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I'm an adventurous culture vulture. I love to discover new music, art, and especially food. I've eaten everything from snake, worms, crickets and everything in between in search of a great meal.

  • Hometown

    Brooklyn, NY

  • Work published

    On the website for www.intlconnections.com

  • Travel philosophy

    Go in with an open mind and leave with an open heart.

  • Craziest place

    The craziest place I have ever visited was a pay-by-the hour hotel in Paris. I was in Paris with some friends the night before New Year's Eve and our hotel had given our room to someone else, all the hotels in our price range and above, were booked, the only game in town was this hotel frequented by prostitutes. The room was so disgusting I slept in my clothes and the bathroom was even worse so I washed up in the bathrooms of Bon Marche for the two days I was there.

  • Bizarre experience

    I was at party in Zimbabwe when a guy found out I was from the United States. He proceeded to talk to me as he had saw and heard men do in music videos, using some really derogatory names for women. After some firm explanations about the reality vs. the imagery of the US, he understood that his language wasn't appropriate, but it just showed me the power of images.

  • Advice

    Plan your trip, but be open to serendipity. Even if you're traveling with someone else, take some time to wander by yourself, you meet more people that way and can take your time to enjoy the experience.

  • Dream destination

    I want to go to Madagascar. I would love to see the rich flora and fauna and get to know the people of this unique island nation.

  • Traveled before

    I have been to France, Spain, the United Kingdom, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Costa Rica, Mexico, the Bahamas, Canada, Brazil, South Africa, Cape Verde, Zambia and Zimbabwe. I also have traveled extensively in the United States.

  • Going next

    I'm going back to Brazil in October.

Julie's Guide Book Entries


  • Casa Cambranes Lodge/Hotel Casa Cambranes

    Oct 14, 2008 - San Pedro & Los Yoses, Costa Rica

    This small, quiet hotel prides itself on its South Beach-inspired décor. Each room is decorated in a different sunny color. ......

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  • Apartotel Los Yoses

    Oct 14, 2008 - San Pedro & Los Yoses, Costa Rica

    For travelers looking for a home away from home, Aparthotel fits the bill. With three different suite standards, all with ......

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  • Hotel Don Fadrique

    Oct 14, 2008 - San Pedro & Los Yoses, Costa Rica

    This little gem of a hotel is tucked away in the residential neighborhood of Los Yoses, yet is still convenient ......

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  • Garibaldi

    Oct 29, 2008 - San Pedro & Los Yoses, Costa Rica

    Despite the décor clichés, i.e., sombreros are everywhere; this Mexican restaurant delivers a solid meal. In the heart of San ......

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  • El Candil

    Oct 29, 2008 - San Pedro & Los Yoses, Costa Rica

    Rich red walls, fruit themed tablecloths and delicious traditional Costa Rican cuisine transport you to the countryside. El Candil is ......

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  • Restaurant Frigideira Brazil

    Oct 29, 2008 - San Pedro & Los Yoses, Costa Rica

    Housed on the first floor of the Hotel Casa Las Orquideas, this Brazilian restaurant offers diners a different take on ......

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