Monthly Archives: February 2013

The Barriga Break, an introduction

Last year, knowing my sister was returning to the United States, I opted for one more go at the Patagonian region before I might find myself without local connections in Chile (happily, my brother-in-law and niece stayed put).  I invited my niece for a graduation trip, and before I knew it Omar had donated his […]

Six Word Story, Feb 16 2013

Sunscreen: don’t leave home without it.

Chaos in Cairo- Part II

Having just experienced the hustlers’ hat trick,  I contemplated what it means to be an experienced or “seasoned” traveler in the context of handling potential hustles.  Obviously, it’s having acquired a certain wisdom of the modus operandi of many countries, but I think it is also being secure and comfortable saying “no” without feelings of being […]

Chaos in Cairo- Part I

Put yer spurs on kids because the horse called Cairo is one wild pony. Is this a city where a person should let their hotel arrange their daily excursions? For dilettante, want-to-be, self-sufficient travelers Bobbi and I shy away from such silliness. When we travel to distant lands we not only want to see the […]

Reflections on Istanbul

“If the Earth were a single state, Istanbul would be its capital.” – Napoleon Bonaparte I love cities where old and new coincide (or maybe even collide?).  One of the first things that grabbed me about Rome was the modern stores housed in ancient buildings: Gucci, Prada, Ferragamo and other designers I’ve never heard of […]