Kitsch and Ketchup Dispensers: A Global at Heart Moment

Ok, here it is – the first official Global at Heart Moments post — my attempt at semi-real-time dispatches “from the field” while I’m traveling. I’m off to a slow start, but here goes… What’s a Global at Heart Moment? In case you need a refresher, my working definition of a “Global at Heart Moment” is “an…

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Chicago Craft Beer: North Center Brew Loop

With 65 breweries operating or about to open in the city (as of January 30, 2017, according to The Hop Review), Chicago is a craft beer enthusiast’s dream… or nightmare. How are you ever going to get that list?! :-O My approach is to break that monster down into manageable little Chicago craft beer tours you can do…

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Three Meals and Snack: Eating in Singapore

Eating in Singapore presents a world’s worth of options, from humble local street food to top-notch international cuisine. With so many cultures in one place, you can eat your way around the globe, limited only by the capacity of your stomach. Though I wouldn’t consider myself a foodie, I am an adventurous eater, and I enjoy…

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Beating the heat in Singapore: Cool things to do

I’m sure this post title and timing are raising a few eyebrows for readers experiencing winter right now. Beating the Heat in Singapore? Why would you want to do that? In January, most of us northerners are probably dreaming of, or planning on, visiting warm places to take the chill out of our bones. However,…

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Brewed in Singapore: Sampling Singapore’s Craft Beer

With​ ​a​ ​drinking​ ​scene​ ​known​ ​more​ ​for​ ​cocktails​ ​(not​ ​just​ ​the​ ​Singapore​ ​Sling)​ ​and​ ​the​ ​ubiquitous Heineken-owned​ ​Tiger​ ​beer,​ ​Singapore​ ​might​ ​not​ ​be​ ​on​ ​the​ ​radar​ ​for​ ​many​ ​craft​ ​beer enthusiasts. However,​ ​rest​ ​assured,​ ​if​ ​you​ ​find​ ​yourself​ ​stranded​ ​on​ ​this​ ​island,​ ​you’ll​ ​have​ ​plenty​ ​of​ ​good​ ​beer. Drinking​ ​venues​ ​come​ ​in​ ​a​ ​wide​ ​range​…

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Four Reasons (and More) to Love Singapore

In July 2016, I spent 4 days in Singapore, the island city-state located just off the southern tip of Malaysia. Does it sound crazy to travel that far from Chicago for a “long weekend”? I chose Singapore because I wanted an easy solo trip and I needed an Asia fix. Though I’ve lived and traveled in Asia, I hadn’t…

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Wandering Reykjavik: In Love With Iceland, Part 5

Reykjavik is a charming, easily walkable little city, with plenty of walking tour options to suit a range of interests. It’s also a great place to wander on your own, with or without a plan. Recap: In October 2016, I organized a 10-day trip to Iceland with my women’s hockey team. The first half was…

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