A Night At The Rodeo: Fort Worth Stockyards

Rodeo is somewhat controversial in the US. Some blame it for being another form of animal cruelty, others just see it as a symbol of redneck culture. As a tourist in America I consider it wide spread folklore that truly can’t be missed especially as a visitor in Texas. So we went to the Fort Worth Stockyards, we attended the rodeo show and yes we saw patriotism, sexism, shocking calf roping. But we honestly had too much fun to care. Continue reading “A Night At The Rodeo: Fort Worth Stockyards”

Carlsbad Caverns National Park: Hiking Big Room Trail

Carlsbad Caverns is an absolute must-see for anyone visiting Southwestern USA. Located in the Guadalupe Mountains in New Mexico, this fabulous cavern is an unforgettable scenery through one of the largest “chambers” in the world, the Big Room. What makes Carlsbad Caverns a fun place to visit is the self-guided tour; it is indeed possible to take a (long) hike without a ranger inside the cavern. This allows visitors to explore the cavern at their own pace – unlike in Mammoth Cave National Park. Continue reading “Carlsbad Caverns National Park: Hiking Big Room Trail”

Tucson, the Organ Pipe Cactus and Saguaros (Arizona)

Organ Pipe National Monument and Saguaro National Park are two amazing parks in Arizona dedicated to the beauty of the local cacti – yes, English uses latin plurals so it’s one cactus, two cacti, but cactuses works too. I honestly would have never heard of these strange parks if fellow travelers hadn’t told us about it. We stopped to both parks before and after a visit to the great little city of Tucson (pronounce Tooson). Continue reading “Tucson, the Organ Pipe Cactus and Saguaros (Arizona)”

Vegas for frugalists

Of all American experiences, visiting Las Vegas is one of the most incompatible with frugal travel. Pandemonium for penny-pinching people, a challenge for frugal people. What does it mean to be frugal? I separate it from being “stingy” as most often real stingy people don’t even want to engage in activities, so not even visit Vegas or experience the casino. Frugalists search for the best comprise to engage into something without breaking the bank, i.e. visit the casino and enjoy as much as possible without spending a lot.

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