Archive for the “Saturday City” Category

The Saturday City: San Jose

When I first went to San Jose, Costa Rica in 2003, I thought it was a grimy city. It wasn’t a place I wanted to spend a lot of time in. There was trash everywhere, the buildings were run down, and when compared to other Spanish cities, there was no post-colonial charm to be found.  After visiting the city again for a second time, I still feel the same way. San Jose isn’t a charming city. It’s still gritty. It’s […]

The Saturday City: Seattle

I associate Seattle with three things: Starbucks, music, and hippies. It’s a city filled with coffee shops where musicians and artists entertain while residents talk about saving the world. It’s a liberal city; it’s an alternative city, but it’s also a cool city. It’s clean, sits next to water and nature, and it has great food and an exciting nightlife. I expected all of these things when I went to Seattle. Over the years, I have heard people talk about […]

The Saturday City: Darwin

Back in 2007, I was traveling around Australia and landed in Darwin, the main top end town and the gateway to Kakadu and Litchfield national parks. I didn’t spend much time in Darwin while I was there, forgoing the city for the parks that surrounds it. But from what I did see, I was fascinated. The architecture seemed new and hip and the city had a youthful atmosphere to it. A few weeks ago I was back in Australia and […]

The Saturday City: Las Vegas

I like to gamble. A lot. Poker, blackjack, and, more recently, craps (though I find that game a bit boring). Given that hard truth, I’ve avoided Las Vegas my entire life. I knew any trip to Vegas would lead to lots of gambling and that the easiest way to defeat my addiction was to deny it battle. But one day I knew I would up there and, with a heavy and weary heart, last week I finally went to Las […]

The Saturday City: Stockholm

Most of the people who know me know that I love Sweden. It’s filled with beautiful landscapes, lakes, mountains, fjords, buildings, and of course people. If the country didn’t have such a harsh winter, I’d move to the capital city of Stockholm.  It’s one of the most beautiful, old-world cities I’ve ever been to. The people are nice, the city is easily walkable; it’s clean, it’s hip, and it has a great nightlife. I think what makes Stockholm so charming […]

The Saturday City: Florence

I’ve been to Florence twice. It is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. My first trip there was in 2006 and I was blown away by the small streets, the beautiful buildings, the food, and, of course, the gelato. I returned this year and found Florence just as beautiful. I wandered around parts I missed the first time and seriously pondered whether or not Florence might just be the most beautiful city on Earth. For me, Florence […]

The Saturday City: Madrid

Last year, I went to Madrid during my summer European tour. Unfortunately, my visit coincided with a bad cold and I spent most of my time bed ridden. My week in Madrid – that my week I was supposed to be spent exploring one of the greatest cities in Europe – was instead more like 5 days in bed and 2 days dragging my sick self around the city because I at least needed to see something. Madrid is famous […]

The Saturday City: Kuta

After my visit to Bali, I totally saw why so many expats move there. Bali is a beautiful, cheap, and verdant tropical island worthy of everything that is written about it. If it had better Internet and ended those rolling blackouts, I would move there. Except not for Kuta beach. Kuta beach is the tourist mecca of Bali. Once you leave Kuta and then the smaller tourist areas of Ubud and the Gili Islands, there are so few tourists you […]

The Saturday City: Auckland

Auckland isn’t one of my favorite cities in the world. That doesn’t mean it’s a bad city. I just find it to be quite boring- it’s a business city lacking the character of Wellington or Queenstown. I think living in Auckland would be great. It’s a beautiful city, there are a lot of parks around, and you can drive to beautiful beaches. As a tourist though, I found the city lackluster. There are a few things to do here but […]

The Saturday City: Cairns

Cairns is Australia’s gateway to northern Queensland. From here you can visit the Great Barrier Reef, the Daintree rainforest, the Atherton tablelands, Cape Tribulation, and much more. Cairns is a pretty typical tropical city in that life focuses here on relaxing, staying cool, moving slowly, and enjoying nature. Cairns is small with a population of about 120,000 with a city center encompassing a few streets of shops, restaurants, and bars. Despite it being overly touristy, I liked Cairns. It’s easy […]