Day 3 in Amsterdam – Pride & the Canal Parade!!

We happened to arrive in Amsterdam during their week long Pride festivities. Our second full day in the city was the day of the famous "Canal Parade". In most other cities, Pride parades take place as a march through the streets, but this parade taps into the city's fantastic canal network, and thus both the…

Celebrating Carnival in the Algarve

Carnival is a fairly historied Catholic tradition (and probably goes back even further than that, really). I'm assuming most of y'all aren't up to date on Catholic traditions, so here's a quick refresher course, courtesy of our friends at Wikipedia: Carnival (see other spellings and names) is a festive season that occurs immediately before the…