Apparently, the Universe was granting wishes from my junior high dream journal, because I somehow spent a day walking puppies along a Caribbean beach and then chatting with Wil Wheaton for 30 minutes. Is this real life?!? Firstly, Boat was super late leaving San Juan, because one of the official Holland America tours was stuck Keep reading
JoCo Nerd Cruise: Part the Second. March 2023
It’s morning, and we’ve arrived at our first port of call: old town San Juan in Puerto Rico. The colors are stunning: the water, the buildings, and the plants all feel extra vibrant in this sunshine. We wander a little and then return to wait for the Holland America tour up the Fort (Reagan’s choice, Keep reading
Do you wanna go on a Nerd Cruise? JoCo Cruise: Part one. March 2023
So, autumn 2022, my sister asked me if I’d be willing to be her “backup” for the upcoming JoCo nerd cruise in March. She’d always wanted to go, and had booked a cabin. But her boyfriend Kevin has reservations about the Covid protocols (or lack thereof, as it says they’d basically be following Holland America Keep reading
Bavarian Vaccination Vacation: May 2021
And so I’m slowly continuing to post the 2021 & 2022 trips that I never wrote about. For this edition, cast your mind back to spring 2021. You remember, it was during Season Three of Covid. Vaccine rollouts were happening, slowly, across the country. There was hope in the air. Vaccines were shown to be Keep reading
Favorite books read in 2022
Of the 80+ books I read this year, here are my favorite 20. FIREKEEPER’S DAUGHER by Angeline Boulley Wonderful. Devoured this in two days. Daunis’ narrative voice is so refreshing and real and hyper-intelligent and observant and clever. I loved this journey, even though this span of her life has some real grief and hardships. Keep reading
Gibraltar Monkeys, Cambridge daytrip, Queen Funeral flight delays. Sept 2022
Gibraltar, final day in London and Cambridge. Sept 2022 Hey, here I am writing my final trip update sooner than one month after returning home. This is maybe a record? It sure seems that, if I don’t type up my blatherings about my final days on the plane home, then it takes awhile for me Keep reading
Lisbon gave us all the weather and all the castles. Sept 2022.
First full day in Lisbon, and only day with predicted sunshine (*shaking my fist at tropical storm Danielle, although guess I’m glad it downgraded from a Hurricane before getting to landfall). Off to explore, sunscreen and protective hat in tow. (My dermatologist would be proud!) Our hotel is near the Avenidas da Liberdade (lovely large Keep reading
Porto is ridiculously charming. Sept 2022
Porto airport hallways felt like Tron, or entering the Disneyland Star Tours adventure. Immigration line was efficient and moved quickly. I was nervously preparing my few broken portuguese phrases when the immigration officer accidentally launched/threw my passport across the desk and onto the floor. He’d been intending to hand it back and things somehow got Keep reading
London, real time updates. Sept 2022.
ok, so I haven’t caught up to real time/still have several small domestic trips to blog about. But since I’m off using my passport for the first time in a few years, I’m just continuing my journey of growth and learning to accept imperfections. And so here I’ll be posting my occasional stream of consciousness Keep reading
Whidbey Island getaway: Mid-pandemic, Feb 2021.
Remember that first covid winter. Vaccines have just become available for frontline workers (I think) but it’s still gonna be a few months until civilians are eligible. And it’s been a long dark and isolated winter. Craving some type of getaway, I found an Airbnb in Oak Harbor. So my housemate and I, having been Keep reading