Earlier this year I received my British passport and officially became a citizen of two countries. It had been a long time in the making, what with back-and-forths with the paperwork to my dad, moving from one country to another, and also not really being able to apply while I still held a DoD security clearance. But this spring I held the tiny wee book of pages in my hand and cried.
Now TWO countries can tap my email!
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Why, hello, there! Have you enjoyed the soothing serenade of crickets here on the site, gentle reader? My deepest apologies for leaving you without astounding travel news and inspiration from around the world. I have been quite present on social media, however.
So present, in fact, that it has been paying the bills for the last several months – and a delicious vocation it is, too! I have added a new section to the old CV (that’s “resume” in Yank-speak): Social Media and Content Manager for Eating London Food Tours. That’s right, my dream has come true. I now get paid to play on Facebook ALL DAY LONG! BOOYEAH!
That, my friends, is Banana Bread Pudding with vanilla rum cream drizzleliciousness and… justomgoshyum!
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Have bunches and bunches going on, but couldn’t resist throwing together post about the breath of fresh air I got last week. Linda of Islandmomma and I went whale watching down in Baltimore, Co. Cork, Ireland, with Whale Watch West Cork! We went as regular, run of the mill schlubs, not as the rock star travel bloggers that we are (HA!), so I am putting this post up with absolutely no sense of obligation or guilt whatsoever. I just really enjoyed the trip.
Why hello there, my lovely!
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A couple of months ago I traveled to Nottingham. Regular readers will remember my tale of dinner with Robin Hood. I briefly mentioned one of my other favorite parts of the journey, but until now have not elaborated. It's time to remedy that situation!
When I was planning my trip to Nottingham, I desperately wanted to go cruising on a canal boat. I didn't know a thing about them other than that they were boats. On canals. But that was enough!
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I love this shot. So full of potential! What's around the next bend?
Jamie, the owner of Hire A Canalboat, chatted me up post-cruise and politely inquired, albeit with a slightly pained expression, if I'd really said that I "…dreamed of riding in a canalboat". I think he was trying to suss out if either I, or the tourism folks, had been exaggerating for the sake of dramatic impact. Well, I really did say that and it really was true. Ever since I can remember I've been fascinated with water traveling in narrow channels.
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Today's post is brought to you by my Uncle Bryan! He and my aunt travel to Japan pretty regularly to visit my cousin, who lives there. Here he tells of a lovely day trip you can take in Fukuoka.
It may be only a twenty minute train ride from the hustle and bustle of Fukuoka, Japan, but the Nanzoin Temple seems like a world away. Nestled on the side of a steep mountain hillside in the tiny village of Sasaguri, moss covered trails meander over babbling brooks and waterfalls and each turn in the path surprises with a new altar or Buddhist statue. The mountain itself is serene and majestic with tall redwoods, giant bamboo, ferns, and blossoming fruit trees.
Try to find two faces that are alike. Go ahead, I dare you.
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"We don't see things as they are,
we see them as we are."
~ Anais Nin
"Spirit says you will take peyote tonight." This was the message from the medicine cards to a Tarahumara friend of mine many years ago. She was an adult and I was a kid in high school. Our unplanned afternoon conversation carried us through the evening and into the early hours of the morning, baring our souls and covering topics even the most inspired artist could not have predicted. The meaning of the card was clear. Although we had indulged in no mind-altering substances, we might as well have. We had gone on a journey together.
People have always been central to my travel experiences. I had dreamt of traveling to Egypt for ages. When I finally experienced the pyramids, the Temple of Hatshepsut, King Tut's tomb, and Abu Simbel, it was satisfying on a soul level to have accomplished a goal. What made it touching and memorable, though, were the individuals with whom I connected, however briefly, while there. The same thing happened recently in Nottingham. It's so fresh that it's still resonating when I wake up in the morning, sip tea, or sit in front of my computer.
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Working together with strangers comes naturally on the canals.
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Scattered around Cork are various elements marking historical events throughout the ages. The juxtaposition of ancient and contemporary is one of the things I love most about living in Europe. Now centuries old pubs not only have historical stone and brickwork, but running water (hallelujah!) and wifi, as well. On Barrack Street in Cork you can find automobiles, neon pub signs, a garda station, and a centuries old star fort. …You know, just something you pass on your way to the grocery store.
Star fort or fire-breathing Lego turtle?
Not everyone who lives in the city remembers where Elizabeth Fort is. Even for folks in the neighborhood, it's hard to get a sense of the scale and shape of the thing when simply meandering past. This helpful panel inside the fort lays it out quite clearly: it's Gamera.
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