My Birthday on Thassos

I have to explain something about me and birthdays. The first thing I want to say is that I love the idea of birthdays, of having one day a year where it’s your day, where friends and family and retail businesses acknowledge: “Hey, we’re glad you’re alive and with us. Here’s a discount code.” And obviously, it’s … Continue reading My Birthday on Thassos

The Siren Song

There was a book that I brought with me on the Global Scavenger Hunt (I brought more than one book, actually) because I foolishly thought that somewhere along the journey I would have had time to read. I did not have time to read. But as soon as I returned to Providence, I retrieved this … Continue reading The Siren Song

I ❤️ NY

This trip was a curious one. When I returned from Greece (the first time), I was kicking and screaming. When I returned from Greece (the second time), I did so begrudgingly. When I returned from my working holiday in New Zealand, I experienced culture shock. (People at LAX were not as “No worries, mate!” as everyone in … Continue reading I ❤️ NY

Iceland in 24 Hours

Iceland.   I could tell you the story of Iceland, but I think the pictures will do a much better job. Here’s the deal. We arrived into Iceland, congregated into a circle at the airport, and were told to “Be Free.” Instead of bussing to our hotel, we were given the hotel’s address and told … Continue reading Iceland in 24 Hours

Ireland at Last

We made it to Ireland!!! After eight trains, one midnight ferry, one lost phone, and $800 worth of tickets, we finally arrived! We left our less-than-50-euro hotel at 1:30a.m., boarded the 2:40a.m. ferry, and entered a weird twilight zone where we were amid hundreds of seats, several cafes, and a theatre, with maybe only 20 people, none … Continue reading Ireland at Last