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Santiago De Chile: A Primer

There’s a dance in Chile called cueca where both partners wave a handkerchief in hopes of luring their partner. They pull close, but never touch. Their contact… Continue reading

Arco de Santa Catalina Antigua Guatemala - JoeBaur

16 Photos Around Antigua, Guatemala

I’ve been in a bit of a funk. Three weeks ago I was hit by a car, crashed a mountain bike and sent to surgery… Continue reading

Bestway Jordan - JoeBaur

A Pitch For Cycling Across Jordan with Best Way Tours and Jordan Tourism

Bestway Tours & Safaris is hosting a little travel contest with the Jordan Tourism Board, offering travel writers an opportunity for a culinary, adventure or… Continue reading

STREETFILMS Hamburg - JoeBaur

STREETFILMS: Cycling In Hamburg, Germany

Recently I was in Hamburg, Germany to cover their cycling scene and the car-free story that swept across the internet. Check out more at Streetfilms.org…. Continue reading

Badlands North Dakota - JoeBaur

Medora and the Badlands

Read part one on Bismarck and the surrounding area. I’ll admit that my initial interest in Theodore Roosevelt National Park was merely the park’s namesake and… Continue reading

Chile / international / South America / travel

Santiago De Chile: A Primer

There’s a dance in Chile called cueca where both partners wave a handkerchief in hopes of luring their partner. They pull close, but never touch. Their contact is limited to the connection between their eyes and movements.

Santiago had that effect on me during a short 48-hour visit back in April. I was drawn to the architecture, the markets, the green spaces dotted throughout the city and the vibrancy prevalent the Chilean capital. Having no idea of what to expect initially, I was pleasantly surprised and anxious for another 48 hours.

Unfortunately, like the cueca dancer, I feel as if I was left wanting more from Santiago. The city remains a hypothetical reality, someplace I could live if I had the opportunity. Meantime, I at least have those 48 hours to look back on. Continue reading

Central America / guatemala / international / travel

16 Photos Around Antigua, Guatemala

Arco de Santa Catalina Antigua Guatemala - JoeBaur

I’ve been in a bit of a funk. Three weeks ago I was hit by a car, crashed a mountain bike and sent to surgery to fix some arteries with cow parts. Suddenly my travel schedule was wiped clean and I had to give up physical activity for six weeks.

While forced to the couch, my Costa Rica anniversary came and went. Like any other anniversary of a momentous occasion, it felt impossible that a year had already passed. I found myself missing Costa Rica, Central America, Latin America like a normal person might miss a significant other.

To put a band-aid on these — what are they called? — feelings, I went searching for a connection back to those adventures in my library of work from Central America that I still need to edit. With that, I landed back in Antigua, Guatemala — without question one of the most popular destinations in all of the Americas. Below enjoy 16 photos from our four days in Antigua, fresh off a week in El Salvador back in January before heading to Lake Atitlán. Continue reading

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A Pitch For Cycling Across Jordan with Best Way Tours and Jordan Tourism

Bestway Jordan - JoeBaur

Bestway Tours & Safaris is hosting a little travel contest with the Jordan Tourism Board, offering travel writers an opportunity for a culinary, adventure or lifestyle adventure based on said writer’s niche. All you have to do is whip up a little blog on one of a select number of themes and hopefully the quality is worthy of a trip over to Jordan. Considering there’s a nine-day biking adventure on the line, I had to give it a shot by working up a pitch for sending me through Jordanian landmarks on the back of a saddle.

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Europe / germany / international / travel

STREETFILMS: Cycling In Hamburg, Germany

Recently I was in Hamburg, Germany to cover their cycling scene and the car-free story that swept across the internet. Check out more at Streetfilms.org.

My interest in traveling to Hamburg, Germany piqued following news early last year that the city would become car-free over the next 15 to 20 years. The distaste I hold for high-speed coffins is well-documented here at joebaur.com, so it should come as no surprise that I immediately started formalizing ideas in my head to visit the city and check it out for myself. Continue reading

North America / north dakota / travel / United States

Medora and the Badlands

Read part one on Bismarck and the surrounding area.

I’ll admit that my initial interest in Theodore Roosevelt National Park was merely the park’s namesake and the general promise of being outside that’s inherent with any national park. I’ve admired the 26th president of the United States since I read River Of Doubt on his post-presidency adventures through the Amazon River. This led to additional reading of arguably our country’s most badass head of state. Sure, in retrospect he had some pretty wacky beliefs, but on the whole the guy was pure American steel and had no problem calling out the corporations of the day that were taking advantage of the common man. Plus he once took a bullet in the chest and finished he speech before getting it looked at. How can you not admire that?

So what does Teddy Roosevelt have to do with North Dakota? Quite a bit, apparently.

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