“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 [...]

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 [...]

Ahh, Complications

Today I learned about an interesting little treaty known as the Schengen Agreement that created an essentially borderless region throughout the member countries – most of the countries in the EU. This makes border crossings much easier once you’ve entered one country in the Schengen Area. That sounds good, right? Yep. So, why complications? Because [...]

Travel Medicine FAIL

I showed up this afternoon at the main UW Medical Center on campus for my appointment with Travel Medicine – got directions from the information desk to head down to the 2nd floor, room 240. Get to 2nd floor – no signs anywhere for Travel Medicine. A nurse guy asks if he can help me, [...]

I’ll have a shot … of everything

Two days ago, my friend A came over bearing homemade chicken soup, sourdough rolls and kombucha, to help eradicate this cold I’ve been wrestling. As I ate the delicious soup, we sat and talked, catching up – since we hadn’t seen each other in a while. During the conversation, A asked when I was leaving. [...]