How to Call a Random Swede in Sweden

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You savvy travelers no doubt know about the Swedish Tourist Association‘s campaign to link the world to Sweden – one Swede at a time – by calling a national phone number (+46 771-793-336; international charges apply).  What better way to celebrate Sweden’s 250th anniversary of the abolition of censorship than to encourage the entire population to chat with strangers about, well, anything.

I wanted to learn about Skane, in Sweden’s southeast and high on my travel list. So, I called. Continue reading “How to Call a Random Swede in Sweden”

My Top 10 Travel Apps

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These ten apps enrich any trip either by avoiding/mitigating hassles  or simply setting the stage for serendipitous memories.  A few of the apps are indispensable in everyday life, too.

Note: Trip planning or itinerary-based apps (e.g. TripAdvisor, packing guides, Trip-It, etc.) are not included here. All below are free unless noted and all but one are available for both Android and iPhone. Continue reading “My Top 10 Travel Apps”

5 Shops for Baby Love on the Upper East Side

Ralph Lauren Children, NYC

Few neighborhoods in America host a collection of shops catering to exquisite/expensive layette and baby/toddler clothing and gifts. New York’s Upper East Side is one of them. Paris or Milan hold no advantage for selecting the “right” (and expensive) newborn gift. The UES has a mile stretch of children’s boutiques for doting grown-ups to swathe the young’uns in Euro – or Euro-inspired – splendor. Continue reading “5 Shops for Baby Love on the Upper East Side”