Cruising to St. Petersburg: a visa primer

Navigating the visa hurdles of your Baltic cruise vacation The crown jewel of any Baltic cruise itinerary is the port of call in Saint Petersburg, Russia, with most cruise lines offering 2 days (1 overnight) and some even offering 3 days (2 overnights). St. Petersburg has an incredible amount to offer, from a rich and complicated history…

Sihanoukville, Cambodia: Seattle sister city

Sihanoukville, Cambodia – Seattle sister city since 1999 Seattle’s most recent sister city is Sihanoukville, Cambodia. The relationship has been active since 1999 when Sihanoukville became Seattle’s 21st sister city. Sihanoukville is Cambodia’s fourth largest city and plays an important economic role as a major seaport and coastal tourist resort. The Port of Sihanoukville is the…

Bryggen wharf area in downtown Bergen. Photo: Doug Tomren

Exploring the city center of Bergen, Norway

Bergen (sometimes called by the Norse Bjørgvin), located on Norway’s scenic west coast, is the 2nd largest city in Norway, with a population of about 275,000 as of 2014. Bergen has a rich and unique history, very different than other Norwegian cities. A member of the Hanseatic League, Bergen was home to German merchants in the wharf area…

Logo for Seattle Sister Cities program

Seattle sister cities – an overview

Background In 1956 President Dwight Eisenhower started Sister Cities International as part of a White House conference on citizen diplomacy. The broad idea behind developing sister city relationships is to create a person-to-person exchange between Americans and citizens of other countries based on cultural, educational, information and trade exchanges. Americans can and should learn about and celebrate…

Louis Armstrong statue at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY)

Louis Armstrong statue at New Orleans Airport

When flying into New Orleans International Airport it’s the Louis Armstrong statue that offer the best indicator that you have arrived in one of the most unique cultural destinations in the United States. The statue is located in Concourse C (where most domestic flights arrive), near the Customer Relations desk. The statue was designed and erected by Blaine…

Erik Tomren with Alaskan husky puppy.

Jeff King’s Husky Homestead in Denali

One of the most popular activities in Denali National Park is a visit to Husky Homestead, the kennel and headquarters of Jeff King, a 4-year Iditarod champion recognized as the “Winningest Musher in the World”. The Iditarod is an annual sled dog race that takes place in early March. Over the course of 9 to 15 days (or longer)…