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David Paul Appell's Blog – June 2014 Archive (4)

Merengue, the Dominican Republic’s Quintessential Music



Few cultural forms are more associated with the Dominican Republic than merengue music and the brisk, shuffling, hip-wagging dance that goes with it (no one’s exactly sure where the name comes from – sweet,…

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Added by David Paul Appell on June 30, 2014 at 4:12pm — No Comments

Bergen, Norway’s Most Historic City

Just the other day I had the chance to get an all-too-brief taste of Norway’s second city before boarding a weeklong Hurtigruten cruise up the coast, and OMG what a right little gem I found Bergen to be. Well, if you can call a city of 266,000 “little” – but honestly, how the locals describe it really does feel totally true: essentially,you could think of it as the world’s…

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Added by David Paul Appell on June 23, 2014 at 4:27pm — No Comments

A Hurtigruten Norway Fjords Cruise, Part 1: What It’s Like



Apologies to my friends and colleagues in the cruise industry or who are cruise fans, but I’m just not that into cruising –  I’d much rather spend my time and money actually experiencing destinations rather than spending most of my trip on a ship (no matter how tricked out), with just…

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Added by David Paul Appell on June 17, 2014 at 4:17pm — No Comments

Brazil’s Lesser-Known World Cup Cities



On June 12 one of the planet’s most anticipated sporting events kicks off in Brazil’s largest city, São Paulo. And over the course of the following 30 days, 64 World Cup matches among 31 teams will rotate among a dozen of this country’s other cities. Rio de Janeiro totally.…

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Added by David Paul Appell on June 9, 2014 at 12:30pm — No Comments

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