30 by 30

When I was 25 I made a 30 by 30 list of 30 things I wanted to do before I turned 30. Not surprisingly, many of these were directly or indirectly related to travel. So far I’ve completed 24 items from the list, including: 1. Take a cooking class. ✓ Thailand cooking class, 2014 2. Visit…

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Four-Score and .. Really, two weeks ago.

Two weeks ago I visited Gettysburg with a group of friends.  It was on my summer field trip list but it wasn’t feeling like summer by the time I went. We reserved a personal tour guide for our van.  It felt like luxury.  He drove and talked.  We listened.  And we got out to walk…

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Longwood Gardens: a Photo Essay

I’m still on the topic of fall break.  (I surely know how to use my vacation days well.)  Well, here we are at our final destination: Longwood Gardens.  I have heard of this place for some time now so it was about time to go.  Started as a Quaker home, turned forest, turned wealthy summer…

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10 Things Worth Stumbling into in NYC

Six years ago, when I first moved to New York City, I blogged about 10 things worth stumbling into here.  This weekend, I spent three full days in New York visiting friends again and I thought perhaps it was time to update my list.   Here’s the new and improved 10 things worth stumbling into, now that…

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Italia- Lessons Learned

This post has two parts: 1. My final thoughts on Italy.  2. A summary, so all the planning information is in one place. Let’s get started. My Final Thoughts In this week of blogging, of remembering rushed city walks by ancient cathedrals and happy surprises, like sunsets and good food and chats with strangers, I…

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