Valle dei Templi (Valley of the Temples), Agrigento, Sicily “The climate’s delicate; the air most sweet. Fertile the isle, the temple much surpassing The common […]
What is this Feeling? …Nostalgia??
Stunning views from my seat flying Catania, Sicily to Istanbul (on my way to Stockholm… I should not have opted to fly that way, and […]
Being versus Seeing
So, what are you doing here? They say it kindly—with honest curiosity—and they say it in Italian, but that is the question. The woman at […]
Snapshot: Bar Willy
8:30a.m., Trastevere, Roma — 24 August 2015I begin the day with that most Italian of concoctions… il bar.Bar Willy sits at one corner of a […]
Why Am I Here?
2:00 a.m. Rome, Italy. Fiumicino Airport. I arrive haggard, disoriented and ready to drop after a red-eye from Detroit, a 12-hour layover in Amsterdam, and […]
Hostels: Beyond the Horror Movie Story
Picture it: A group of Portuguese boys play ping pong and try not to spill beer. Behind them, Spanish girls converse– loudly– with strangers via […]
Three, Two, One, BUNGEE
(Sorry, Mom—I know I promised I wouldn’t, but I really think you should be proud of me.) “Do one thing a day that scares you.” […]
The fairy chimneys, as it turns out, were the name that the genius, or over-romantic imagination, of someone in Cappadocia’s tourism department assigned to the […]
Toby and Alyssa Take on Istanbul
For the last six days I had the great pleasure of traveling with the beautiful, brilliant, best of friends, Alyssa Raven Thomas. What a welcome […]