Two Days in Lexington

At this point, you are probably thinking, hey, wasn’t the whole plan to go to Madison? Well, we did, but we didn’t stay long and we didn’t do much other than eat cheese curds and go to the concert, so we won’t be writing about Madison.

The Madison Capital building.
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Two Days in Eau Claire.

So, there probably isn’t any reason in the world to visit Eau Claire, Wisconsin unless you have family there. I mean, you can go for the cheese curds, but there are far more interesting towns to visit in Wisconsin that also have cheese curds.

Chicken Farmer by Dale Lewis.
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Two Days in Minneapolis

OK, I’m about to say something that is going to annoy some people. Here goes. Minneapolis is boring. (Nope, I definitely don’t have the “Minnesota nice” gene.) Yes, yes, I know, there are some world class things to do and see (ok, one, the Walker Sculpture Garden). And, yes, Minneapolis has some of the best musical venues in the world (First Avenue, I’m talking about you). And, yes, it has nice parks and bike paths. And, yes, we have friends who live there that make it worth a visit (hi Pam and Lance!). But, overall, it is a pretty boring city. So, how did we fill two days?

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Two Days in Milwaukee

Hello. It is me again. It has been a hot minute since I last posted anything because, for the longest time, we didn’t do anything post-worthy. But, we finally took a bit of a road trip and saw some fun things. But before I tell you about that, I have to tell you how we are absolutely insane. What do I mean? Well, let me tell you. We planned an entire three week road trip around a Dinosaur Jr concert in Madison, Wisconsin. I know, I know. What????? Way back in April of 2021, we bought tickets to see Dinosaur Jr thinking that surely covid would be over by the Fall of 2021 when they were scheduled to play. We all know how that went, since covid STILL isn’t over and probably never will be (no matter what most of the world thinks). In spite of the panini still being a thing, Dinosaur Jr finally went ahead with the concert this September and you just know we were there (with our masks on even though almost nobody else wore theirs). And, we are so old we even wore ear plugs. Getting old sucks, doesn’t it?

Whoo hoo! We went to a concert!
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Two Weeks in Cancun

As if we hadn’t already spent enough time in Mexico this year (and not nearly enough time in countries other than the U.S. and Mexico), we returned to Cancun, Mexico for two weeks in August. The grand plan was to snorkel (repeatedly) with whale sharks. What is that they say about the best laid plans?

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Final Thoughts on Mexico City

Yeah, yeah, we were only there two weeks and we will definitely be going back, but you just know we have thoughts.

Mexico City can be done very cheaply. You can get amazing street tacos for a mere seven pesos each (currently about 34 American cents) and two or three would easily make a filling and delicious meal. But, you can also easily spend $150 dollars (or more) on a meal for two. A very vivid demonstration of income disparity.

Robert enjoying a taco at one of Anthony Bourdain’s favorite spots. Yes, that is tongue. A huge ass piece of tongue.
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Two Weeks in Mexico City

So, we recently spent two weeks in Mexico City. It was fantastic. Clean, safe, and plenty to do. So, what should you do there? Well, here are a few of our favorite things.

Eat. Yes, eat. The food is fantastic. You can go low-end and eat amazing street tacos at places like El Huequito. You can get slightly more elevated street tacos at places like El Aut√©ntico Pato Manila (duck tacos) or El Habanerito (cochinita pibil tacos). You can get high end Mexican at places like Azul Condessa (where Robert had amazing enchiladas in mole sauce) and Aleli (which would have been Robert’s favorite restaurant if only he wasn’t suffering from food poisoning when we visited) and Limosneros. And, you can get really good Italian at places like Belforno. But, you know what you don’t seem to be able to get? That is right. Really good pizza. Oh well, the amazing tacos we had nearly daily made up for the lack of pizza.

Cooking up the al pastor at Taqueria Alvaro Obregon.
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Two Weeks in Cabo

So, way, way back in February, we spent two weeks in Cabo San Lucas. A friend was getting married there, and we, of course, took the opportunity for a longer visit. I’m not sure why it took me this long to write about it, as our lives just aren’t that busy, but it did (probably because we weren’t huge fans of Cabo). A return trip to Mexico in May (more on that later) finally gave me the impetus to put the figurative pen to paper. So, here goes.

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Final Thoughts on Spain (2021)

We had final thoughts on Spain back in 2019 when we first visited. But you just know that, after spending over two months there in 2021, we had more thoughts. So, away we go.

A wild parakeet in Seville.
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Sightseeing in Spain

Although we spent over two months in Spain, much of what we did wasn’t blog worthy. (And, as you well know, my standards for what is blog worthy don’t even come close to Elaine’s standards for what is sponge worthy . . . . .) For the most part, we just hung out. We saw friends, we ate, we walked, and we almost forgot about covid for a little while. But, we did see quite a few things that are worth a brief mention, even if they aren’t individually worth entire blog posts. So, here goes.

The Alhambra in Granada seen from the gardens.
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