Category Archives: Travel

Pura Vida Cruise

We ignored dark clouds in the distance, snorkeled drenched in sunshine, cheered dolphins that torpedoed by. The sky blackened and unleashed a whirlwind, thunderclaps and lightning booming, slamming, smashing. I cowered, but they cranked the music and danced Salsa on … Continue reading

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Cruising Solo and Lovin’ It, a guest post by Diane

Today I welcome Diane who shares this guest post about going out of her comfort zone by taking a cruise by herself. Diane blogs at Thoughts, Tips and Tales. Cruising Solo and Lovin’ It By Diane Ten years ago, I’d … Continue reading

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Travel theme: Simplify

When traveling, it’s often the simplest moments that make the most vivid impressions, those little experiences when your senses are immersed in the local culture, and you have time to let it soak in. I love planning adventurous excursions when … Continue reading

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Piranha

Little fish circled our feet. “Piranha,” a local man said. We laughed, offending him. We tried to explain: No discordant violins played as a horror scene turned red. Our apology lost in translation, we watched and hoped they wouldn’t take … Continue reading

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Caged Tiger

Our fear keeps us from sharp eyes, sharper claws, yet her magnificence calls. As she rests, we cuddle her, lay our heads on her soft belly. She raises her quiet head in dignity, defying her imprisonment, and we’re freed from … Continue reading

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Hot time, summer in the city

In general, I don’t love cities–the crowds, the noise, the pollution. Plus, most of my travels are during the month of August. Walking on city pavement in Morocco when it’s 125 degrees F out or in Thailand when the humidity … Continue reading

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Three Pieces of Metal

A family portrait in the reflection of The Bean, Chicago, Illinois This street performer in New Orleans gave my son a lollipop. “Robotron: Coins make him move… dollars make him groove.” We biked out to this shipwreck on one of … Continue reading

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Afternoon in Marrakesh

In Marrakesh, snake charmers, whirling dervishes, orange juice, snails, and motorbikes compete for attention, until I need relief from exhaust and exhaustion. I clutch my bills close, annoyed by the hard sell, until a Barbary ape clambers over my shoulders. … Continue reading

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In Peru, the Inca are Everywhere

The history books said the Spanish had conquered Peru 500 years before, but as I sat on the cold stone steps of a village square on Lake Titicaca, I thought over the last two weeks and how the official history … Continue reading

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The Angel of Grafton Street

On Grafton Street in white and gold, with regal wings and upturned palms, a painted statue is ignored by most. Two lads approach, coins in hand, not really seeing her. She comes to life and startles both, yet cheers their … Continue reading

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