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Finding the Words

When you travel, finding the right words to communicate can be a struggle. It may be a matter of simple politeness, ordering the right ingredients for your pizza, knowing the difference between trousers and pants, or even how to find emergency services.

US vs. Italy vs. Ireland

From the archives – and freshly updated! – comes a little piece comparing the 3 countries in which I've lived.  Seemed fitting in light of the fact that we are soon leaving Ireland to head[…]

The Trees of Mystery!

Redwood forest, California, USA We woke up in our tent among the redwoods, continued south toward San Francisco, and stopped to see a few quintessentally American attractions.  Dario's first visit to the US simply had[…]

Spider Woman (Rock!)

Canyon de Chelly, AZ, USA Today's post is by Vera Marie Badertscher (pictures by Charnell Havens) and should probably have been titled something like "Amazing Navajo Art and Tradition" or "The Natural Beauty of the[…]

Whidbey Island

  Showing a friend pictures of Whidbey Island, Washington, where I lived before moving to Europe, got me feeling a little nostalgic, as Whidbey is just a gorgeous, gorgeous place.  I am really glad I[…]

Rosemary & Olive Oil Almonds

Napa, USA When Dario and were in Napa visiting Emily and Charlotte, we stopped at the Robert Sinskey Vineyards for some wine tasting.  The tasting was pretty overpriced, frankly, and there was only 1 wine[…]


Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park, California, USA It's rather Burl-esque, wouldn't you say?   Get it, get it?   Wow, tough crowd.   How has nature been amusing you lately?  

Day o’ Napa

8 Aug. 2010 Napa, CA, USA   A quick day trip for winetasting and visiting friends!  We stayed with my friend, Charlotte, in Marin County and dragged her along when we went to visit Emily[…]