of the place. Which is why I was surprised to discover that our … Continue reading

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Do I Know You?

Well, that was pretty cool. Taking a break from sifting through Turkey photos (yes, I know how far behind I am on that), Karen and I went to watch a bike race: the local stop of the Tour of America’s Dairyland. As … Continue reading

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Next Stop: Turkey

May 8, 2014 We’d never flown Turkish Airlines before. A few weeks before the flight, I called their Chicago customer service line to confirm our seats. From the ruckus in the background of the conversation, I swear I was connected … Continue reading

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Toilets: Belize Edition

We traveled to Belize just after the Winter Olympics in Russia. Do you remember the furor that erupted as journalists arrived in Sochi and found nothing but problems, like hotels that weren’t finished, water that wasn’t drinkable, and manholes that … Continue reading

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Snorkeling with Stingrays

When I’m not diving with hawksbills, I’m snorkeling with Karen. We knew there would be plenty to see from the surface, but we weren’t expecting stingray-on-stingray action. Is it getting hot in here?  

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Carnaval de Belize

Our trip to Belize happened to coincide with Carnaval. All right, actually, we specifically booked it so we’d be in San Pedro on Fat Tuesday. Carnaval in a Latin America? You’re probably thinking of music, dancing, and drag queens. Right … Continue reading

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Belizians Beaneath the Sea

With its mucky beaches and mangy stray dogs, San Pedro wasn’t put on this earth for tourists seeking pristine white sands. This place is all about diving. Along the beach, just about every third building houses a dive operation- some … Continue reading

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La Isla Bonita

“I had a dream of San Pedro…” Yup, this is that San Pedro, the one Madonna dreamed about in 1987. We split our Belize trip down the middle, opting to spend half our time on the mainland (Mayan ruins!) and … Continue reading

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