Notes from Home: That Familiar Feeling Called “Fernweh”

September 14, 2020Notes from Home

“Every dreamer knows that it’s entirely possible to be homesick for a place you’ve never been to, perhaps more homesick than for familiar ground.” ~Judith Thurman A few days ago, I ran across a word I’d never seen before that literally stopped me in my reading tracks. Fernweh: (noun) An ache for distant places; a … Read More

A California Road Trip: Travel in the Time of Covid

July 27, 2020California

“Afoot and lighthearted, I take to the open road. Healthy, free, the world before me, The long brown path before me leading wherever I choose.” ~Walt Whitman, Song of the Open Road The original plan was to fly. In the perfect world scenario that had played in my mind, our bags would be packed, and … Read More

A Day in Giza: The Great Pyramid, Ancient Memphis & A Camel Ride

February 26, 2020Egypt

“If bliss can be described as an exalted state of wishing not to be anywhere else, then this had been bliss.” ~Paul Theroux, Fresh Air Fiend: Travel Writings Car horns were beeping, and morning traffic was in full swing as we headed out on Ring Road to the Giza pyramid complex. It wasn’t Cairo’s traffic that … Read More

A Day In Cairo: The Egyptian Museum & Scenes from the Nile

February 24, 2020Egypt

“As you set out for Ithaca hope your road is a long one, full of adventure, full of discovery… And may you visit many Egyptian cities to learn and go on learning from their scholars.” ~C.P. Cavafy, Ithaca “I know a short-cut,” our driver was saying as we were headed to Dubai’s International Airport. It was … Read More

A Day in Dubai: Looking at Life from Both Sides, Now

February 20, 2020United Arab Emirates

With only one day to experience Dubai, I knew this was going to be a “greatest hits” kind of tour. Last night’s surprise architectural extravaganza had offered a preview of what this United Arab Emirates city is all about – biggest, newest, tallest and dressed up in its sparkly best. Attractions are spread out across … Read More