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Where I’ve been, at least that I’m willing to share, in alphabetical order.

Overview

I grew up in the United States Midwest and have visited 30/51 US states and 10/63 National Parks.1 I’m currently based in New York City.

Other countries I’ve visited: Australia, Austria, Canada, China, Czechia, Denmark, Faroe Islands, Germany, Italy, México, The Netherlands, New Zealand

I used to make “video postcards” and zines (printable versions: nz, eu, china) of my travels. I still share some photos, every now and again.

Notes

Half-assed recommendations.

Albuquerque, NM, USA

New Mexico (Landscape) by Thomas Hart Benton

New Mexico (Landscape) by Thomas Hart Benton

Amsterdam, Netherlands

  • “coffee” from the coffeehouses, of course
  • the Van Gogh museum, also a bunch of Rembrandts
  • joppie sauce = hate-less chickfila sauce

Asheville, NC, USA

  • pimiento cheese scrambled eggs at Bisuit Head
  • Plant, a hip vegan restaurant
  • Brevard is cute, and Quotations is a chill café
  • get up early, take the Blue Ridge Parkway to see the sunrise over the mountains
  • lots of good hikes (wear sunscreen)
  • kayak along the French Broad, and stop off to sneak into the big mansion
  • didn’t get a chance to visit Moog

Austin, TX, USA

  • like Lexington, but if they turned everything way up to 11 and didn’t make any changes to the underlying infrastructure
  • hard to visit without a car
  • good BBQ can be found in the surrounding area
  • Electric Church is a chill underground psych rock venue, and De Nada Cantina is tasty nearby
  • state capitol building is beautiful even if what they do there is totally messed up

Bay Area, CA, USA

  • Point Reyes National Seashore ia worth the drive, and you can get oysters on the way
  • Chapel of the Chimes, Urban Ore, and Golden Tee Golfland are all fantastic
  • Burma Superstar is tasty
  • The Knockout is a surprisingly divey venue in SF
  • Once a month you can go to the SF botanical garden for free, the SF japanese garden is quite good, and Oakland’s bonsai garden is incredible
The view frm across the bay, my first night sleeping in a van nearby.

The view frm across the bay, my first night sleeping in a van nearby.

Beijing, China

  • you can hop out a little window onto an unrestored section of the Great Wall; don’t fall!
From my exploration of a retricted, unrestored section of the Great Wall.

From my exploration of a retricted, unrestored section of the Great Wall.

Berlin, Germany

  • coolest city ever, probably
  • modern art and more: Berlinische Galerie, Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art, Neue Nationalgalerie, ME Collectors Room
  • vegan currywurst
  • east side gallery
  • memorial to the murdered jews of europe and the Judisches Museum
  • walking up the Bundestag Building

Boston, MA

  • Halloween in Salem is excellent
  • make sure to put your feet in the ocean

Copenhagen, Denmark

  • amazing breakfast
  • I <3 cargo bikes
  • dreamy sunsets over the bridge
  • actually livable
A beautiful park in Copenhagen with lines showing the proper bike pathing.

A beautiful park in Copenhagen with lines showing the proper bike pathing.

The beautiful Copenhagen summer beautiful Copenhagen summer sun setting over a body of water.

The beautiful Copenhagen summer beautiful Copenhagen summer sun setting over a body of water.

Denver, CO, USA

  • Red Rocks is fun to visit, along with the nearby dinosaur footprints
  • Evergreen, CO, is nearby and very cute
  • Davies’ Check Wagon Diner was transported there from the East Coast
  • City, ‘O City has great vegan food, and Domo was a great eating experience
  • Meow Wolf is overhyped but still fun with friends
Rudy, my favorite Airbnb doggo buddy.

Rudy, my favorite Airbnb doggo buddy.

A Mountain Symphony (Longs Peak, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado) by Sven Birger Sandzen

A Mountain Symphony (Longs Peak, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado) by Sven Birger Sandzen

Dresden, Germany

  • find Slaughterhouse V
  • the Green Vaults
  • climb the Kreuzkirche rather than the Frauenkirche

Faroe Islands

  • it’s doable by bus, but not easy
  • the edge of the world
  • incredible hikes
  • sheep!
  • fish ’n chips and traditional music in Torshavn
The steep cliffs along the Faroe coast.

The steep cliffs along the Faroe coast.

A remote area of Faroe.

A remote area of Faroe.

Florence, Italy

  • climb to the top of the Duomo
  • it’s all just beautiful, and I enjoyed both major museums
  • Bobolui Gardens were also fun
  • Siena is worth the trip, with its amazing history and cathedral
The view of the Florence Cathedral through a window.

The view of the Florence Cathedral through a window.

A street in Siena.

A street in Siena.

Florida Keys, USA

  • one of the keys is a state park where you can walk 100 meters into the Gulf of Mexico and it will still only come up to your waist
  • Key West is a tourist trap but the other islands have some gems

Grand Rapids, MI, USA

  • a little boring, in a good way
  • Redux Books is a good used bookstore, and Argos nextdoor
  • Bitter End is a great coffeeshop
  • vegan breakfast sandy at Sunday brunch at Fulton Street Bar and Grill

Lexington, KY, USA

  • food: Bourbon & Toulouse, Sav’s, Stella’s, Magee’s, GirlsGirlsGirls Burritos
  • CD Central, Sqecial Media, and other spots nearby
  • Institute 193 typically has a good exhibition

Mackinac Island, MI, USA

  • It’s pronounced “mackinaw”
  • Don’t go in the winter, like I did
The strangely modern, revolutionary-era Fort Holmes.

The strangely modern, revolutionary-era Fort Holmes.

Milan, Italy

  • in addition to the Duomo, check out the Museo del Novecento
  • quite cosmopolitan
The cathedral from inside the nearby art museum, from my trip in 2016.

The cathedral from inside the nearby art museum, from my trip in 2016.

Minneapolis, MN, USA

  • the skyway system is great in the winter
  • the Flour Tower presentation at Mill City Museum is for kids but I enjoyed it
  • art museums are pretty good
  • Mercado Central is a vibe
  • I rode a Nickelodeon-themed rollercoaster at Mall of America

Monterey, CA, USA

  • incredible year-round weather + beaches, beaches, beaches!
  • 17-mile drive
  • Moondog Grill
  • Cannery Row Antique Mall has excellent maps

Munich, Germany

  • excellent museums
  • that spot where people surf
  • also, Hofbräuhaus and gardens

New York, NY, USA

see New York City

New Zealand

see New Zealand

Paris, France

  • not to be confused with Paris, KY
  • crepes
  • get an Airbnb that has cats, for a chill time
  • the Louvre is exhausting, but good for people-watching
  • Centre Pompidou was great
  • Chartres Cathedral is worth the trip
The inverted pyramid thingie at the Louvre.

The inverted pyramid thingie at the Louvre.

Philadelphia, PA, USA

  • the Mütter Museum is wild
  • Barnes Foundation has incredible collection
  • Making Worlds bookstore
  • great stuff at Raxx Vintage

Prague, Czechia

  • a Mozart opera at The Estates Theatre
  • Sex Machines Museum
  • Terezin is worth the trip, I recommend getting a tour guide

Rome, Italy

  • the Vatican is worth the trip, including the Sistine Chapel, although it was exhausting by the end
  • much more lively and urban than I expected for some reason
  • La Famiglia restaurant was near the hostel and very good
  • all the touristy stuff

Shanghai, China

  • get to the top of tall buildings!
  • excellent street food
Shanghai&rsquo;s Pearl Tower at night.

Shanghai’s Pearl Tower at night.

St. Louis, MO, USA

  • City Museum is v fun
  • their botanical gardens are excellent

Sydney, NSW, Australia

  • opera house is worth the visit
  • the quay is gorgeous
  • cute gardens
  • it takes longer than I expected to get across the bridge

Traverse City, MI, USA

  • it’s fun in the winter, haven’t been in the summer
  • try all the free samples at Cherry Republic
  • cross-country skiing (Hickory Hills), hiking Sleeping Bear Dunes
  • Slabtown Burgers, J&S Diner, and 7 Monks are all quality

Venice, Italy

  • wandering the streets, GPS signals bouncing off the narrow walls
  • the Peggy Guggenheim Collection
  • taking a trip out to the beach (water taxis!)
A street in Venice.

A street in Venice.

Vienna, Austria

  • the Olympic-ring-shaped roller coaster
  • Naschmarkt
  • taking a lap on the Ringstrasse streetcar
  • sachertorte, obviously; the wait staff may be unhappy that you only want cake
  • the museum quarter, opera house, and Schönbrunn Palace

Washington, DC, USA

  • Suns Cinema for an art film
  • OKPB for a secretive drink

Xi’an, China

  • the soldiers are worth it
  • amazing food

  1. I’m including DC but not PR. Airports do not count. ↩︎