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Central America / costa rica / international / travel

HIKING AND ZIPLINING AROUND MONTEVERDE, COSTA RICA

Note: The video above showcases two trips I took over a couple of weeks with Gecko Trail Costa Rica. Below is an excerpt from my upcoming travelogue, tentatively titled Talking Tico, on living abroad in Costa Rica for 10 months and traveling around Central America.

I left for Monteverde via a shuttle pickup from a chain hotel off the highway in Santa Ana. At least I was able to take the bus there, I thought, though I’m sure I looked ridiculous to motorists as I lugged my roller bag behind me and prepared for a mad dash across Lindora Avenue to reach the hotel. (There were no crosswalks or lights for pedestrians nearby.) Continue reading

Alaska / Asia / Caribbean / Cuba / international / japan / travel / United States / without a path

TECH IN TRAVEL, AND TRAVELING TO CUBA, JAPAN, AND WINTER ALASKA

Laura Watilo Blake of Far-Flung Travels co-hosts this episode of Without A Path to talk tech in travel. Joe also asks Laura about what she’s doing to prepare for travel in Cuba, and Laura asks Joe about his recent travels to Japan and a snowy Alaska.

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Europe / international / switzerland / travel

MEANWHILE IN SWITZERLAND: TRAVELING HELVETIA

Note: I very much enjoyed writing my first travelogue, Talking Tico, on living abroad in Central America. That book is currently in the editing process to find out whether or not it’s actually any good. But, because of the amount of time I spent on it, I’m sure to publish it regardless. I mean, I can’t be that bad, right? (I have the confidence of an incontinent kindergartener.)

I mention this only to explain what’s to follow in this post. For those remotely familiar with me, you know I have a deep love, fascination, and slight obsession with Switzerland. In the spring of 2014, I had the great fortune of traveling the country for two weeks. As a result, I wrote about some impressions I had of their city planning for my then-column at Article 3 and published a cycling video and story with Yahoo! Travel. Even after all that, I still had a mountain of footage to work with and thoughts I wanted to share about those two weeks in Switzerland. Continue reading

Asia / international / japan / travel

TOKYO’S ROBOT RESTAURANT SHOW IS PURE INSANITY

Tokyo Robot Restaurant - JoeBaur

Welcome to Tokyo’s Robot Restaurant.

Originally published at Viator.

Few things in this world bring greater chaotic joy than Tokyo’s Robot Restaurant Evening Cabaret Show. The billing says it all. There are robots, samurais, dinosaurs and a giant panda riding a cow. How could you not be intrigued? Continue reading

Asia / international / japan / photography / travel

30 PHOTOS HIKING THE NAKASENDO WAY WITH WALK JAPAN

Hiking Japan - JoeBaur

Japan brings to mind two very distinct images. There’s one of a hyper-modern society with concrete towers filling the skyline as far as the eye can see. Business men and women chirp away on their cellphones as they get off the train and over to their next meeting. Large screens flicker around every corner. In some cases it looks as if Times Square was used as a model by a designer who thought it was too modest. It’s never quiet here. There’s always the sound of footsteps, trains, buses, cars and chatter. Fresh air and greenery are hard to come by, but people are too busy to notice anyway. Continue reading