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A History of Goodbyes

From the nostalgia of the train station goodbye to the disrobing at the airport. Continue reading

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Venice Evaporates

The weight of history, Disneyesque moments, gondolas, and the feeling that it has all been done before are highlights of a walk through Venice, Italy. Continue reading

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Dinosaur by the Shore

A 2007 trip to Coney Island makes us wonder: Can we mourn Coney Island for what it once was? Continue reading

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Mekong on the Mind

Escaping the heat of Luang Prabang for a day trip down the serene Mekong River. Continue reading

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Waikiki and What is Left of Paradise

Can Waikiki, the perfect paradise, since covered with concrete, reflect the days of yore? Continue reading

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The Isles of Ohio

I spent a day on an island off the coast of Ohio. This induces laughter among my friends because they think I am kidding. Yes, Virginia, Ohio has islands. Put-in-Bay is a village on South Bass Island, which looks like … Continue reading

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Bohemia is for Czechs

The backpackers were here first, as it always seems to be. Somehow, they find the cool places, because they are usually more willing to deal with the inconveniences most of us will not cope with: no running water, holes in … Continue reading

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Fjords (insert yodel here?)

On the fjord again. Just can’t wait to get on the fjord again. Every travel guide to Norway recommends the Norway in a Nutshell tour. When else will you be able to ride 4 forms of transit in a 10-hour … Continue reading

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Getting My Mind Around Prague

I have been absorbing Prague very slowly. The buildings (nearly all of them) are so old that they look better in black and white. If I took a picture & removed the retail store on the first floor, I could … Continue reading

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Give Pisa Chance

Reflections on a 2003 trip to Pisa Continue reading

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