2019 Travel Recap

I'm ready for 2019 to come to a close and look forward to 2020 -- the 'Roarin' 20s' of our lifetime. I'm going to be prioritizing my health, both physical and mental, time with family and friends, and new adventures in the new year and new decade. This past year has continued to impress upon …

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Planning to Visit Japan

We've been trying to plan a trip to Japan for several years now. This fall the stars aligned and we are actually making it happen! Brian visited Japan in 2014 for work, traveling to Tokyo, Kyoto, Utsunomiya, and Nagoya. He came back raving about the experience—the architecture, the cuisine, the hospitality, and the efficiency and …

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Literary Travels: Reading Lolita in Tehran

I always have a book in hand, but the one I just finished had me so engaged while I was reading it--and has continued to intrigue me after having finished it--that I thought it was worth some commentary. I've been reading a lot of fiction lately but Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi is an autobiography--'a …

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2013 Travel Recap

Each year I try to recap the places I've been. I didn't start my blog until 2009 (years prior to 2009 involved lots of travel so I don't know how I would have recapped all of that!) and the trips have been reasonable--both domestic and international, and some not so far from home. Although I …

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Honeymoon Travel: Ionian Coast

The last port of our honeymoon cruise was along the Ionian Coast of Turkey--Izmir (formerly Smyrna). I was fascinated with Turkey and would love to return--we really only touched the surface of Istanbul, and Izmir and Ephesus were a completely different experience that really indicated the incredible vastness of what Turkey has to offer. Although …

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