Europe

Azores: Get Here Fast!

More than a decade ago, I had the opportunity to visit Iceland with several friends. Even though, thanks to a blunder calculating the exchange rate, we were broke on arrival and forced to survive on Icelandic lunch meat from a gas station, it was fantastic! The Azores (located in the...

Highlights of Seville, Spain

Seville, Spain is also known as Sevilla, España. My visit, during one of the hottest parts of the year, left me with beautiful pictures and sweaty clothes. After a great night’s sleep, it was time to explore Seville, which is universally acknowledged as one of Europe’s hottest...

Getting to Seville

Happy Independence Day from Seville, Spain (a/k/a Sevilla, España). Checking out this incredible city (probably my favorite city in Europe so far) required first getting here. And it took me a full 24 hours. After an overnight flight from Washington to Paris, I had a tight connection to...

Benelux Lockdown

My cousin recently approached me asking about where I’d recommend he spend a year living in South America. Since I’m a “fast traveler,” I wasn’t really in a position to advise him about where to spend such a long time. So I asked for some clarification. “What are you looking for in a...

Walking 25 Miles in Edinburgh

Since I’d been working in Northamptonshire for the week, I thought I’d tag on a quick trip to Scotland for the weekend. As you probably could tell from my last post, I’m an unabashed Anglophile. But, I’ve never been super tight on my terminology. So, on the flight...

Strolling Through the English Countryside

In all of my travels, my favorite place to visit is Southwestern Virginia. I’m sure part of the reason is because it’s where my family is from. It may also be because I’ve been visiting that part of the world as long as I can remember. Or maybe – and I think this is the real...

(Few) Spanish Surprises

(Un)fortunately, this trip to Madrid and Tenerife proved relatively uneventful. I woke up with a sore throat thinking about the long flight to Madrid.  This wasn’t going to be easy. I rarely get sick, but when I do, it’s usually a pretty rough time. And the idea of having a cold at 36,000...

The Kennels of Amsterdam

The guy next to me on the flight from Cape Town was very talkative. At some point during the flight, he was complaining about his three hour layover, which prompted me to counter with the 11 hour stint I have here in Amsterdam. Apparently, another guy on the plane heard me because as I...

Reflections on Copenhagen

As I’m typing this, I’m sitting in the KLM Club at the Amsterdam Schipol Airport watching men standing in line for a service desk to zealously guard their frequent flier miles. My journey is about 38,000 miles. Jeeze. That’s a long way. Anyway, Copenhagen is marvelous...