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Thanksgiving in Sicily
Heavenly aromas filled the air of our Sicilian townhouse with such density you could almost taste them. Conversation hummed in the air, a strange, beautiful medley of Italian and English from our Italian and American guests that was as familiar to me as breathing. After thirteen years in Sicily, I understood both, but I didn't have time to listen much, rushing around as I helped my parents with the finishing touches of the meal.
A different kind of love letter part 2
Back in 2018, which now feels like ages ago , and certainly belonging in the BC (before Covid) era, I wrote a love letter… to the greatest city on Earth, called London. If you like, you can read it by clicking on the link below:
How I navigated these stages of culture shock when I moved abroad
When you are traveling around, moving in a group of others doing the same thing, it is still a protected bubble. I was in the backpacker’s group, doing the regular route most people follow. It was easy to avoid culture shock.
3 Ways to "Read Art" at a Museum
My children are spoiled. In many ways, but in this article I'm referring to their exposure to arts and culture, and particularly to museums. They won't realize how spoiled they are until they grow up and realize that not everyone else's mom worked in museums let alone at a leadership level in museums and could provide unlimited access to the extraordinary.
Even when you leave the borough of Manhattan behind and head into Brooklyn you can still see the incredible Manhattan skyline from many points in Brooklyn. This is the borough where I was born and raised, and often, as I daydream I set off on Brooklyn roads and return there in my mind.
I start my story somewhere around the beginning of the middle. It is March in 2022. We are on The Great North Road, in a Land Rover, in Zambia, traveling from the capital, Lusaka, to Fimpulu in Luapula Province near the DRC (Democratic Republic of Congo) border. I am riding with my daughter, one of her bosses, a coworker of my daughter, and her mother. I landed at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport in Lusaka two days previously, after twenty-two hours of flying from JFK in New York and a mid-journey eight-hour overnight layover in Doha, Qatar. The other mother, an American living in Dubai, had just landed after a seven-hour flight.
Can a 60-year old hike the Patagonian W-Circuit?
Can a 60-year old hike the Patagonian W-Circuit? The short answer is yes. I did it. Let me tell you though, it was challenging. This circuit trip was beautiful, remote, and as difficult as a thru-hike.
Wonders of the City of Roses
Portland, Oregon, has an ideal climate for growing roses outdoors with its marine west coast climate providing warm, dry summers and mild, rainy winters, as well as its heavy clay soils.
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A moment for each other
We drove up the snowy, winding road towards the cozy A-frame cabin. After a long week of work, seeing the cabin was a feeling of relief. This trip was long overdue. Have you ever worked so hard to meet all your deadlines that you couldn’t even find the time to sleep? So tired that you might as well be running on gasoline. The countless hours working at the office, under piles of countless demands, finally there is freedom just up the road. I’m not even sure I have any fumes left.
The Get Away
"We drove up the snowy, winding road towards the cozy A-frame cabin." The morning felt haunted and eerie as the snow drifted quietly all around us.
Heading for Albany, Western Australia
Albany is a port city in the Great Southern region of Western Australia. This city is the oldest permanently settled town in Western Australia. The city marks the spot where the first European settlers came inland and the first convoy of ANZACs left for the battlefields of WW I. The city sits on Princess Royal Harbor, on the edge of the incredible King George Sound. Walk the Bibbulmun Track carpeted by wildflowers.
Discovering the Icelandic Hot Pot
Checking in at the pool, I show my Reykjavik City Card and am given a soft rubber bracelet with a sensor built in and given directions to the locker rooms. I’m greeted on my way by a full body sign reminding me that I must properly clean my hair, underarms, swim trunk area and my feet before entering the pools. I’m assured that if I have any questions, I can ask the shower attendant.
The Winter Climb
We drove up the snowy, winding road towards the cozy A-frame cabin we'd rented for the weekend. As we climbed the hill, Renee tried to keep our wheels set in the powdery grooves left by some other vehicle before us but it felt like the road was driving us rather than the other way around. We slowed as she navigated a particularly tight curve and I felt my stomach sink at the distinct sensation of tires spinning without purchase. The tell-tale whir of a revving engine filled my ears as our progress suddenly ceased. Renee eased off the gas and we slid gently down the road a few inches as the packed ice beneath the powder carried us to a gentle stop.
The Hedge Witch
I met a real-life hedge witch when I was a little girl traveling with my mom from Missouri to Arizona. We stopped at a commune, called ARF somewhere up in New Mexico. She was named ARF because there were so many dogs on the commune. We arrived very late and it was so dark we could bearly see the narrow path with our flashlights. The darkness was so dark it felt suffocating. We made our way through the dense pine trees, finally finding the main house, which is basically a community house where all visitors and people who live on the commune can come temporarily sleep, hang out, eat, and possibly have electricity and running water.
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The Best Destinations to Spend Your New Year’s Eve
2023 is around the corner. This is the moment we yearn to do something new, something exciting to kick start the New Year. Set aside wondering about the things to do, have you thought about where you want to spend New Year’s Eve? That itself is the most thrilling deal! Not just novel ways to wrap up the year–around the world there are top destinations where you can choose to throw the curtains down to 2022.
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