When Plans Change: Turning Lemons Into Limoncello in Naples

When Plans Change: Turning Lemons Into Limoncello in Naples

Posted by on Jan 12, 2016 in Italy | No Comments

You could almost hear the collective echo of disappointment throughout the ship when our captain announced that the Tyrrhenian Sea was too rough to anchor in Sorrento. Instead, we would be docking in Naples, about 14 nautical miles north, with some excursions cancelled and others continuing as planned. I, however, couldn’t believe our good fortune. […]

Notes from Home: On Souvenirs

Notes from Home: On Souvenirs

Posted by on Jan 8, 2016 in Notes from Home | No Comments

Souvenir:  from the French, “to remember.” Their memories dance across our Christmas tree, sparkling in the glow of the white lights. Like voices from Christmases Past, they stare out from the branches as if to say, “You remember when you found me, don’t you?  It was at that…” I quickly cut them off, because of course […]

Meeting My Hero: A “Carpe Diem” Day Trip

Meeting My Hero: A “Carpe Diem” Day Trip

Posted by on Jan 7, 2016 in California | No Comments

This is not a political post.  It is a story of carpe diem, of saying “yes” when it would be much easier to say, “next time.” Some background:  I’ve always been a big fan of Jimmy Carter.  Ever since he campaigned in Des Moines when I was living there, I found him fascinating and inspirational…his […]

Taking A Break: Tea & Coffee Shops Around the World

Taking A Break: Tea & Coffee Shops Around the World

Posted by on Jan 2, 2016 in China, Denmark, Estonia, France | 4 Comments

“Would you like an adventure now, or would you like to have your tea first?” ~J.M. Barrie, The Adventures of Peter Pan Finding a special café for taking a break between sightseeing outings is a great way to discover some local flavor while getting ready for the next stop. Sometimes it’s a place that I simply […]

From Russia With Love: The Fast Train to Moscow

From Russia With Love: The Fast Train to Moscow

Posted by on Jan 2, 2016 in Russia | 4 Comments

“Everything had changed suddenly-the tone, the moral climate; you didn’t know what to think, whom to listen to. As if all your life you had been led by the hand like a small child and suddenly you were on your own, you had to learn to walk by yourself.”  ~Boris Pasternak, Doctor Zhivago All of […]

Notes from Home: Beginning

Notes from Home: Beginning

Posted by on Jan 2, 2016 in Notes from Home | No Comments

It was early September 1974 when my college friend Jan and I arrived in London for our semester study abroad program. It was my first trip beyond the United States – with the exception of Canada, but growing up in Minnesota, I never counted Canada as “foreign” – and my first flight across the Atlantic. We […]