Balabanova All Over


[Ogden, UT, Apr 23 – 26, 2023] The annual Higher Education Data Warehousing conference in 2020 was slated to be hosted by Weber State University in Ogden, UT. I had visited Ogden in the Fall of 2019 in preparation for the conference, but a global pandemic wrecked that plan. The next 3 HEDW conferences were virtual but when it came time for 2023, we finally were able to return to Ogden for… Read More

While most people associate Oahu with beaches, hikes and Pearl Harbor, there are other spots you should not miss while on the island. These two attractions will provide equal parts culture and history with a little bit of architecture thrown in. Iolani Palace King Kalakaua built Iolani Palace in 1882. It served as home to Hawai’i’s last reigning monarchs. It is a National Historic Landmark and the only royal residence in the… Read More

Unless you’re paying close attention to a map, the proximity of some of America’s best national parks to both our southern and northern neighbors might elude you. Below are some easy sojourns into Canada and Mexico on a national park trip. Be sure to bring your valid (unexpired) passport! Victoria, British Columbia – day trip from Olympic National Park Most people get to Victoria on a cruise from Seattle or Vancouver. But… Read More

[Boise, ID, Sep 3, 2021] Despite Boise’s small size, there is plenty to do to fill a full day. Breakfast at Bacon We started our day with breakfast at Bacon (they’re only open for breakfast and lunch). As you’d expect, bacon features heavily on the menu. We couldn’t resist the bacon tasting, which came in these five tall shot glasses! I opted for the shrimp and grits, with a side of bacon…. Read More

[Vienna, Austria, Dec 29, 2019] Vienna has a special place in my heart – it was the first city in Western Europe I ever visited back in 1994 or 1995. My first visit back in 2015 was very special for this reason. This time around, I only had an overnight stay, but I wanted to take the opportunity to hang out with my friend Nina, who calls Vienna home. I was staying… Read More