Disappointment and Regrets - When Life Derails Your Plans

For the past two months, we've been looking forward to a weekend conference for LGBTQ media in Philadelphia. A train ride, a little sight seeing, great networking ... perfect. All the plans were laid and we had scholarships so the costs were very low.Then, I got sick with a cold. This meant I had to go off one set of prescription medication to take OTC cold medication. It was a dicey decision - if I didn't take the cold meds, I risked my usual spiral into bronchitis and pneumonia which was clearly not good. I also knew I'd be miserable for the trip....more

The Train to Avila

“And this snow,” Robert Jordan said. “You think there will be much?”“Much,” Pablo said contentedly. Then called to Pilar, “You don’t like it, woman, either? Now that you command you do not like this snow?”“A mí qué?” Pilar said, over her shoulder. “If it snows it snows.”— For Whom the Bell Tolls, Ernest Hemingway...more

Flying While Something Other Than Whatever Bigots Think is Acceptable

Recently I got into a Twitter conversation with a friend who lives on the West Coast of the United States and is planning a cross-country road trip with her boyfriend.From couches they could crash along the way, the talk soon turned to race and safety.My friend is Black. And while most major U.S. cities have their minority-friendly zones, the vast spaces between those major cities can sometimes be questionably comfortable for non-white people....more
thank you for sharing this.  I know I as a white woman living in a very white area need to hear ...more

The Cerralbo Museum in Madrid

It was a museum Sunday. While visiting Madrid in January, E and I toured the Museo Sorolla and the Museo Cerralbo on the same day – with a break for tapas in between. In addition to collections of art, the small museums offered a glimpse into turn-of-the-20th-century Spain from the artistic and aristocratic viewpoint....more

A Café Confession

When I visited Segovia during my first trip to Spain, E’s parents suggested stopping at a café. During my second trip to Spain, E’s parents suggested a café stopover when we arrived in Toledo. And in my most recent trip, E’s friends Carla and Germán suggested stopping at a café in El Escorial before heading back to Madrid.It finally dawned on me to ask E if a café break was a typical Spanish custom. “Yees,” he said with a patient smile....more

Tahoe - My Return to the Snow

My last visit to Tahoe was 7 years ago.  Marathon training, pregnancy, moving and young kids kept us off the mountains.  Our priorities and focus were elsewhere.  The long awaited return to the snow was exciting for so many reasons.   As a girl from the midwest, the fact that our kids had almost no snow exposure prior to this trip was inconceivable.  It was time to make a trip to Tahoe....more
Ski school is great! It's the best way to get the kids started on the slopes! And enjoy some ...more

Am Poor, Will Travel.

 We're going to Hawaii!!   In June, my husband and I will be celebrating our 10th anniversary!  10 years - it's staggering to think about.  It's incredible that I've been with Ryan for almost a third of my life.  It makes me feel quite old and quite happy at the same time.  We have always wanted to go to Hawaii together. I've been, but Ryan never has.  And Kauai...there is NOTHING quite like it. It's Eden on earth. I want to share it with him....more

...And then we decided to fly to Oman

So I've been in a I'm-craving-McDonald's-Chicken-McNuggets-even-though-eating-my-dog's-food-is-probably-healthier phase recently. This has nothing to do with flying to Oman as the blog title suggests.  I just thought you should know. Our GPS has all the maps of the middle east loaded onto it as well as the locations of all McDonald's from here to Afghanistan.  This is why I love GPS's, they make Chicken mMcNugget acquisition so easy.  More on this later.         I like plans.  I like predictability....more

Sorolla: The Spanish Painter of Light and Color

A century ago, the New York Times dubbed Joaquin Sorolla “the Spanish painter of sunlight and color.” The year was 1909. The occasion was his New York exhibition. In a much later article about Sorolla written in 2012, the New York Times noted that during that turn-of-the-century exhibition over 169,000 art lovers ventured out in cold, icy February weather and endured long lines to see his work. ...more

It's ALL in the Family! Multi-Generational Travel - the Hottest New Trend!

“Travel, in the younger sort, is a part of education; in the elder, a part of experience.” – Francis Bacon...more