Sunrise over Bolibar, Basque Country, after an accidental four a.m. start time. High heels tap-tapping on the pavement. SALE signs in every storefront. The familiar […]
Off to the Camino… Travel Update and See You Later!
On Sunday, June fifth (yes, that’s tomorrow), I will close my laptop. I will put it on a shelf, and I will not see it […]
Olive Oil on Everything—A Gastronomic Diary of Italy
Sicily, 2013—where I first learned about putting olive oil on everything. Florence, Tuscany Gnocchi with fennel, mint and gorgonzola. A generous drizzle of olive oil […]
What Makes this Mountain Different from all other Mountains?
Villa Borghese Gardens, Rome Valle Aurelia, Rome, Italy This could be any street in any city. Mixed-era apartment buildings. Imposing stone architecture at turns. Cobblestones […]
Monday, 11 January 2016 It is 2:30 pm, and the sky already seems to be getting dark as I make my way to the Helsinki […]
Will the Real Santa Claus Please Stand Up?
“Joulupukki” by Lauri Rantala from Espoo, Finland – Santaclaus at Helsinki Cathedral. Consider this my holiday blog post. I could talk about Hanukkah (the holiday […]
Greetings from Tallinn! On Monday, my friend and I took the 2-hour ferry from Helsinki, Finland to Tallinn, Estonia. Our mission? Like nearly every other […]
Believe it or not, this is right in Stockholm! I’ve fallen behind. There are several cities I have seen and enjoyed without writing a single […]
“Revisiting” Sicily I have rarely been one to visit the same place twice. I always used to squirm uncomfortably when new friends, by way of […]
Strangers on a Train
“We’re on our way to bible study,” says my friend. (He likes to make up stories, but let’s get real, who doesn’t?) It’s 10:00 pm, […]