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Bikes in Amsterdam

Snapshots of Bikes in Amsterdam

When Taido met me at the station in Amsterdam, he immediately started warning me about the possibility of being hit by a bike. “We’ve already had a few close calls.” he said. He and the boys had been in the city for two days prior to my arrival. And while I know my tendency to …

London History Tour, Context Travel, Thames River Treasures

Bankside Beach Combing for History

Bankside Beach Combing for History: A London History Tour Simon was waiting for me as I got my usual pat down in security. (My dreads always have to be manually checked to be sure I’m not hiding something in them.) We both walked over to where his backpack had been flagged. The man behind the …

Malta Limestone Heritage

With A Rock and Stone

With a Rock and Stone: A Story about Malta’s Limestone Heritage I could not stop taking photos of the detailed limestone carvings. After my third or fourth question about the soft honey-colored rocks, my attentive guide made a phone call and added an unplanned stop to our itinerary. “I haven’t been here since I was …

Airplanes and babies, Flying with kids

A Story about Babies on Airplanes

Would it be awkward for me to come up to you on an airplane and ask to hold your crying baby? I mean I know that you don’t know me. But I’m melting over here into a puddle in 30D because your frazzled state is taking me back. I remember the sweating from the endless …

A Walk in Meteora {Greece} (43/48)

A Walk in Meteora, Greece I would love to one day meet the free climbing monks who hauled stones in baskets to build monasteries on the tops of these otherworldly rock formations. I think they must have possessed a patience and determination that is practically nonexistent in today’s world. We wandered in their footsteps, through …

A Story about My Sister, Calling For Me

A Story about My Sister

She’s Calling For Me There are two kinds of people in the world. Those who like to talk on the phone and those who don’t. I am one of the latter. Seriously, when text messaging was invented, I was like, “Where have you been all my life?” But my sister Anna? Well, she’s a phone …

The Group of 13 in the Midst, Fellow Pilgrims, Coast to Coast, #48walks

Coast to Coast: Fellow Pilgrims

One of the great joys of walking the Coast to Coast with an extrovert was that we met tons of other people along the way. Diane was always willing to say, “Hello. We’re walking the Coast to Coast. How about you?” Endlessly enchanting in all her Southern charm, Diane has a beautiful gift of being …

Snapshots of Tea, Tea on the Coast to Coast

Coast to Coast: Upon Arrival

Upon Arrival: Coast to Coast Lodgings Discovering our particular establishments among the small hotels and B&Bs in the villages along the Coast to Coast was like a treasure hunt waiting for us at the end of each day’s walk. When we arrived at our new place to sleep each night, we were usually greeted like …

Coast to Coast, Long Day Strategies, Macs Adventure

Coast to Coast: Long Day Strategies

I have always maintained that making it from Point A to Point B on a long walk is more of a mental game than an endurance test. Physical strength definitely comes into play, but I believe your mindset wins the day when it comes to covering the distance. Wainwright’s Coast to Coast is 196 miles …

Coast to Coast, Yorkshire, Kirby Stephen to Keld, Nine Standard Rigg, Children Welcome

Coast to Coast: Children Welcome

Coast to Coast: Children Welcome We had been watching for them all day, expecting to glimpse them around almost every corner. My husband, Taido and the kids were joining us for the weekend. After five days and eighty miles, the distraction of their arrival was a welcome one, keeping my mind from focusing on the …

Coast to Coast, England, MacsAdventure, Yorkshire, Lake District

Coast to Coast: Rising to the Occasion

Coast to Coast: Beginnings Rising to the Occasion A year ago I had never before heard the name of Alfred Wainwright, but I had recently met one of many great hillwalkers who have walked in his footsteps. Hillwalker was a term with which I was just beginning to become familiar, having previously only used the …

Snapshots of Engelberg, Switzerland, Europe

A Story about Switzerland

As I have been recapping my summer travels, you might have noticed that I skipped something when I went from Paris to our trip home through the Lake District. I skipped about four weeks that we spent in Switzerland. I have been saving it, holding it in my hands and heart like a precious gem, …

A Story about the Louvre Museum

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Snapshots of Engelberg, Switzerland, Europe

A Story about the Man in Seat 68

A Story about the Man in Seat 68 If Kings Cross is the heaven of train stations, clean even when it is not serving as the setting for Harry Potter’s interlude between death and life, then Gare de Lyon is hell. Deceptively gorgeous from the outside, the inside is filthy and chaotic, more keenly felt …

A Story about Trying Something New

A Story about Trying Something New Or alternately titled, Stepping into the Arena Once upon a time I stood up in front of people and made a fool out of myself. I’m not sure how else to put it. I acted (badly) in plays, I sang some especially mediocre ‘specials’ with my sister in church. …