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[Weekly WOW #019] Discovering Bangers and Mash in England:

Evolution of a Family Christmas Tradition My first Christmas in England with the in-laws was fun, festive, interesting and only a tiny bit stressful. Having grown up with no Christmas traditions of any kind, I was eager to embrace those of Simon’s family, including the set-in-stone bangers and mash (sausages and mashed potatoes) on Christmas […]

Europe / Weekly Wow!

[Weekly WOW #018] The Trains in Spain:

High-Speed Gets You There, So You Can Take Your Time Being There Life is full of “firsts”, and if you’re lucky, most of them will fall under the category of WOW! I’m one of the lucky ones. Many of my “firsts”, such as my first ride on a high-speed train, have been of that class. […]

North America / Weekly Wow!

[Weekly WOW #017] St. Joseph’s Oratory in Montreal:

What’s a Nice Jewish Girl Doing in a Place Like This? When I was a freshman in college, there was one landmark I would see from the bus window on my way home from class that never failed to make my mind say WOW. This was St. Joseph’s Oratory of Mount Royal, the large domed […]

Europe / Weekly Wow!

[Weekly WOW #016] Squid on Steroids:

Bar La Campana in Madrid Calamari (deep-fried squid) is one of those foods that has no middle ground. For most, it’s either an emphatic “yuck”, or a definite WOW Using the above logic, Bar La Campaign in Madrid is either a place you will choose to pass by, or deliberately seek out. This is because, […]

Europe / Food & Beverage / North America

The Turkey Trot:

Thanksgiving On the Road Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday. The best way to spend it? At home, cooking a huge feast for our family, good friends and – as in recent years – a couple of young Marines from Camp Lejeune as part of our community’s Thanksgiving with the Marines annual event. But […]

North America / Weekly Wow!

[Weekly WOW #015] The Other Lincoln Bedroom:

The David Wills House in Gettysburg Gettysburg, Pennsylvania is one of those places that stays with you, no matter how long ago and far away your last visit was. It is an area of many diverse WOW’s. On our first visit to Gettysburg, but certainly no our last, my biggest challenge was choosing just one. […]

Central and South America / Weekly Wow!

[Weekly WOW #014] Sitio Barriles in Panama:

A Perfect Blend of History and Nature. While in Panama earlier this year, we drove from our rented digs in Boquete to visit Volcan high in the western highlands. But as usual, it was the unplanned surprise that WOWed us. Based on a conversation with an American expat in downtown Volcan, we found ourselves four […]

North America / Uncategorized

Six Legs Back at the Annapolis Boat Show:

A Year Later and a Lot Dryer It was just over a year ago that I put my first post, Six Soggy Legs at the Annapolis Boat Show, up on this blog site. In that post, I complained about the non-stop rain, talked about doing girl stuff while the guys lost themselves in gadget land […]

Middle East / Weekly Wow!

[Weekly WOW #013] Argan Trees

From Their Birthplace in Morocco, These Amazing Trees Spread Their Precious Oil Around the Globe Our first encounter with the argan tree (also known as tree of life) was in Israel’s Negev Desert, a long way from its origins in southwestern Morocco. The trees and the oil they produce turned out to be one of […]

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Great Take-Along Find

Drink Up! You Won’t Spill a Thing Whether it’s coffee, ice tea or water, it doesn’t matter. There’s a better than average chance I’ll find a way to slop it, drip it or knock it over entirely. This is especially true when I travel. But about a year ago, Contigo Autoseal mugs came to my […]