Author Archive | Kristin Henning

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Standing in Place: Back Home from Travel

For more than six years, we’ve been ‘location independent,’ traveling constantly all over the world, without a home or even a home base. I’ve never in these six years completely unpacked my suitcase and I’ve proudly identified myself as a full time traveler. I don’t take these years for granted. Being free of stuff is […]

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Newer buildings loom over a neoclassic edifice along the Bund in Shanghai

Shanghai: A Tour of China’s Accelerated City

Shanghai is frequently described as the New York City of China. People say Shanghai is to Beijing as NYC is to Washington, D.C. The comparison works. Shanghai is a port city, straddling the Huangpu River which empties into the Yangtze. So it’s open, airy, and brighter than Beijing, with about a 100% chance of less […]

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A walk in Dubrovnik is good for the appetite.

Croatia’s Cuisine: Dalmatian Coast Food and Wine

A week in Croatia does not make me an expert in anything. But I ate every day, so that counts for something! We were alternately impressed and underwhelmed by the food in Croatia. Many restaurants were closing for the season–we were there in late October–so a faltering selection may have colored our culinary experience. But […]

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An Exclusive Tour of Rome’s Palazzo Colonna

You may have walked right by this place, the Palazzo Colonna in the middle of Rome, and noticed nothing. Given the number of stray pieces of architecture strewn around town–columns, cornices, pillars, carvings, and building blocks–the plain exterior walls of this property can easily go unnoticed. But the Palazzo Colonna is worth a look inside, […]

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Historic Beijing

Tour Beijing’s Past and Future in Hutong Alleys

If you just pass through Beijing for a couple days to visit the major tourist sites, you might miss a fascinating story unfolding in this city, the story of transformation and change. The old neighborhoods and alleyways, called hutongs, display the city’s deep history, expose pieces of the evolving communities, and reveal Beijing’s quick run […]

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Surprises Along the W: Trekking Patagonia’s Torres del Paine

I realize now that trekking the ‘W’ in Patagonia’s Torres del Paine National Park was something I should have been better prepared for. So when I heard recently that World Expeditions was looking for #BestMountainTrek stories and personal experiences in Patagonia, these memories of our haphazard planning and some of the surprises we encountered came […]

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Pictou, Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia: History, Cuisine, and Natural Beauty

Nova Scotia offers its own brand of history, cuisine, natural beauty, and recreation. It wasn’t an hour off the Digby Ferry (which sails twice a day from Saint John, New Brunswick, to Digby, Nova Scotia) that we realized these two Maritime Provinces on either side of the Bay of Fundy are very distinct. We wanted […]

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