The narrow perils of driving in Spain

Un viaje en España – Day 1 – Arriving in Madrid Summer break. There are no two sweeter words to a teacher. I wasted no time. By the next morning after school was out, bright and so not cheerful at 4 AM, the taxi driver arrived to pick me and my friend/comrade-in-crime and take us to…

What to do on Jeju

Diary of an Autumn Leafer – Jeju, South Korea  About a three hour flight from Hong Kong is a small Korean island called Jeju. The island made its living from seafood, and now, tourism – mostly of from China at about 85% of the usual tourist trade. October holiday, a blessed week that we get…

Learning to deal with Disappointment

Notes from a Pacific Northwest Road Trip – To the lighthouse(s) On the southern section of Long Beach Peninsula is the once-named Cape Disappointment State Park. An interesting name, to be sure, one garnered from one man’s – I bet you guess it – disappointment. One of the little history plaques – either that, or the…

More fringe than an 80s hair band

Notes from a Pacific Northwest Road Trip – Packwood to Long Beach Before we left this area completely the next day, I commandeered the SUV to take us up to Mount St. Helen’s. Apparently, there was a viewing platform from which to best see the sleeping beauty, and I wanted to see it as clearly…

An evergreen state of mind

Notes from a Pacific Northwest Road trip – Washington State  When I have a proper school holiday off, I am seldom idle when it comes to travel. I guess you can say I *might* be a little a addicted to travel and never staying in one spot for very long. I love scoring a perfect flight for…

Sweet home, Chicago

Anglotopia Day 24 – Time to say good-bye  It was a little bittersweet as I made my way to Heathrow that final morning in London. The skies were bright and blue, sunshine warming the landscape, and to be honest, I didn’t really want to leave. I’d gotten to know London in a new way, and…

The perils of an old cottage

A side story. We were bundled up against the creeping chill of a rainy English day, watching a film called The Woman in Gold, when, out of the corner of my eye, I first saw the Beast of Bonsall. It was the sort of creature from a horror movie. It was large, dark, and had long, spindly legs…

It happens to the locals, too.

So, Helsinki, Finland. My flight took me through Helsinki on Finnair, and I ended up with a day-long layover in Helsinki. When I arrived in Helsinki from Krakow, I knew I just had to hop on the hotel bus and it would drop me off at my airport hotel. I ran out to the bus…

A tale of train tickets

When I arrived in Bratislava, I purchased my ticket for the overnight train to Kraków and a couchette reservation. At the time, that sounded rather nice – and, as the lady had convinced me – cheap. However, while that was the cheapest way to hang out on the sleeper train, I wasn’t excited by sharing…

There are better things to do at 2 AM.

One of which is not waiting in immigration. CNY Holiday 2016, Part 1 The long evening began with trying to get a taxi to take me the Airport Express in Kowloon. I easily enough got a cab, but it was the wrong colour cab – a green one. Even though Kowloon is part of the…

A [not so] fairy tale delivery story

Based on a true story of daily life in Hong Kong. Once upon a time, there was a fair, kind, and young(ish) maiden living in a lovely village up the very steep hill from the big kingdom. This fair, kind, and young(ish) maiden wanted to get her groceries delivered, and she waited two very long…