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  • I grew up in the US, but I’ve lived in the Netherlands for more than 23 years. That doesn’t stop me from visiting, though, and I’ve accumulated lots of articles about the US, tinged, at times, with a bit of nostalgia. Enjoy!

New York City on a Budget: Free or cheap things to do

A lot of sights and activities are expensive in New York City. Nevertheless, you can entertain yourself well on very little money if you know where to go. Here are some tips for seeing New York City on a budget. (Note: I thoroughly fact-checked and updated this post on November 16, 2019.) A disclosure: this post…

This huge figure of a pool player was originally painted to look like he wore a Hawaiian shirt.

The Neon Museum Las Vegas: Nostalgia in the desert

The Neon Museum Las Vegas isn’t like any museum I’ve visited before. It has more in common with a junkyard, albeit a very tidy junkyard. In other words, you won’t see precious items in display cases, and don’t expect the neon signs to be hung neatly on walls. Instead, the only way to see this…

"Drinking Man" figure at the Musee Mecanique penny arcade

Musee Mecanique and its Penny Arcade Machines

Space Invaders! Memories flooded back as I spotted the game. Pac-Man! Centipede! My visit to the Musée Mécanique and its collection of antique and vintage penny arcade machines struck a chord with me. Anyone who grew up in the 70s will remember these games, fondly or otherwise. I only played occasionally, quitting when I lost…

Things to do in Orlando besides Disney

What’s the first word that pops into your head when you hear the word “Orlando”? Unless you’re an Orlando Bloom fan, chances are you thought of Disney World. Disclosure: This article contains affiliate links for accommodations, car rental and tickets. If you click on one and make a purchase, I will receive a small commission….

The African Burial Ground of NYC

New York City’s African Burial Ground National Monument has an interesting history. Or, rather, two histories: one of the people who were buried there, the other of the rediscovery of the graveyard and the establishment of this monument. Disclosure: This article contains an affiliate link. If you click on it and spend money, I will…

Marina Del Rey: LA’s playground

Los Angeles is one of those places that everyone wants to visit someday, to glimpse some stars on Rodeo Drive, visit the Hollywood Walk of Fame, or enjoy the original Disneyland. The city is very spread out, though, and the Los Angeles area includes some great beach communities, including Marina Del Rey, called “LA’s coastal…

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