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Discovering Weird Wisconsin

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Earlier this summer, we learned that besides cheese, Wisconsin offers stellar tuba concerts and frigid films – a pretty strange combination. But as if that’s not weird enough, the state is now home to another quirky attraction. Ever wanted to see Orson Welles’s original typed script for Citizen Kane? Or how about a drinking glass…

Thinking Inside the Box

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Sometimes I joke that with the high cost of living in D.C., I might someday end up living in a cardboard box. But it turns out my corrugated fantasy might not be so far-fetched: With the opening of a new hotel in Uxbridge, travelers to England can now stay in their own box—a chic, sustainable,…

Mexican Home Cooking

While researching Mexican food for Traveler’s “Mexico: 50 Discoveries” supplement, IT blogger Kristen Gunderson not only developed massive enchilada cravings, but she also became smitten with the Mexican Home Cooking school, a place that allows vacationers a true taste of authentic Mexico. Visitors – of any culinary skill level – can spend a week in…

Cave Art in Crisis

The world-famous bulls, horses, and reindeer in France’s Lascaux cave have survived in pristine condition for 17,000 years, but they may be history soon. Priceless cave art in different parts of the world is suffering from the inadvertent actions of tourists who come to see it, and officials are struggling to find solutions. In southern…

Seeing the Maine Attraction

When I think of Maine, I first think of lobster. And cold. So when a ticket to Maine appeared in my inbox, courtesy of my mother, I wondered what could possibly be behind it. Turns out, Maine has a lot more to offer during the warmer months (particularly in the realm of lobster). Over the…

A Taste of Oz

Last week, I took a trip to Australia while waiting for my lunch to heat up in the microwave. Standing in the NG cafeteria, I noticed with surprise the package the man next to me was holding. “Oh my gosh, you have Tim Tams!” My new friend grinned and revealed to me that he got…