Travel On the Same Money You Spend Watching TV

Travel On the Same Money You Spend Watching TV

When Peter was notified that his company was downsizing, he was home recovering from a broken ankle and I had just completed my second glorious week of graduate school. This news was an unwelcome shocker. He felt that if he didn’t volunteer for the layoff, it...
My Downton Abbey Daydream Has Died

My Downton Abbey Daydream Has Died

We recently met a couple who put us on to a new idea to stretch our travel budget: housesitting. The basic idea is that you agree to watch someones’ pet (insert: cobra, horse, dog, macaw, cat, rabbit, Iguana, etc.) in exchange for lodging in their (insert:...
When Life Imitates The Real Thing

When Life Imitates The Real Thing

It is said that life sometimes imitates art. If commercials qualify as art, then I can say we experienced that phenomenon this weekend. We are pet-sitting at our friends’ summer house for a long holiday weekend in Småland, Sweden. When...
We Flu To Europe

We Flu To Europe

Travel is about new experiences, right? Some of them are blissful. Some of them are thrilling. And some are experiences you simply wish to forget. I guess we just had a close encounter with the third kind.  Coughing. Chills....
Le Havre An Ugly Cathedral

Le Havre An Ugly Cathedral

The ship docked in Normandy on April 28 under heavy grey skies and ice cold showers. Hordes of our shipmates spent a bundle for long bus rides to Paris but we decided to pass on that deal. We chose instead to wander around Le Havre. Not an overly welcoming place, Le...
Rocking and Rolling Our Way to Ireland

Rocking and Rolling Our Way to Ireland

We are docked in Cobh, Ireland, on a cold and rainy Saturday. This is the final port Titanic visited and last night ensured we didn’t forget her final voyage. Gale force winds and rough swells threw  Legend of the Seas from side to side. Chairs toppled in the...
Traveling Slow and Stately

Traveling Slow and Stately

We are traveling slow and stately on a cruise to Europe. Today we passed the mid-way point in crossing the Atlantic Ocean on Royal Caribbean’s Legend of the Seas. What a way to travel! Forget the cramped airline seat, the humid morning breath of the...
Time for a Rumspringa

Time for a Rumspringa

(Previously published in my personal journal: Grunt, Point, Smile on Sept. 24, 2008…) The idea for a Mexican Rumspringa was formed last year when I was visiting a friend in New York. After three solid days of listening to me cry over coffee, tea, water, and wine, she...

Spanish Kindergarten for Adults

It is a crisp fall morning in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, and it is also my first day in Spanish kindergarten for adults. I didn’t get much sleep last night. On top of worrying about fitting in and surviving life in Spanish for the next 6 weeks, a series of...