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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

Trip: Trip 1: Portugal, Spain, UK, and Ireland

There are [8] stories from my trip: Trip 1: Portugal, Spain, UK, and Ireland


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 [292]

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


Britishisms

UNITED KINGDOM | Thursday, 11 Feb 2016 | Views [425]

England does not feel very strange to me, maybe because I've been there a few times before, or because of our shared cultural roots, or because of our common language. In cultures that feel different, and especially when you do not speak the language, ... Read more >

Tags: american, british, culture, english, sabbatical, travel


Last Night in Spain, People, and Numbers

SPAIN | Friday, 5 Feb 2016 | Views [426]

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 [434]

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


The Curious Case of Lights and Language

SPAIN | Thursday, 28 Jan 2016 | Views [434]

The curious case of lights If you go into a bathroom in Europe and can't find the light switch, that's probably because it is outside the room. In the hallway. Where any passerby could turn the light off while you're using the bathroom and leave ... Read more >

Tags: europe, language, light switch, lights, 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


Lisbon Impressions

PORTUGAL | Thursday, 21 Jan 2016 | Views [425]

Lisboa, Lisbon, Lissabon, Lisbonne Quote from Fernando Pessoa (1888-1935), Portuguese poet, born in Lisbon: "Over seven hills, which are as many points of observation whence the most magnificent panoramas may be enjoyed, the vast irregular ... Read more >

Tags: lisbon, sabbatical, travel