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Eating in Thailand: Beetles, Crickets and Grasshoppers. Yum!

“Mmm. It’s kind of nutty and creamy,” I said after chomping down a roasted silk worm cocoon in Chiang Khan in the Loei province.

As the group I was traveling with walked to dinner, we admired the street vendors roasting a variety of food. Over dancing flames I saw skewers of octopi, legs of chickens, and little balls of meat in which I assume was pork.

Travel to Thailand: How Sweet it Is. Maphrao Kaew Made in Loei

  “We like sweet things,” my guide said as the group...

My 48-Hour Love Affair With Pittsburgh During a Winter Freeze

It just took 48 hours to fall in love with Pittsburgh. Sure, one of those mornings it was 3 degrees, but during my quick visit I found so many things to love about the Steel City.

Alligator Wrestling? Oh, Yeah. I Did That at Gatorland in Orlando, Fla.

It’s been a while since I have had something six-feet, lean and muscular between my thighs. I’m a gal with standards and straddling a 180-pound alligator wasn’t what I had in mind to relieve me of my, uh, um, dry spell. And hey, get your mind outta the gutter!

Digging in the Peace River’s Crunch to Find Florida’s Past

“There’s a gray shark tooth in there,” Mark Renz nonchalantly said after dumping two scoops of Peace River crunch into a wood-framed screen which was strapped with two pieces of a baby blue foam pool noodle. He pushed the floating screen toward me and as I looked down, staring back was a 1-inch layer of what looked to be black stones and pebbles of various sizes.

Sunsets Recharge My Batteries in Charlotte County, Florida

I ain’t gonna lie. The last four weeks have been a big, burly bear I feel as though I’ve been fighting alone. Being the eternal optimist, I’ve been finding time to let the sunsets recharge my soul in my backyard of Charlotte County, Fla.

Travel to Thailand: Hello Kitty-Themed Resort is a Big Pink Surprise

The most surprising thing I saw or did in Thailand? One of those things I did was visit the Kitty Resort, themed after Hello Kitty, in the Phu Ruea district of Loei.

That Time Former President Jimmy Carter Set Me Straight About Noah

Anxious for the Bible study lesson to begin, I sat in a pew fidgeting at Maranatha Baptist Church in Plains, Ga., sitting between a friend and a stranger. “Please remember, we’re here to worship God and not Jimmy Carter,” the pastor said.

Travel to the Dominican Republic: Whale Watching in Samaná Bay

There were about a dozen of us in an open-air boat, sitting in pairs, bobbing in silence on Samaná Bay with our eyes fixated on the horizon. I was craning my neck and holding my breath in anticipation to check off another experience from my bucket list, whale watching.

Alligator Wrestling? Oh, Yeah. I Did That at Gatorland in Orlando, Fla.

It’s been a while since I have had something six-feet, lean and muscular between my thighs. I’m a gal with standards and straddling a 180-pound alligator wasn’t what I had in mind to relieve me of my, uh, um, dry spell. And hey, get your mind outta the gutter!

Digging in the Peace River’s Crunch to Find Florida’s Past

“There’s a gray shark tooth in there,” Mark Renz nonchalantly said after dumping two scoops of Peace River crunch into a wood-framed screen which was strapped with two pieces of a baby blue foam pool noodle. He pushed the floating screen toward me and as I looked down, staring back was a 1-inch layer of what looked to be black stones and pebbles of various sizes.

Ramp Picking Weekend at The Arnold House in the Catskills, April 18 – 20, 2015

Oh, boy. Sure wish I could participate in the Inaugural Ramp Picking Weekend at The Arnold House in the Catskills, April 18 – 20, 2015. Ramps are new in my culinary world and I consider them one of those trendy veggies for the hipster crowd. Have you tasted ramps?

Living Life Rather Than Watching Life

Another weekend is winding down and the reality of the events over the last couple of days are sinking in. “That’s a long way to go for a short amount of time,” my seat neighbor said to me as the flight landed.

10 Things that Surprised Me About Thailand

Oh, Thailand. I had no idea how in a short period of time I would be so smitten with your wonderful kingdom. My visit was only a week long and definitely not enough time to call me an expert. I admit, I didn’t do the proper research before hitting the ground running in Bangkok and Loei Province and in my naivety, here are 10 things that surprised me about Thailand.

I Discovered Thainess and Recharged My Soul

I traveled to Thailand to discover Thainess and the unexpected happened; I recharged my soul. Thing is, I didn’t realize how hollow my life has been the last few months. Visitation to Florida has been flooded with tourists and seasonal residents seeking warmth and sunshine.

CLEAR Membership and Other Tools for Making Air Travel More Tolerable

Obviously, I’m a little addicted to this whole traveling thing but what I really despise about air travel is the security portion. CLEAR Membership should help make passing through airport security more tolerable.

Travel to New York City: Taking a Juicy Bite of the Star-Studded Big Apple with the TMZ Tour NYC

Traveling to New York? Hop aboard the red TMZ Tour NYC bus to take a juicy bite of the star-studded Big Apple.

Soaking up the glitz of pop-culture is one of my guilty vices and TMZ is my go-to source for a juicy fix. Watching the show, I often thought it would be fun to follow a TMZ crew as they scoped out Hollywood’s streets in search of today’s relevant celebrities.

New York City Hotel: Sleeping Paradise Found at the NYLO

leeping paradise found at the NYLO Hotel in New York City. As hard as I fought, my internal alarm clock woke me at 5:30 a.m. Peering through the slivers of my weary eyelids, I could tell it was still dark and definitely not time to begin my day. I didn’t need to be anywhere until 11 a.m. which meant hopping in a cab around 9:30 a.m.

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Living Life Rather Than Watching Life

Another weekend is winding down and the reality of the events over the last couple of days are sinking in. “That’s a long way to go for a short amount of time,” my seat neighbor said to me as the flight landed.

CLEAR Membership and Other Tools for Making Air Travel More Tolerable

Obviously, I’m a little addicted to this whole traveling thing but what I really despise about air travel is the security portion. CLEAR Membership should help make passing through airport security more tolerable.

Alligator Wrestling? Oh, Yeah. I Did That at Gatorland in Orlando, Fla.

It’s been a while since I have had something six-feet, lean and muscular between my thighs. I’m a gal with standards and straddling a 180-pound alligator wasn’t what I had in mind to relieve me of my, uh, um, dry spell. And hey, get your mind outta the gutter!

Digging in the Peace River’s Crunch to Find Florida’s Past

“There’s a gray shark tooth in there,” Mark Renz nonchalantly said after dumping two scoops of Peace River crunch into a wood-framed screen which was strapped with two pieces of a baby blue foam pool noodle. He pushed the floating screen toward me and as I looked down, staring back was a 1-inch layer of what looked to be black stones and pebbles of various sizes.

The Grandma B Memories Project

Today I began a year-long video project called the “Grandma B Memories Project.” Everyday for a year, I’ll read responses and perhaps offer my commentary to what my Grandma Bednar shared with me in a journal several years ago. These daily video clips will be posted to Solo Travel Girl’s Facebook page. Either weekly or monthly I’ll compile the clips and post them to my YouTube channel.