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Exercise: Begin a Story – “Strange Lands”

“It’s time to go, and I get up to find my bag. The people in the rows around me are muddling along just as I am. Despite this, I am obsessed with the idea that I’m not moving fast enough, and that they all hate me for my incompetence as an international traveler.” Continue reading

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Point of View Exercise – Travel Memoir (of 2014, written in 2020)

The man, pausing momentarily in uncertainty on Platform #3, makes a sudden turn as if kicked into gear. He marches down the stairs. He banks around a local man and his aged wife. The old man drags luggage up the ramp running alongside the stairs as the wife looks on in the silent judgment of a person who both requires someone’s assistance and one who doesn’t approve of the manner in which the assistance is being rendered. Continue reading

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The Summer 2019 Grand Adventure is Planned!

My special friends: Summer 2019 is on the docket! My wife and I, still counting as newlyweds I think, are headed for the Continent for a two-week honeymoon – much delayed and much anticipated. It’s a different experience for me … Continue reading

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Summer 2017: By the Numbers

Here’s the 2017 Summer trip by the numbers: 54 days, thirteen cities, thirteen airports, two ferries, three islands, one new mountain range, five new countries, two train rides, and two times across the Atlantic. 16,765 miles (26,980 km) flown. 791 … Continue reading

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Rail Travel in Europe

I get a kick out of train rides. We’re really missing out in the U.S., I can tell you. Some of us have ridden the Amtrak trains – I have on four occasions for somewhat lengthy trips and once more … Continue reading

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