Atlas Obscura, Travel Guide to the Wonderful and Weird

I recently discovered the website Atlas Obscura, run by a group of dedicated travelers passionate for the weird, the forgotten, the unacknowledged and the almost-unbelievable.  Aside from allowing users to create profiles with maps of all the places they’ve been and bucket lists of the things they’ve yet to see, it’s a great platform forContinue reading “Atlas Obscura, Travel Guide to the Wonderful and Weird”

SummerJazz in Hilden, Germany

Less than an hour after leaving Dublin, I walked downstairs at the Blue Note in Hilden, Germany, to hear the incredibly talented Richard bending time in a drum solo.   I was with Matthias Spruch and Pete de Haan, of the Dortmund-based funk collective Blue Elephant, who had come to Hilden for the annual weeklong jazzContinue reading “SummerJazz in Hilden, Germany”

Two Years After Dortmund

This article was originally published in the Sept. 2012 edition of Forever Young Magazine, two months after I’d returned from my first trip to Buffalo’s sister city, Dortmund, Germany.  I’ll be heading back to Dortmund in Aug. 2014 to revisit the friends I made there.  I thought this would be an appropriate time, then, to lookContinue reading “Two Years After Dortmund”