Travel

This category contains travel articles that I have written as well as links to other posts and pages related to travel.

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Koi pond and outdoor sitting pavilion at Anantara Kalutara Spa

Chakra Balancing Massage in Kalutara, Sri Lanka

    Should you find yourself in Kalutara, Sri Lanka, a seaside resort area about an hour south of Colombo, consider getting a chakra crystal balancing massage.

    What does it mean to get your chakra balanced? I’m still not sure. But during the deep tissue, lymphatic draining treatment, complemented with coconut oil and crystals, I kept thinking to myself: “This is the best massage of my life!”

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    Welcome to New York

      With the release of her new album “1989” and single “Welcome to New York,” Taylor Swift has crossed over from being a poster girl for Nashville to being a welcome ambassador for New York City.

      NYC Tourism Ambassador Taylor Swift Standing On an NYC Roof

      NYC Tourism Ambassador Taylor Swift Standing On an NYC Roof

      Many in New York are calling this a questionable choice, as T.S. is a newcomer. In Swift’s defense, that’s kind of what ambassadors do. An ambassador is “a diplomatic official of the highest rank sent…on a temporary mission.” Swift is one of the world’s best-selling artists of all time. Plus, one of the great things about New York is that it’s a big salad bowl full of people from all different cultures and places, including the South (or, in Swift’s case, Tennessee by way of Pennsylvania).

      I love Taylor Swift. I find her music infectious. Welcome to New York continues in that tradition. But her lyrics game has really dropped off!

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