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

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

Belgium: Chocolate, Beer, and Cars that slow down

There’s good news and bad news. Bill –for some reason– always likes to start with the good news, so the good news is that we’ve arrived to Europe! Belgium, specifically. Within the first twelve hours, I had beer, chocolate, waffles, mussels, ice cream, and frites (fries), and I did not fear for my life while crossing any street! WHAT A … Continue reading Belgium: Chocolate, Beer, and Cars that slow down