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New Shoes

IN THE March 25 ISSUE

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Ted was never one to spend a lot of money on his clothes. He had a pair of sandals that he had purchased from a bin at Safeway before we left on our worldwide trip. The soles had once had ridges which had worn off years before. They now were flat and slick.

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Strange Things We Saw While Traveling

IN THE March 4 ISSUE

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We entered Turkey at the end of January and began our tour of the country. The first thing we needed to do was buy some groceries. Ahead was a mall that looked like any mall in the world. We found a place to park and entered to find the grocery store. The first thing I noticed was the store windows covered in red Valentine hearts. Another window had men’s jockey shorts covered in red hearts and red Xs, and risqué red panties with black ribbons and little gold hearts hanging from a bow.

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Snow in Greece

IN THE January 21 ISSUE

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“Where are we?” Ted asked.
“I don’t know.” I answered. We were driving through the large Greek city of Petras, and the road signs were big and legible. However, they were written using Greek letters mixed with English letters. I was completely lost. Finally, he spotted a sign pointing our way out of the city.

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The Night in the Airport

IN THE December 31 ISSUE

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We visited Peru, walked Macho Pichu and the streets of Cusco and Lima, and fought dysentery. We had been traveling for ten years, some time in motorhomes, some time in trains, cars, and planes. Now we were tired and depleted. We flew from Lima to Bogota, on our way to Mexico, where we were to live for the next six years.

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Camping

IN THE November 5 ISSUE

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“Let’s go camping.” my husband, Bob, said.
Visions of families around campfires flashed through my mind. Stories of camping families were everywhere. Why should we be different? It is almost un-American to deprive ourselves of the fun of camping. “Sure, I’d love to,” I replied. I would learn to regret those words.

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Ten Cool Things You Don’t Know About Anchorage

IN THE November 5 ISSUE

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by John Holman



You probably know that 40 percent of Alaskans call it home, and that it’s about 260 miles southwest of No See Um. We highlighted our 10 favorite things to do in Anchorage with an earlier post, but since then, we’ve been thinking. What you don’t know about Anchor Town is just as interesting as the things that we all love about the place.

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Bolivian Salt Flats

IN THE September 3 ISSUE

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We researched the best way to visit the famous Bolivian Salt Flats. They start from a little town in Chile, San Pedro de Atacama.
We took a bus to San Pedro and found a small hotel, which made the arrangements. “Just stand by the adobe wall at 6:30 tomorrow morning and they will pick you up for the trip,” the manager at the hotel said.

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by Christina Morgan Cree



Bookshop Santa Cruz is a locally owned and operated independent book seller since 1966. It’s a Santa Cruz favorite, a hub of literary activity and community events, and has provided the standard for other independent book sellers. They offer new and used books, a large magazine collection, cards and gifts, and host events that feature both local and national authors.

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A Zanzibar Travel Adventure

IN THE May 28 ISSUE

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The train from Zambia back to Dar es Salaam passed through another animal reserve. We watched giraffes race along on one side of the car, and on the other, a herd of antelope. The car we were in was filled with tourists, and all of us were crowded at the windows, trying to film the galloping animals. The work strike between the train and the dining room personnel had not yet been settled, but this time we brought enough food to see us through.

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The Top of the World Travel Adventure

IN THE April 9 ISSUE

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We were in Darjeeling, India for the week between Christmas and New Years day. High up in the mountains where the British used to go to escape the heat in the summer, it was now freezing. The fog was thick and the sun hadn’t peeked through the clouds for a whole week.

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Tazara Express

IN THE March 5 ISSUE

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“What do you mean? We have to go home.” I thought I had misunderstood the man behind the desk and the custom office.
We had popped over to Tanzania for the weekend, expecting to return to our apartment in Nairobi on Monday. Now the officials at the border were telling us that we would either have to return home, go to Somalia, or to Zambia before we could return for another six months. The first two choices were out, so we thought, ‘Why not?’ Zambia and the Victoria Falls it is.

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I Broke my Leg in the Jungle

IN THE February 20 ISSUE

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“I broke my leg,” my husband, Ted said as he crawled up the step in the motor home.
“Oh no! How do you know?” I said.
“I heard it snap as I landed on it. I had just stepped into the jungle when my foot slipped out,” he replied.

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The Ben Lomond Baking Company

IN THE January 23 ISSUE

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by Joelle Dingman


If you’re meandering through the California redwoods, making your way up Highway 9, you’ll eventually find yourself in the small, but charming town of Ben Lomond. There you’ll find numerous delightful and unique businesses, and in the heart of this quaint town you’ll find a wonderful Italian bakery nestled into the architecture of this iconic town in the beautiful and rustic valley.

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Africa and the ATM

IN THE January 9 ISSUE

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“Your transaction cannot be completed.” The ATM machine refused to spit out any money. “Why?” I whined to the clerk at the store.
“You need a local account,” she responded.

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New Years 2002 Sicily

IN THE December 26 ISSUE

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Another holiday season, and the shops were full of gifts and magnificent candies or cookies. We were driving in southern Italy and crossed to Sicily on a ferry, two days before Christmas.

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Small World: Italian Travel Adventure

IN THE November 7 ISSUE

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My husband and I were visiting Venice, Italy with our little dog, Sherman, and a friend from the USA, Joyce. Hunger drove us to explore some side streets in search of a light lunch which wouldn’t require a bank loan to pay.

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by Christina Morgan Cree



Chocolate and I have a love affair that goes back as far as I can remember. From my first cake, to the time when I was five and my mom had to restrict my Hershey bar intake to one a day because I just couldn’t handle myself. All the way through to adulthood I didn’t go a day without chocolate.

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by Maria Ruiz



I was on a trip with an older friend. We had ridden the train from the Pacific Coast up the Copper Canyon and from there, flown to Mexico City. The weather was warm without being too hot to enjoy walking around in the afternoon.

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