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Gina Czupka



About Me

Minneapolis-based writer and editor, in love with both my hometown and much of the rest of the world.

Likes: Markets, textiles, animals of almost all kinds, noodle-heavy cuisines, beer.

Dislikes: Suburbanization, misogyny, white chocolate and dalmatians.

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AGuilin: 8 days in Guilin and Yangshuo- off the beaten path places to explore?

Guilin​ is very big and busy—be prepared for that. It was too big for our tastes, so we headed right out to Yangshuo​, which in itself is pretty busy (we like things more laid back and secluded, too, and would not have stayed in... See More

AMinneapolis: Best outdoor adventures in or around the Twin Cities?

Hi Miriam!  Twin Citians love their outdoors—the number of things you can do borders on mindboggling.  Water Lakes: Lake Calhoun​, Lake Of The Isles​, Lake Harriet​, Cedar Lake​, Lake... See More

AMedellin: Where to play Tejo in Medellin? And what not to miss in Salento?

Colombia is such a fantastic destination—you'll have a blast! Unfortunately, I didn't get to Medellín​, so I can't help with the tejo. You've got the big things down for Salento​ (I might just add horseback riding)... See More

ABest places to go from San Fran in October for 1 week?

Peru​ might be a great choice for you, Bridge. Spend a day or two in Lima​ (maybe as bookends on the front and back of your trip), throw in Cusco​ and some spots in the Valle Sagrado​ and/or Arequipa​... See More

AIdeas for a honeymoon destination that isn't at the beach?

Right there with you, Shanda. My husband and I are just the same and we knew a beach honeymoon wasn't for us. We ended up going to Turkey​, starting in Istanbul​, then adding on Cappadocia​, Ephesus​and Bodrum​,... See More

AVietnam: Need help with a Vietnam itinerary!

Vietnam is a wonderful country—I'm desperate to go back, so lucky you! :) 1) Nha Trang might be on your itinerary anyway if you want a bit of beach time, and there's definitely diving to be done there. One word of caution—or really, just something to be aware... See More

AMinneapolis: Large group activities in Minneapolis?

Hi Alan! Definitely head over to Minnehaha Park​, where you'll find some good, easy hiking, scenery and Sea Salt Eatery​. If you want to extend the experience, get bikes from a Nice Ride station and ride along Minnehaha... See More

ASoutheast Asia: First time backpacker to SE Asia - best travel route please!

Hi Sonal, It's a bit hard to know what to recommend without knowing more about your interests, tolerance for hard going vs. luxury, tolerance of noisy youths, etc., but there are certainly some general recommendations that I can make! I'd say to either start your... See More

AMinneapolis: Is the Mall of America worth visiting?

Is it worth a go? Sure! The MOA is certainly an experience unto itself, though I really prefer to shop small businesses as much as possible. If you do end up going, head to Masu Sushi & Robata​ for a bite. It's locally owned and does really good... See More

AMinneapolis: Best way to explore Minneapolis like a local?

Hi James, and welcome!  Here's the theme for experiencing Minneapolis like a local: blend nature and culture. Let that be your guiding principle and I know you'll have a great time.  So, how to accomplish that? Here are some suggestions: NATURE * The lakes.... See More

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