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It’s all about the green sauce

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I met up with Nate, a friend from college who has been living in Frankfurt for quite a while. I had been enjoying the international food options in Frankfurt, but I couldn’t leave the city without trying some traditional German food.

Nate introduced me to some Frankfurt specialties in a traditional More >

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5 things that surprised me about Frankfurt

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I have not read much about Frankfurt being a tourist destination.

I decided to visit because a good friend from college moved there temporarily for work.  What better reason to visit a European city?

She told me it is a pleasant city and offers easy access to some tourist hot spots More >

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Bonding over food, culture, and philosophy in Frankfurt

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When I contacted eat-the-world, I was expecting a food tour through a pleasant neighborhood.

What I got was a most enjoyable afternoon discussing the important things in life — food, history, culture, politics, values, and passions — with an incredible woman from Frankfurt.

Frankfurt Food and More >
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Creativity, diversity, and community in the streets of Amsterdam

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I love cities that exude creativity, energy, diversity, and community.

Amsterdam definitely has those values.  There are two places I start when exploring a new place.  The first is food culture.  The second is art.

To me street art is the most accessible art.

And after learning so much about the More >

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I love how much the Dutch love cheese

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The Netherlands is the second most cheese eating country.

Each person consumes 20 kilos per year.  That’s 44 pounds!

I believe the country would be happy to adopt me as I would contribute to pushing them into the number one spot.  Perhaps if I decide to move there, I will put that on my visa More >

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Street Food of Amsterdam

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There are so many things I love about Amsterdam, and food is near the top of the list.

I look for food tours in every city I visit, honing in on the ones that appear to care a lot about the role food plays in a culture.

I met Zosia at a cute cafe near the Albert Cuyp Market, the largest street More >

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Great tulip expectations

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The main reason for my day trip to Keukenhof was to photograph the surrounding bulb fields. I had seen photos like this and wanted the opportunity to capture my own.

Photo provided by Keukenhof

 

When my friend and I arrived, we went straight to the bike rentals just outside the entrance. The staff More >

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Tulipomania

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Yes, that is a word.

 

Tulipomania was a period in the Dutch Golden Age when people had an obsession with tulips, and prices became excessive leading to what is generally considered the first recorded economic bubble burst.

Tulipomania is still a thing in The Netherlands – the obsession part, not More >

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Lost in Amsterdam

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I have been in Amsterdam for three days, and while I fell in love immediately, I was also a little frustrated.

I have never been so lost in all of my life.

 

When I arrived on a Sunday morning, I immediately set out on a bike from my Oud West apartment rental to go to the tourism office across from More >

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Photography 101: Black and white at night

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I love black and white photography.

 

However, I have rarely converted my own photos to black and white.  I found it difficult to “see” which photos would look best without the distraction of color.

Monochrome forces the photographer to focus on the building blocks of a quality photo:  texture, More >

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