Category Archives: Culture

When there are no alcohol options to be had

Day 11: When there are no alcohol options to be had. We arrive in the border town after dark, after our stomach’s expecting feeding hour, and after getting stiff and crampy from many hours behind the wheel. The hotel check-in is … Continue reading

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Day 10 – The weekend comes thundering into town

It’s the weekend. Next week there’s no school. Things get loose. Teenage plans evolve in real-time as messages zip back and forth between all points on the network. Which house will be the ‘get ready at’ house. Which parents will agree … Continue reading

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Day 3 – Hunkering down on a cold Saturday

There are two orbits spinning around each other in this household. One is inhabited by the much written about 21st century texting, driving, ueber-busy teen. Two of them, in this case. This is very familiar. Been there, done that … in fact … Continue reading

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I’m marinating in cell phone waves, and so are you

Most cars I pass on the road contain humans with an electric device glued to the side of their head. Tables at restaurants are cluttered with these devices; they silently flash and entice the onlookers away from their culinary experience. … Continue reading

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5 Life Lessons from living a month out of a suitcase

Back in a house full of “stuff” this week after a month on the road, I rather miss the simplicity of managing a single travel bag, instead of a whole house. Transitioning back home I’m reflecting on the life lessons … Continue reading

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High heels and tailored dresses – a new tourist uniform in Europe?

Who are these fashion mannequins touring Florence, Venice, Rome, Milan, Perugia? Why am I the only one looking like I should be hiking around a state park back in the US? My golden rules for travel packing were clearly not … Continue reading

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No Photography Permitted – what a relief!

I have this idea that I’m going to be able to somehow bottle up my vacation, the sounds, the smells, the sights, the whole experience in the oodles of pictures I take on trips. I snap, focus, position, frame, change … Continue reading

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