At each stop on this trip, the state of the washrooms deteriorates at an inversely proportionate rate as the scenery grows more spectacular. “What’s wrong?” Claudia has suddenly sat up at the edge of the bed. "I have to go to the bathroom and I'm too scared to go out there by myself." That makes... Continue Reading →
Why over 40? I don't know. It's just a random age. Frugal travel is, of course, for everyone so inclined. I figure that young people are already all over this idea so I'm putting it out there for those of us over (or way over) 40. I know for myself, increasing age made me wary... Continue Reading →
Do you hesitate - or refuse - to travel alone? Think it may not be safe? Worried you'll be bored? Me too, at one time. But not anymore. Here's what I've done to cure solo travel apprehension. Why Travel Solo? On my last two trips to Europe I traveled on my own, and as every... Continue Reading →
To my surprise, Barcelona disappointed me in ways I hadn't expected. To quote Samuel Johnson, I needed to learn to "regulate imagination by reality", and see things as they really are. Here you can find out what not to expect.
My knees crack against the seat's armrest. Without so much as an “excuse me”, “permiso” or even the Catalan equivalent of “get the hell out of my way”, a woman shoves past me and into her seat next to mine. Since I have an aisle seat, I'm first in the line of fire, with no... Continue Reading →
Maybe the Roswell folks should see this. I admit, it's an odd-shaped figure for a space craft, but I don't know what "normal" is when it comes to alien spaceships. Perhaps it's the end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it and the spacecraft was sent to inspect the leftover detritus. Or maybe what we think is fog is actually a dissipating mushroom cloud.... Continue Reading →
Setting: city, close to downtown. A large park three blocks away, rail depot beyond it, and the St. Lawrence River past that (more or less a kilometre from the house). Saturday afternoon, April 1st, around 5p.m. this fellow shows up on my fence: We get the usual robins, blue jays, finches, sparrows, chickadees; a hummingbird comes... Continue Reading →