Tag Archives: travel

Dec
5
2012

Forget Brennivin, Pass Me a Beer

For a country roughly the size of Ohio with a population of 319, 000, Iceland packs a big punch in a relatively small package (you can drive the perimeter of the country in 24 hours if you don’t stop). Dubbed the “land of fire and ice” for its many volcanoes and glaciers, the landscape can quickly change from lava-strewn fields to grassy plains to ice fields in a matter of kilometers.

The capital, Reykjavik, is now one of my favorite European cities, combining a distinctive sense of history with an angst-free hipster feel. Easily explored on foot, a perfect day could consist of wandering from a coffee shop down to the harbor, visiting one of the naturally heated public pools and then enjoying an Icelandic hot dog before a bit of live music. And, of course, there is the beer.

For

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Aug
7
2012

Overland & Oatmeal – a trip through Kansas.

It’s a truth universally acknowledged that if you’re on a road trip that takes you through Kansas, you drive as fast as you can (under the speed limit, of course) and try to stop as little as possible.

Kansas is a big (flat) state, though, and I-70 stretches inexorably into the horizon. If you decide to stop in Kansas on your overland journey, make sure to stop in Hays.

If fatigue hasn’t robbed you of your eyesight, you’ll see a billboard advertising Gella’s Diner and Lb Brewing Company maybe 30 miles outside of Hays. It’s the only hint you’ll have that this gem is hiding in downtown Hays.

Located in the Chestnut Street District, a downtown revitalization effort, the building is a find in and of itself. Once hidden behind an aluminum façade, the restaurant

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