In a conversation with Neil Armstrong, Valerie Taylor, an ocean conservationist and scuba diver, told him something along the lines of, “Why venture out into space when we don't even understand the ocean as our own backyard?” The studies of ...

 

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Why Diving Will Change the Way You Travel

In a conversation with Neil Armstrong, Valerie Taylor, an ocean conservationist and scuba diver, told him something along the lines of, “Why venture out into space when we don’t even understand the ocean as our own backyard?” The studies of astronomy and oceanography tend to attract similar types of personalities. These personality types tend to be equal parts dreamers, explorers, and logicians who grasp at the unknown and whittle away at the abstract until it becomes understandable. A few of these personalities live to become professional astronauts and oceanographers, while the rest quell their curiosity with the aid of telescopes

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Musical Ghosts in the Surf Ballroom

“You can almost feel them in here with us, can’t you?” I’m not one to go for woo-woo ghost stories, nor do I believe in haunted places, but I must admit that the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa has done a beautiful job of keeping memories alive, decades after “the day the music died.” The interior feels like a movie set – the 1948 wooden dance floor made of maple, ocean-themed murals covering the back walls, original wooden booths with dark green Naugahyde seat coverings, all watched over by the famous stage that is still flanked by fake palm

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Afternoon Tea on the Red Bus Bistro in Edinburgh, Scotland

When it comes to exploring Edinburgh, there are dozens of tours to choose from. Walking tours, bus tours, bike tours, you name it. But what if you could mix a tour of Edinburgh with a delicious lunch or dinner? The Red Bus Bistro lets you do just that! The iconic double-decker Red Bus Bistro leaves from Waterloo Place, just a couple minutes away from Waverley Train Station and the central bus station. There are three tours a day, all of which come with a full afternoon tea and a glass of bubbly. Now, if you’re an American like me and

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Port Aransas and Rockport Fulton Beaches Open for Business After Harvey

It has been a difficult road back for many communities after Hurricane Harvey’s direct hit on the Texas coast in late August 2017, but three of the towns that were most damaged have made an enormous effort to recover, and they are ready and eager to welcome visitors. If you are thinking about a beach or coastal vacation, consider going to this part of the Texas Gulf Coast, where your presence and your wallet would certainly do some good and would be VERY much appreciated. I made a quick road trip from my home near Austin to check the current

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Belfast: Food, Drink, and History in Five Pubs

Belfast is a city of stories. People have been living at its location along the banks of the Lagan for well more than a thousand years. It has long been a crossroads of travel, as it is today. There are Victorian era buildings you will see all around. There’s the Titanic story — it was built in Belfast, as were many other ships over the years. There are stories of the Troubles, the murals, their legacy both in politics and in day to day life. There are also, at this writing, all the stories and uncertainties around Brexit. Belfast is

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