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Percussion party in Setubal, Portugal

Every year, percussion groups gather in the port city of Setubal, Portugal for a giant drum party. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XaRSj8nKe1A We were sitting at a little outdoor cafe in Setubal called De Pedra e Sal. They have amazing house-brined olives, BTW. All of a sudden we started to hear rhythmic drumming coming from different parts of the…

Ginjinha Grandma

Ginjinha is a drink that can be found all over Lisbon. But, for a unique experience, look for a Ginjinha Grandma. Ginjinha Origin Story Mural at A Ginjinha, Lisbon (photo: Brent Petersen) Ginjinha, also known as Ginja, is made by adding cinnamon, sugar, and, sour cherries (Morello) to brandy. The drink was invented by a…

Uso de Mascara

Cases of Covid are currently spiking in Portugal, like much of the rest of the world. But, Portugal’s citizens are good about wearing masks in public, which seems to have blunted the virus’ spread somewhat. Portugal’s efforts to contain the spread When entering indoor spaces in Portugal, everyone wears a mask. If you forget, you…

New Year’s Eve & red underwear

If you’re in Italy for New Year’s Eve, be sure to wear this specifically colored undergarment. New Year’s Eve When December rolls around, this market in Ortigia will also have red underwear for sale (photo: Brent Petersen) All over the world there are different customs on New Year’s Eve. In Spain, people eat 12 grapes…

How the Grinch avoided prison

“Have you been looking for a job?”  When Mr. G. didn’t answer, I kept looking him in the eye, saying nothing, an old trick I’d learned when I was a middle school teacher. Sit there silently, looking them in the eye and eventually the silence becomes too much to bear. “Um, a job?” he mumbled….

The (probably untrue) legend of Spaghetti alla Puttanesca

Puttanesca translates literally to “prostitute.” So, Spaghetti alla Puttanesca is “pasta in the style of a prostitute.” That couldn’t be where this came from, could it? Spaghetti alla Puttanesca origin story Photo: Brent Petersen The story goes that prostitutes in Naples would cook this quick dish of spicy tomato sauce and spaghetti to give their…

Chocolate Hazelnut-the famous flavor of Turin

Chocolate and hazelnuts seems like a match made in heaven. But it took a war to bring them together Chocolate Hazelnut origin story Turin, Italy is the unsung chocolate mecca of Europe simply because this is the home of the iconic sweet mixture of Chocolate and Hazelnuts. These two ingredients were first combined during the…

The best viewpoint in Lisbon

When your city lies on seven hills you’ve got lots of great views. This one is my favorite in Lisbon because the beautiful Tagus River and St. George Castle are both in its sightlines. The Miradouro’s of Lisbon It’s no secret that Lisbon is a beautiful city. From the flamboyant and Gothic inspired Manueline architecture…

Don’t travel like a local

Every TV travel show and guidebook tells you “be a local” when you go on vacation. But, is that really a good idea? No one wants to be labeled a “tourist” when they travel. Tourists conjure up images of socks with sandals and fanny packs. Tourists are embarrassing. Tourists talk loudly and slowly in English…

St. Martin’s Da.y

November 11th is a day wine lovers look forward to in Slovenia St. Martin’s Day celebration in Ljubljana, Slovenia (Photo: Brent Petersen) November 11th is St. Martin’s Day, a feast day celebrated throughout Europe to commemorate Saint Martin of Tours, a Roman soldier who became a monk. Saint Martin is known for giving away all…

The “R.E.M. Trestle”

The most iconic image of the 80’s Athens music scene is the Georgia Railroad Trestle that graced the back cover of R.E.M.’s first LP “Murmur,” released in 1983. The front and back cover of “Murmur” with the famous Georgia Railroad Trestle But, the trestle itself dates back 100 years prior, to 1883 when it was…

Halloween in Italy

  Our notion of Halloween in the U.S., children in costumes going door to door for candy, originates in Scotland and Ireland. In fact, when we were in Scotland in mid-October, we found the displays in stores to be very familiar. Bags and bags of candy for sale along with racks of superhero, princess, and scary…

The Best Pizza in Naples

Naples is known as the birthplace of pizza. But, there’s more than just classic Neapolitan pizza in the Città del Sole (City of the Sun) Pizza origin story Pizza Margherita (photo: Brent Petersen) People have been putting things on bread to make it tastier for at least 10,000 years. And, the ancient Greeks put oil,…

Portugal needs to update their high speed train network

Portugal has an efficient transportation network of light rail, bus, metro, and ferry. But, their high speed train system lags behind the rest of Europe. Public Transportation Most cities in Portugal have public transportation to serve the community. The systems in Portugal’s biggest cities of Lisbon and Porto are world-class. Lisbon Portugal’s capital is known…

Goldings Free Dive-one of the best in New Zealand

You’ve probably heard of a “dive bar” but what about a “free dive?” Tied House A tied house is a bar or pub that sells beer from a single brewery. The tied house system is still common in the U.K. but was outlawed in Canada as anti-competitive. In the U.S. tied houses were common until…

The best chocolate in Honolulu

Hawaii is the only state where cacao trees can be commercially grown. This makes for some of the best farm to bar chocolate in the world. Where cacao grows Cacao pods (Manoa Chocolate) Cacao trees need constant warm temperatures and plentiful rainfall to thrive. This environment only occurs in specific places along the Cacao Belt…

The Best Limoncello on the Amalfi Coast

Although you can now get limoncello all over Italy (and in most of Europe or any self-respecting Italian joint in the US), its home is the Amalfi Coast region where the famous Sfumato, or Sorrento, lemons are grown. I first encountered limoncello decades ago at Nonna Cherubina restaurant (don’t look for it, Stefi and Luigi…

Spouting Horn of the Ancient Lizard

Physics might explain the strange noises at Spouting Horn, but the legend is far more interesting. Spouting Horn of the Ancient Lizard Origin Story Spouting Horn of the Ancient Lizard (video: Brent Petersen) On the Hawaiian island of Kauai at Spouting Horn Park is a fun attraction called the Spouting Horn of the Ancient Lizard….

New London Ledge Lighthouse

A Connecticut lighthouse has distinct architecture and a chilling ghost story. New London Ledge Lighthouse Origin Story New London Ledge Lighthouse (photo: Brent Petersen) There’s been a light beacon at New London Harbor in Connecticut since 1761. This light helped guide ships into one of the most important ports of New England during the Colonial…

Montezuma Castle

This well-preserved cliff dwelling in Arizona has nothing to do with the Aztec emperor, nor was it a castle. Earliest Settlers Montezuma Castle (photo: Brent Petersen) The Native American Sinagua people lived in central Arizona’s Verde Valley starting around 500 CE. The Sinagua were hunter gatherers, eating local game like antelope and bear as well…