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Beer Garden in the Rain

First night in Innsbruck.  It’s started raining again.  But I’m sheltered safely in the beer garden under an umbrella, not planning to leave soon.  My feet, pants, and umbrella are already wet so it’s not in an effort to stay … Continue reading

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Welcome to Innsbruck: So Wet You Can’t Get Any Wetter

I walked through the rain in Innsbruck.  Jeans soaked to my upper calves.  Not wanting to turn back to my hotel.  Not wanting to miss a moment.  After my reading-while-riding-backward-on-the-train headache wore off, I headed out.  The skies threatened.  I … Continue reading

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I Heard My Language On the Train

The American voice on the train stood out above the consonants and vowels of all the other languages. Continue reading

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Train Anxiety

European train travel has a way of making me feel anxious. Continue reading

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Gaudi and a State of Beige

How the architecture of Antoni Gaudí in Barcelona makes me crave color. Continue reading

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Traveling as a Mortal

I had a disturbing thought while driving today, which I am typing up without much additional thought.  Is travel really a reminder of our mortality, as much as a celebration of our living? We travel to places on our bucket … Continue reading

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The strangest hotel museum. Ever.

Tucked in the basement of a century-old hotel in downtown Frostburg, Maryland, once home to cock fights and a speakeasy, is the strangest hotel museum I have ever encountered. Continue reading

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Travel Quote

Travel Quote: A big, bearded man … tells me the story of his life, which concludes with the line “I was too stressed out working at the Hilton, so now I just take the ferry back and forth.” Continue reading

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Moved by the Movies

Vienna, I fell in love with you in a movie. But you have not been my only one. I fell in love with Paris and Venice, too, even though they have never looked at only me. Continue reading

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Travel Quote

“[Another] family viewed maps as innocuous wall hangings … My parents saw maps as suggestions.” Continue reading

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