Vivid Sydney

By | August 24th, 2016|Australia, Travel Tales|

One iconic view of Sydney, Australia is of the harbour (Aussie spelling) which includes the Sydney skyline, Sydney Opera House, The Rocks,  and the docks where the ships and ferries arrive and depart at all hours of the day.  It's spectacular.  I once heard it is the largest natural harbour in the world, in part [...]

Half Way to Everest

By | August 19th, 2016|North America, Travel Tales|

I like oxygen. Whether it is simple easy breathing at sea level or sucking air while hiking a couple of miles higher, I like oxygen . On my "want-to-do" list for the last couple of years has been to successfully climb a 14er (a 14,000+ foot high mountain),  and I am delighted to have a [...]

Our Amazing Race

By | November 13th, 2015|North America, Travel Tales|

When you’re planning your next snow skiing adventure with your family or group of friends, consider putting together an Amazing Ski Race, aka A Super Fun Way to Spend a Day Having a Scavenger Hunt Spanning Five Mountains in 22 Degree Weather.  Yep. Our Orlando Ski Club (yes, Florida has snow ski clubs) group gathered [...]

Bribery in Mozambique

By | September 1st, 2015|Africa, Travel Tales|

It was my lucky day when I saw I was the only person in line at the visa application counter at the Mozambican border crossing. Other border crossings and immigration procedures that I’ve endured have lasted up to four hours, but this one looked easy. I smiled, said “bom dia” (good morning), and handed my [...]

3-2-1-Liftoff

By | July 10th, 2015|North America, Travel Tales|

No matter how many times I hear "3-2-1-liftoff" it is always exciting (and suspenseful)  to witness a missile launch.  Just a few days ago tourists and locals had gathered at 4th Street South in Cocoa Beach to watch the newest SpaceX Falcon 9 launch and my family and I were among them.  Liftoff was scheduled [...]

Cool Kathmandu

By | May 20th, 2015|Asia, Travel Tales|

My first memory of the word Kathmandu came from a Bob Segar song playing on the radio in 1977.  “I think I’m goin’ to Kat-man-du”  he shouted, I mean sang….I couldn’t have known then that one day I actually would visit Kathmandu many times during a month-long visit to Nepal. Thamel is a touristy area [...]

Broken Bhaktapur

By | April 28th, 2015|Asia, Travel Tales|

When I first walked into Durbar Square in Bhaktapur, it was as if I was stepping back in time and into a wholly different world. Paved in worn reddish-brown brick, the large public square was bounded by Hindu temples, historic statues, and brick buildings with dozens of potted plants lining the roofs.   What was most striking was [...]

On Being Aunt

By | March 26th, 2015|And Stuff, North America|

Years ago I dubbed myself Luckiest Aunt in the World, and Charlie (10) and David (6) are two of the reasons why. I’ve just wrapped up a tiring and rewarding nine-day trip where I was charged with taking care of these two bright and active children. My cousin and her husband were planning an extended [...]

Fifty Shades of Green

By | February 19th, 2015|Africa, Travel Tales|

Fifty shades of green. Go ahead, wrap your head around that and you’ll be surprised how many shades you will recognize. Kelly green, spinach green, hospital green, milky green, pistachio green and fern green, for example. They say the human eye can see 10 million colors, and while fifty shades don't seem to make a [...]

Ivories in Atlanta

By | February 17th, 2015|North America, Travel Tales|

Passengers banging suitcases into walls as they race to their gates, a child crying because a TSA agent confiscated her liquid filled snow globe souvenir, and metal chair legs scraping across food court floors are some typical sounds anyone hears when passing through any airport. On a recent flight to South Carolina, I changed planes [...]