Carla Waldemar Posts

Following the Midnight Sun

Okay, I confess: I’m a hardcore Viking fan. No, not the kind that heads to the stadium in a purple jersey—rather, the kind who looks for Viking River Cruise announcements in her inbox and grabs […]

Show Me the ‘Show Me’ State

“Missouri: It’s Not That Bad” reads the message on the t-shirt. Take it as a snarky attempt at crowd control here in Columbia, a college town (make that: three colleges) boiling over with artists and […]

O, Ottawa

I’ve just returned from the nation’s capital, and I heart the heck out of it. No, not our capital. Rather, that of our kinder, gentler northern neighbor, Canada. Ottawa anchors the eastern border of Ontario, […]

Craving Ukraine

Want to spend your European vacation in a land where everyone speaks English; tourists outnumber locals; and restaurants offer menus in five languages? Then skip this story. If, however, you relish discovering the hot spot […]

Oh! Claire

Ten years ago, there was no reason to pull off the highway as you barreled down I-94, heading for the bright lights of Madison or Milwaukee. Today, folks in the know from those Wisconsin cities […]

KC’s Calling You

Honk if you love barbecue. Even better, head to Kansas City. Here, close to 200 pit masters fire up the oak and hickory to flavor anything and everything you can maneuver onto a grill. A […]

Memphis, Soul of the South

What makes hearts beat in Memphis? Is it the rich heritage of America’s favorite music, or its forefront push for civil rights? Trick question, because the answer is yes, because the two are forever intertwined. […]

Portland, Where the Livin’ Is Easy

Welcome to Portland. You’ve heard the hype? How its pastoral life is paraded by its smart, eco-conscious, bearded, tattooed, forward-thinking, public-minded, mellowed-out citizenry? Well, it’s all true. A lot like Minneapolis, but with more pines, […]

Mardi Gras and More

Closet? What closet? There’s no concrete evidence that Mardi Gras was invented by the gay community, but…feathers? Beads? Eyeliner? I’m just sayin’. Every town in Louisiana worth its gumbo hosts a Mardi Gras celebration, but […]

Travel: Winging It

Swearing is not polite; your mama taught you that. So here’s a tip to save you from muttering expletives as your day’s visit to Red Wing draws to an end: think ahead and book yourself […]

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