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Erin Ruberry
Erin Ruberry is a Washington, D.C.-based writer and editor. She was previously managing editor of the blog section at The Huffington Post and a contributing editor to HuffPost DC. Erin has a degree in journalism and politics from the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism.

Follow Erin on Twitter @erinruberry and visit her website,

Entries by Erin Ruberry

It's Time to Make Nice With the Dixie Chicks

(91) Comments | Posted April 29, 2016 | 10:22 AM

There's a moment in "Wide Open Spaces" on the Dixie Chicks' 2003 live album that gives me chills every time.

As one of the Chicks' first and biggest hits closes the show, the crowd roars, the music fades and a cacophony of cheers grows louder by the...

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Why 'Badass British Lady Detectives' Should Be Your Favorite Netflix Category

(35) Comments | Posted September 2, 2014 | 9:52 AM

If the first thing you think of when someone mentions British television is 'Downton Abbey,' I get it. I do. I'm someone who watched the new season 5 trailer approximately 47 times and traveled two hours to an exhibition of costumes from the show.

But if...

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I Drove 3.5 Hours, Then Took a 1-Hour Boat Ride, to Eat Cake -- and It Was Worth It

(17) Comments | Posted July 2, 2014 | 10:32 AM

Blueberry pie in Maine.

Boston cream pie in Massachusetts.

Ice cream cones in Missouri.

All fine and decent dessert choices but if you want a state dessert with more layers-per-bite than any other dessert option -- and proves the journey matters as much...

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The 3 Magic Words You Need to Know Before Traveling Overseas

(0) Comments | Posted June 5, 2014 | 11:08 AM

There are three words that every traveler should know in any foreign language when traveling overseas. They may not get you mistaken for a local, but it's amazing how far they will take you.

What are these three magic words?

Simply "hello," "please" and "thank you."

I know, I know:...

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These 10 American Attractions Are Totally Touristy, But I'm Okay With That

(6) Comments | Posted May 20, 2014 | 9:41 AM

Confession: I like to pretend I'm too cool for kitsch but at the end of the day, I too like to take those cheesy tourist photos: holding up the Leaning Tower of Pisa, running through the barrier at Platform 9 3/4 at King's Cross Station, flashing the peace sign in...

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'Costumes of Downton Abbey' Is the Exhibition Every Aspiring Lord and Lady Grantham Needs to See

(0) Comments | Posted May 13, 2014 | 9:35 AM

I remember the first time I caught a glimpse of Downton Abbey. My mom was watching Sunday night Masterpiece on PBS, as is her wont, and, in passing, the show looked like any other British period piece, with the added bonus of delightful Maggie Smith zingers.

"Nothing to see here......

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Wie Sie um die ganze Welt reisen können, ohne reich zu sein

(0) Comments | Posted May 12, 2014 | 9:06 AM

Jedes Jahr, wenn die Universitätsabschluss-Saison beginnt, prasseln wieder die Fragen auf mich ein: „Wie hast du entschieden ins Ausland zu gehen?" „Welches Programm hat dich dort hin gebracht?" „Wie konntest du zwei Jahre reisen und danach immer noch einen Job bekommen?" Dieses Jahr stellt meine eigene Stiefschwester diese Fragen und...

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'Holland in Haymarket' Brings the Hues of the Netherlands to Northern Virginia

(0) Comments | Posted May 6, 2014 | 9:25 AM

I've been looking at flights to Amsterdam so extensively lately that all of the Google ads that appear while web browsing are for travel companies, tours and hotel deals in Netherlands' capital. "Book a day trip to the Keukenhof Gardens from Amsterdam," the ads compel. "Daily tours from March through...

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How to Travel Around the World Without Being Rich

(17) Comments | Posted April 29, 2014 | 9:47 AM

Around college graduation season each year, the same questions start coming my way: "How did you decide to teach abroad?" "What program did you go with?" "How did you spend two years traveling and then get a job?" This year, it's my own stepsister and her friends who are asking...

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How to Take a Royal Tour of Australia and New Zealand Without Having a Royal Budget

(0) Comments | Posted April 22, 2014 | 10:12 AM

Has Prince William and Duchess Catherine's royal tour Down Under inspired you to plan your own vacation to Australia and New Zealand?

You could shell out £341,000 (about $573,357) per couple for a month-long luxury tour of Australia that includes a $17,150 diamond pacifier and behind-the-scenes tours. (The...

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If You Only Have a Weekend in Chicago, Do This, Eat Here and Don't Go to Bed Early

(2) Comments | Posted April 15, 2014 | 9:17 AM

When you only have one weekend to explore a new city, it's important to make every moment count -- but at the same time, you don't want to run yourself ragged. So when you have just 48 hours in Chicago, let this be your guide to a fun-filled (and delicious!)...

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If You Need a Reason to Visit London This Spring, Take a Peek at These Parks

(0) Comments | Posted April 8, 2014 | 9:36 AM

London is a pretty magical destination year-round -- the bustling streets, the royal residences, the magnificent museums -- but it's an especially wonderful place to visit during the spring as the city bursts into bloom.

Some of the most spectacular spots to experience London's springtime in all its glory are...

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Deep in the Heart of West Texas Is a National Park Where the Mountains Meet the Desert

(0) Comments | Posted April 1, 2014 | 4:08 PM

You may not have heard of Big Bend National Park, and it's almost certainly far, far away from where you live, but it's well worth a visit.

Big Bend is one of the least-visited national parks in the United States, receiving fewer than 300,000 visitors...

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If You're Scared of Ghosts (Like I Am!), This Might Be Too Creepy for You

(18) Comments | Posted December 11, 2013 | 7:01 AM

"Because of the horrors of plague the legends of Mary King's Close have grown and grown over the centuries since 1645. Perhaps the most famous story of a haunting is that of a little girl." - BBC

When a historic attraction has been featured on a show called...

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Afternoon Tea for Two or 20 Is the Coziest Way to Celebrate the Holiday Season

(4) Comments | Posted December 10, 2013 | 7:06 AM

Long before Downton Abbey made tea time trendy on-screen or Starbucks got into the tea business, the women in my family began one of its most beloved holiday traditions.

ritz carlton tea

Each December, a few weeks before Christmas, the Ruberry women (we're...

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Saturday Brunch Makes The Weekend Feel Extra Special

(3) Comments | Posted November 29, 2013 | 7:41 AM

Brunch isn't just for Sundays anymore.

With the explosion of restaurants on D.C.'s dining scene (709 new restaurants between 2001 and 2011, according to The Washington Post) come a plethora of fresh options for brunch.

Before hitting the stores on Small Business Saturday, stop by your favorite neighborhood...

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10 Bubbly, Boozy Cocktails To Wash Away Holiday Shopping Stress

(0) Comments | Posted November 27, 2013 | 8:37 AM

Why join the crowds at big box stores opening earlier than ever on Thanksgiving and Black Friday when you can patronize local retailers and support mom-and-pops shops on Small Business Saturday instead?

Let's face it: holiday shopping can be exhausting! Does Dad really need another tie? Will Grandma...

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How To Shop Like President Obama On Small Business Saturday: Visit A Local Bookstore!

(6) Comments | Posted November 26, 2013 | 8:52 AM

Presidents: they're just like us!

In what may be one of our favorite Obama family traditions, President Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia have celebrated Small Business Saturday over the past two years by patronizing D.C. area bookstores.

In 2011, Kramerbooks in Dupont Circle got the...

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I Faced My Fear of Heights and Conquered Angels Landing

(14) Comments | Posted November 22, 2013 | 9:15 AM

The sign stopped me in my tracks: "Since 2004, six people have died falling from the cliffs on this route."

angels landing

I promptly texted a photo of the warning to my mom back home in Maryland and continued along the trail.

Welcome to

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National Zoo Tiger Cubs Make Their Debut, Prove Two Is Cuter Than One

(15) Comments | Posted November 18, 2013 | 2:27 PM

The Smithsonian National Zoo's 15-week-old Sumatran tiger cubs, Sukacita and Bandar, made their public debut Monday and showed that two tiger cubs are even cuter than one.

Need photo proof? Okay, if you insist...

The cubs were cleared for the great...

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