Realizing the Comforts of My Color: Thoughts on White Privilege

She came from nowhere, it seemed, and slipped away in the same smooth and silent way. We were at the donut shop's counter, being treated to coffee by one of the people we were visiting.  His wallet was out, and suddenly she was there, at his side, all creased chocolate skin and curls spiraling with gray and—this is what has stayed with me—dark and haunted eyes. Image Credit: Christine H. via Flickr...more
I won't deny the existence of white privilege, particular since I have been lately astounded by ...more

10 Things You Need to Learn About Cleveland Before the 2016 Republican National Convention

Forget everything you've heard or read since the GOP announced Cleveland, Ohio as the host city for its 2016 Republican National Convention. As an Atlantic seaboard snob who has now lived longer in Cleveland than anywhere else (26-plus years), and couldn't be happier about it, here's where you need to start your online education about Cleveland - and then share it. ...more

Travel Tips: 6 Helpful Ideas for Infant Air Travel

Vacation planning for couples or singletons usually means shopping for new attire, packing all essentials, planning trips or outings, and checking off items on their must-do lists at the holiday destination. Travel time during flight journeys or train/bus rides is leisurely spent by watching movies, listening to music, or reading books. ...more
TripsWithTykes Thanks for the kind words :) Glad  you liked the tips.more

Jetlag, Toilets, & Onsen. Oh My! Day 1 in Japan

                I generally don’t think that I suffer that much from excessive jetlag. I’ve done several transatlantic flights in my adult life and a few trips out to Hawaii have helped me establish my own tolerance levels. That does not mean in any way that I do not suffer from jetlag – unfortunately -, and with an 18 hour cross-America + transpacific  flight ahead of me I knew I was going to need a day or two to recoup my losses before I would be back up to full speed....more

Venice separation from Italy?

Venice is not only different than the mainland of Italy due to their underwater city but because they are protesting the Italian government calling for a separation.   They have no pride in the country of Italy because they feel they are being oppressed due to taxation.  This lack of pride did not come to notice until my chaperone told us how there were very few Italian flags hung in the city. ...more

Florance Travels

Florance is the most wonderful city in the world!  I just want to sing when I think about it! It meant so much to share the day with my sister.  We had a great time seeing the locations.  It is such a special memory I will always share with her. ...more

Never Wait at Baggage Claim Again

If there is anything I hate about travelling, it’s waiting at baggage claim for luggage.  So, even for international trips of up to 2 weeks, I do carry-on only! Both my husband and I have traveled extensively internationally for our jobs, and for pleasure, so we know what works… and what’s just a waste of space!  Below is my list of non-clothing items for up to a 14 day trip:Liquids (TSA 3-1-1) Bag:...more

5 Reasons to get out and Adventure Travel!

“Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too.  Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.” Terry Pratchett...more

a little trip to morro bay

if you have never seen her, Morro Bay is a splendid little fishing town north of Santa Barbara.we lived there for about 13 years before we made the move to socal....more

Road Trip: From Florida to New Jersey 2014

I cannot believe it’s been a year since our Puerto Rico trip!  I wish I could post to the “Travel with Children” section of my blog more frequently, but until I hit the lottery, one vacation per year is all I can manage. ...more

A must do on a Tuscany Trip

The Palio was my favorite on my trip to Italy.  People travel to Siena from around the world to witness this horse race.  There is just so much community and culture involved in the races, how could anyone not want to join in? I was lucky enough to participate in the trials and the actual Palio.  I actually was right against the fence during the trials!  That is million dollar seating at the Kentucky derby!...more
travelswithtam It was really an incredible experience.  Siena has such a great community ...more