Archive for the “Saturday City” Category

The Saturday City: Natchez, Mississippi

As the Southern cotton economy expanded on the back of slave labor in the early 1800s, towns designed to transport the cotton emerged on the Mississippi River: New Orleans, Memphis, Vicksburg, and Natchez. Located high on the bluffs of the Mississippi River, Natchez, Mississippi was established by French colonists in 1716. The defensible strategic location ensured that it would become a pivotal center for trade. In the middle of the 19th century, the city attracted Southern planters, who built mansions […]

The Saturday City: León

Located in northwest Nicaragua, León is a college town often overlooked by tourists who stay south near Granada, Ometepe, and the beaches. However, given that the area has so much to do, I expected a lot of tourists but instead found mostly empty hostels and few gringos wandering the streets during my visit. I’ll tell you – all those absent travelers are missing out. León, a city filled with history, delicious food, outdoor activities, volcanoes, and nearby beaches, was one of […]

The Saturday City: Austin

According to research, the phrase “Keep Austin Weird” was inspired by comments made by Red Wassenich in 2000 while giving a pledge to an Austin radio station. He later began printing bumper stickers and published a book called Keep Austin Weird: A Guide to the Odd Side of Town. Now the phrase reflects the friendly, artistic, creative and a little offbeat culture that is a haven for varying LGBT, intellectual, naturalist and environmentalist communities. Austin, the state capital of Texas, […]

The Saturday City: Portland

Portland, Oregon is a city located in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States and one too often overlooked by tourists, living in the shadow of cities like L.A., Seattle, Vegas, Chicago, or New York City. But Portland is one of America’s most unique (and liberal) cities, famous for its outdoor adventures, micro-brewed beer, green living, parks, and boutique food. My first trip here was a few years ago for Thanksgiving. While in Spain I made friends who lived […]

The Saturday City: Girona

Located in the Costa Brava region of Spain just north of Barcelona, I had the pleasure of visiting Girona when it acted as host city for this year’s European travel blogger conference. This region of Spain is not as popular as Costa del Sol or islands like Ibiza, which is good and bad. Good because there aren’t that many tourists here and it’s relatively quiet. Bad because this region is beautiful, picturesque, and filled with gorgeous coastlines that I wish […]

The Saturday City: Lisbon

As you know, I was recently in Portugal and loved every minute of it. The highlight of my trip wasn’t the scenery or the copious amounts of port wine I drank, it was the city of Lisbon. I’d always heard good things about Lisbon, but nothing could prepare me for how amazing that actually city was. I loved the gritty lived-in feeling, the friendly locals, the delicious food, the Fado music bars, the parks, the beaches, the history – I […]

The Saturday City: Macau

I love to gamble. Some people spend money on TVs, clothes, and sports tickets – I spend money at the blackjack table. Ever since I heard Macau was the biggest gaming center in the world, I’ve wanted to visit. Yes, that’s right – there is currently more money flowing in Macau than Las Vegas! Truthfully, I wanted to visit Macau before I knew that, but learning that fact only made me want to go more. Last month, on my way […]

The Saturday City: Kampot

When I first came to Cambodia in February 2007, I sped through it like The Flash because I had to reach Bangkok by March 1st to start my Thai classes. I missed a number of places, including Kampot, a tiny quiet town on the coast, south of Sihanoukville. I vowed to make it there on this trip. Kampot is a small riverside town that is mostly in bed by 11pm. It’s in stark contrast to the loud and late-night party […]

The Saturday City: Overrated Krakow

I’m just going to say it: Krakow, Poland is an overrated destination. Whenever I travel through Europe, people always ask me if I’m going to visit Krakow. “No,” I usually respond. “Ohh, you’re really missing out. It’s one of the best cities in the world,“ they reply. This year, as I finally made my way through Central and Eastern Europe, I vowed to see Krakow. All of my friends couldn’t stop raving about how amazing the city is. A friend […]

The Saturday City: Vienna

It took me three times to really see Vienna. When I first went in 2006, I was visiting friends and we didn’t do much of anything except lounge around in a park and go to a concert. The second time was to see a girl I was dating, and my time was spent with her not Vienna. However, this time I was determined to actually see the city and its historic sites. And so this visit was like visiting Vienna […]