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The Dangerous Business of Going Out Your Door I am often tired of myself and I have a notion that by travel I can add to my personality and so change myself a little. I do not bring back from the journey quite the same self that I took. - W. Somerset Maugham

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Final Days in Frankfurt and the Numbers from Germany

GERMANY | Sunday, 5 Jun 2016 | Views [376]

My last days in Germany found me in Frankfurt am Main, a city I had never visited despite having passed through so many times before, both by plane and train. I am not the only traveler who has been skipping it. Out of the millions of people who transit ... Read more >

Tags: asparagus, budget, craving, frankfurt, germany, main, sabbatical, solo, spargel, travel


Looking for Croatia and Seeing Myself, and the Numbers

CROATIA | Thursday, 19 May 2016 | Views [270] | Comments [2]

Why Croatia? Trundling through the Austrian Alps, I was excited to finally see Croatia, a country that had been calling to me for some time, even before the sabbatical began to take shape. The pleasure of solo travel had worn thin in the preceding ... Read more >

Tags: balance, budget, croatia, enough, red rooftops, sabbatical, solo, travel, zagreb


Confronting Privilege in Prague and the Numbers

CZECH REPUBLIC | Tuesday, 26 Apr 2016 | Views [323]

I wish I had more to say about Prague, but I just don't. After Bulgaria and the Baltics, Prague did not have very much of an Eastern European feel to it. It just felt like a big, modern, Western European capital. It was beautiful and it lived up to its ... Read more >

Tags: budget, czech republic, guilt, prague, privilege, sabbatical, solo, travel


Role Reversal in Bulgaria and the Numbers

BULGARIA | Tuesday, 19 Apr 2016 | Views [320]

Bulgaria had the mysterious power to line up external circumstances and ambiguous expectations in such a way that provided us with a fabulous time. It started in my husband's childhood. He had a calendar that featured a different European capital each ... Read more >

Tags: black sea, budget, bulgaria, ovech, provadia, sabbatical, sofia, travel, varna


Riga Reflections and the Numbers from the Baltics

LATVIA | Tuesday, 12 Apr 2016 | Views [283]

I usually have an impression of a place before arrival, and that often predetermines whether I will like it. The impression may or may not be based on anything very substantial. Perhaps I have tucked away a vague memory of a news report or a photograph, ... Read more >

Tags: budget, latvia, riga, sabbatical, solo, travel


Aurora, Helsinki, and the Numbers

FINLAND | Friday, 1 Apr 2016 | Views [301]

Leaving Norway on an Aurora High My goal in going to Norway was realized in the end - I saw the northern lights!!! Going on guided light chases will certainly wreck your budget (see below), but it was totally worth it. You have to be able to get ... Read more >

Tags: aurora borealis, budget, finland, helsinki, northern lights, norway, sabbatical, solo, travel, tromsø


Summary of Numbers from Trip 1

USA | Sunday, 27 Mar 2016 | Views [159]

I never posted the final overall numbers for Trip 1, so here they are. They include all accomodation, transportation, food, admission fees, etc. 30 days 4 countries, 10 cities 5 flights, 4 buses, 2 trains Redeemed 40,000 AAdvantage miles ... Read more >

Tags: budget, sabbatical, travel


UK, Dublin, and Numbers

IRELAND | Tuesday, 16 Feb 2016 | Views [291]

I've struggled with what to write about the UK and Dublin. I had a great time, but the problem is that they felt too familiar to say much about them. My muse is a combination of strangeness, solitude, self-reliance, and idle time. There wasn't enough ... Read more >

Tags: budget, cotswolds, dublin, james joyce, sabbatical, swenys pharmacy, tea, temple bar, travel, warwickshire


Last Night in Spain, People, and Numbers

SPAIN | Friday, 5 Feb 2016 | Views [425]

Last Night in Spain I starting writing this in Seville, but it has been difficult for me to finish. I haven't written much about Spain/Andalusia yet because, to be honest, the cities just didn't inspire me as much as Lisbon did. It's not really ... Read more >

Tags: andalusia, budget, córdoba, granada, lisbon, maugham, sabbatical, seville, travel


Hostel Life After 30

SPAIN | Sunday, 31 Jan 2016 | Views [433]

After staying in about 10 different hostels in my early 20s, I had not seen one in 15+ years. If you're in a similar boat, or have never stayed in a hostel, here's the experience I've had so far with staying in three different hostels in my late 30s.... Read more >

Tags: budget, hostel, over 30, sabbatical, travel


Last Night in Lisbon, People, and Numbers

PORTUGAL | Saturday, 23 Jan 2016 | Views [408] | Comments [1]

Last Night in Lisbon I am sorry to see my time in Lisbon come to an end. It ushered me so gently into this endeavor that I have begun to feel quite comfortable here, and I am looking ahead with a little bit of nervous anticipation again. I have ... Read more >

Tags: budget, lisbon, portuguese, sabbatical, travel



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