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Nov 13, 2015

Watching Soccer in England: Big Holiday Plans

I just love planning trips to see soccer in England. And right now I’m planning a doozy for December and January. Since people have been emailing me lately about planning their own English soccer trips, and since I have already offered some general trip-planning advice, I thought I would follow up with the details of […]

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Nov 12, 2015

A Guided Tour of Willamette Falls … and its Dramatic Future

All of us in Portland are aware of Willamette Falls, but how many of us have really seen it? And we all know that there is an old paper mill there that’s closed, but how many of us know about the massive riverwalk being imagined and designed for that site? You can now take a […]

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Oct 29, 2015

Fall Colors in Portland: Hoyt Arboretum

I love going to see fall colors in Portland, and this week I took a group up to Hoyt Arboretum for a volunteer-led tour. It’s always a nice time to visit the Arboretum, whether in spring for blooms, summer for cool shade, winter to get some exercise on their 12 miles of trails, or fall for all […]

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Oct 26, 2015

Taxi Story: Ladd’s Level III

One of the phrases I hear most when I tell people I drive a taxi is “interesting characters.” And it’s true, I get a lot of them: nuts, cranks, drunks, hookers, johns … all sorts. And then there was probably the all-timer, the Ladd’s Addition Level III guy. But we’ll get to that. He comes […]

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Oct 25, 2015

Recovery Share: Should I Be Happier?

The other day somebody asked me how things are going, and I told him, “Well, the job is good, I just got back from leading a tour in Italy, my relationship is terrific, I’m paying down my debt, I’ve been out hiking a little, and my health is good.” And all of that is true. […]

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Oct 23, 2015

Cotswald Way Side Trip: Blenheim Palace

My 2016 Embark Adventures trip, Walking the Cotswold Way, is of course mostly about hiking. We’ll be doing a 104-mile trail in 8 days of walking, but on many of those days, our bus will take us on side trips before returning us to the hotel. One such place is Blenheim Palace in Woodstock, Oxfordshire. […]

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Oct 23, 2015

Reader Report: Dean From Canada visits Fleetwood Town

One of the things I’ve loved so much about planning trips to see soccer in England is this: As I have continued to write blog posts all about it, I have started to get emails from other people who want to go see a game in England. They ask for advice and help, and I […]

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Oct 16, 2015

Taxi Stories: Sometimes you just don’t want to know …

Often I make small talk with my passengers: How’s your day going, what are you up to, what line of work are you in, etc. And sometimes I don’t. Here are three times I didn’t say a word after “Where are you headed?” I pick up a guy, 4:45 a.m., at the EconoLodge, MLK and Columbia. […]

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Oct 11, 2015

Planning a Trip to Watch Soccer in England? Here’s How

For even more about English soccer, check out the new site for my upcoming book: An American’s Guide to English Soccer Since I started writing about my adventures watching soccer in England, I have received many emails like this one: “I will be in England the weekend of October 17, and my family and I […]

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