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It was fifteen years ago today …

Fifteen years ago today I had a first kiss. It changed my life. That kiss led me to five years of marriage – a state into which I was certain up until then that I would never enter. That kiss led to me learning how to better communicate my emotional needs and desires, to learning [...]

Hi, it’s me again.

It has been a Very Long Time since I last wrote here. But well, today’s kind of a big deal. You see, two years ago today I left Seattle, embarking on my plan to ride my motorcycle to Bangkok. But a funny thing happened on the way: I fell in love with Europe and decided [...]

Volume Three

I’ve been back in Barcelona for a little over two weeks now, and it has been quite the delicious whirlwind. Meetings to help plan upcoming events, great parties with friends, meeting lots of new people, exploring the city a bit more, feeling root tendrils starting to sprout and grab hold. This is a wonderful place, [...]


Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes

“Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” – John Lennon, “Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)” Those of my beloved readers who have been following my plans since the beginning know that my itinerary has changed several times along the way. My very first draft itinerary was to spend last summer in [...]

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2012-01-27

Finding a cheap place in Marrakech for a month with kitchen and wifi is a little bit challenging. I'm sure something will come up. #fb # I just bought a pair of size 34 jeans. I haven't worn this size since 1996. #fb # Moroccan drivers at stoplights seem obligated to honk as soon the [...]

Twitter Updates for 2012-01-20

Warring food cravings today: Full English Breakfast vs. brown rice, veggies, tofu, tahini sauce. Neither is a viable option. #fb # Powered by Twitter Tools


Itchy Brain Syndrome

It’s good to have options, except for the times when choosing between them becomes difficult. For the last few weeks, I’ve been intending to head south for a bit, traveling through Mauritania to visit Senegal and perhaps Mali. I even spent several days in Rabat and paid about $50 for a dual-entry transit visa for [...]

Twitter Updates for 2012-01-19

Today marks nine months since I left Seattle. I've gone through 15 US states and 19 countries so far. Hopefully more this summer. #fb # Powered by Twitter Tools

Meknes

By the time Jane and I set off from Chefchaouen, we had stayed a night longer than expected both there and our first stop, Asilah. We did so once again in our next destination, Meknes. During our time together, we had several conversations about the difference between tourists and travelers – both falling into the [...]


Chefchaouen, Morocco

After our time in Asilah, Jane and I headed on to Chefchaouen. A lovely everything-painted-blue town in the Rif Mountains, and apparently one of the hashish capitols of the world. When we stopped in town to try and figure out where our guesthouse was (quite a ways out of the main part of town, and [...]

A Month in Morocco

If you’re following me on twitter or facebook, you probably know by now that I’ve been touring Morocco for the last month. Currently I’m enjoying a reasonably warm, sunny day in Rabat (after several days of foggy-clammy-cold), as I await a transit visa for Mauritania. I’ve spent most of this month traveling with a companion, [...]

“Why haven’t you been posting?”

Greetings from Morocco! I’ve gotten the question “Why haven’t you been posting?” a couple of times lately, and I don’t have a solid answer. Mostly, I’ve just been enjoying being present in my travels, and haven’t felt inspired to pull myself out of that state in order to reflect and write about my experiences. That said, [...]


Giving Thanks

Today is Thanksgiving in the United States – a day of family and too much food and sometimes, hopefully, a bit of reflection on what brings value and meaning to our lives. To that end: I give thanks for my health, my wonderful families – both blood and chosen. For my freedom and fortune to [...]

J’aime …

… la France. Wow, I’ve really loved my time in France. I’ve been all over in the last month: Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, Lyon, Medoc, Nantes, Mont Saint-Michel, Paris, Tours, Dijon, (back to) Lyon, Grenoble, Gap, Digne-les-Bains, Aix-en-Provence. Currently I’m in Cassis for a couple of days, then on to Nice for a week. Such a diverse country [...]

Luscious Lunches

Luscious Lunches

Dining in France is truly delightful, as many of you probably know – and others surely suspect. In the last several days I have had two fantastic lunches, detailed below. It is not my intention to torment my readers, yet I suspect that despite this, that will be the effect for some. For this, I [...]


Potato Chips as Cultural Indicator

I like potato chips and other crunchy-salty-savory snacks. Back home, I don’t eat them often, but I do indeed like them. A little ways into my trip, I started noticing that each country has their own peculiar twist when in comes to flavoring potato chips. On this trip to date, my favorite flavors have been: Ham, [...]

For Inquiring Minds (France! Wine! Food!)

Since a few people have asked what wine I’ve been drinking in France … When I go out to a brasserie, I usually just have whatever house rosé or rouge they have, depending on what I’m eating. Generally I don’t bother asking what it is, I just cheerfully accept it. When I was staying with [...]

A Tale of Three Cities

I’ve enjoyed a much more leisurely pace for most of August, spending a week each in Budapest, Prague and Vienna. These cities have many similarities, architecturally, culturally and otherwise, but each has its own unique feel and flair. This period has been my most relaxed and tourist-oriented of my trip thus far, and while it [...]


In The Meantime …

I am going to (try to) start interspersing shorter, more off-the-cuff posts with the big missives I’ve been writing lately. I want to update this space more frequently than I have been – partly to keep a better record of my travels for future reference, partly to reassure folks at home that all is well. [...]

A Week In Romania

I recently spent most of a week in Romania, much of that time spent attending a big traditional Hungarian wedding celebration for two friends from Seattle (the groom is Romanian by birth, Hungarian by blood). While there, I experienced some lovely riding including a few epic off-road adventures, and was quite charmed by the country [...]

Five Days of Beauty (and Rain)

Over the course of last weekend and early this week, I spent five days riding from Barcelona to Munich. My route crossed many beautiful places, from the coastal Pyrenees, through the wine regions of Languedoc-Rousillon and Provence, up and over the Alps from France to Italy, thence to the low agricultural plains of northwestern Italy, [...]


Going Nowhere

[If you're not interested in Burning Man and its culture, you might want to skip this one.] At the beginning of July, after spending a month in northern Europe, I pointed southward, destination: Nowhere. The Nowhere Festival is an eight-year-old festival inspired by Burning Man, held in the Aragon desert of northern Spain. Many of [...]

Fashion, Turn To The Left

Fashion, Turn To The Left

My friend Monika, with whom I am staying while in London, is a talented costumer in addition to being a living statue and mime performer. The other day, she generously asked me to do a rather impromptu photo shoot of her and her friend Marta in some of the costumes she’s made. Being a big [...]

Beauty of the UK Countryside

After my first frustrating night in England, my travels here have been delightful, interspersed with wonder at the sheer beauty of the landscape. I spent a couple days visiting a friend in Nottingham, then northward to Glasgow where I stayed in a hostel for a night, ate haggis, drank Scottish ale and slept well. The [...]