It was September 2004,
Our first holiday, I hoped for more
Puerto Rico, our destination,
as the plane touched down no hesitation
As my airplane descended, I glanced upon Bucharest’s post-communistic skyline and realized there and then that my stay in Romania would be one to remember. After settling in, I hurriedly left my seemingly inexpensive hotel room and roamed the streets of Romania’s capital. During my first day in Bucharest, I toured the magnificent marble ballroom […]
Something like 90% of the people who come out here don’t get 200 yards away from their cars. They drive the pretty-enough trails out to Artist’s Point, take a picture of a bison or a bear, or whatever else wanders within eyeshot on the way, and spend 15 minutes at the falls before rewinding the […]
It started with gunshots.
At least two, then three, then too many to count. Now snare drums buzz in the afterblast.
There is only one explanation: the Catalonians have finally taken up arms, rebelled against Castilian Spain. Now they’re rampaging through the blood-stained streets of Barcelona with Uzi’s and AK-47’s […]
“What better way to start 2008, than flying forward, in motion, across America?” I tell the tattoo artist. He pauses—the first time I’ve seen him do so today—and then, “To Arizona to Los Angeles from there you could end up in Australia who knows but just keep going that’s the key…” he talks in one […]
Holidaying for the first time in Turkey, we chose Hisaranou and a small hotel as a base to explore. It seemed nice; staff were nice, rooms clean, good location - near to nightlife if we wanted it and plenty to do. I’d brushed up on a couple of useful phrases - “Hayur, ishtemyurum” being the most […]
I arrived in Costa Rican on a chilly, rainy June afternoon, scared and worried about the weeks to come. At 16, I had just flown alone for the first time, arriving in a country I knew nearly nothing about. I didn’t want to be here; I wanted to fly home to spend my summer as […]
A friend and I went on a 31 day Australian vacation that included 14 days on a Wallaby farm as a volunteer. We left after 7 days because the living conditions were unbearable. Sharing a kitchen with 3 dogs, a wombat and a kangaroo, plus finding a python in our sleeping quarters was an experience.
Several years ago, after school was out, I’m a elementary school teacher, I took a trip to San Jose and stayed downtown in a hotel not too far from a small school. Every morning I awoke to the sounds of children playing in the yard during the day. For me that is a very familiar sound. One […]