Category: Travel

Exploring Sagrada Familia and La Rambla in Barcelona

October 2017 marked my third trip to Barcelona, Spain. For this excursion, I produced a series of stories for Twin Cities Live (KSTP-TV, ABC) showcasing the best of the Western Mediterranean. On this journey, I was lucky to travel with three people who never experienced Barcelona before: Twin Cities Live co-host Steve Patterson, his wife,

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Meeting the Barbary macaques in Gibraltar

I traveled with Twin Cities Live co-host Steve Patterson, photographer Seth, Steve’s wife, Lu, and 40 Twin Cities Live viewers on a 11-night Mediterranean cruise. It truly was the trip of a lifetime. One highlight was meeting the Barbary macaques in the British territory of Gibraltar. They get real friendly. After watching the video, click

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Wisconsin, Unplugged: “Water Meets the Soul” in Bayfield and on Madeline Island

First featured in Lavender Magazine September 14, 2017 A summer’s weekend at your college friend’s parents’ cabin can be a blast. For starters, there’s sleeping six to a room, cooking your own meals, washing all those dishes…oh, and there’s no air conditioning. Folks, it’s time to start a new tradition. Bayfield, Wisconsin is four hours

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What you should know before visiting Minneapolis

Minneapolis, the largest city in Minnesota, gets a bad rap. It’s considered ‘flyover worthy’ by some and ‘too cold’ by others. Despite the stereotypes, the city is winning bids to host big events. Super Bowl LII arrives to U.S. Bank Stadium in February 2018. ESPN’s X Games are in the middle of a two-year run

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The can’t-miss activity in New York City that won’t peg you as a tourist

The list of iconic, must-visit spots in New York City runs long: there’s Central Park and Times Square, of course. You can’t forget about The Stonewall Inn and a trip to Harold Square to see the world’s largest store (by the way, that Macy’s is big enough to keep THREE Starbucks in business). There’s no

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ASAPtown: Why a Trip to the Tip of Cape Cod is a Must

Originally printed in Lavender Magazine June 8, 2017 Provincetown, Massachusetts holds a pivotal part in America’s history. It was there that pilgrims made their first landing (yep, not Plymouth) back in 1620. In the 20th century, it served as a getaway for the LGBT community. Its role was to be a town where individuals could be themselves

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4 essentials to pack for your next vacation

I have traveled by myself, in a 15-passenger van on a youth mission trip and as a chaperone of elementary kids on a tour overseas. With every trip, my packing list gets more and more defined. Here are four items I can’t forget in my suitcase. A portable phone charger I wouldn’t know what to

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Talking about the men of Ptown with Miss Richfield 1981

While in Provincetown, make sure to strap on your favorite Walgreens brand nylons, stir up a hot cup of Sanka coffee and see one of Minnesota’s most-famous beauty queens take the stage. For 15 years, Miss Richfield 1981 has brought her show (and glamour) to Ptown. And she’s a big deal out there. I asked her

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