I believe that one of the most overlooked aspects of travel is the ability to become anyone you chose to be during a trip.
Whether your day job is in custodial services, mechanical work, or at the other end of the spectrum from a CEO or an anthropologist, we all pretend to be someone else when we are on vacation.
Monaco gives . . .
The story of the Phoenician Princess Elissa (Dido) has always struck me as one of the most interesting creation stories of the Old World. The tale goes that after the death of her husband, she moved onward to a new land with a number of followers and founded Carthage (New City) off the coast of current day North Africa. Inevitably, another . . .
Capital of Andorra
Contorted on two inclined seats on a bus which originated in Portugal, I spent the night hearing mumbles of gossip in Portuguese while I faded in and out of sleep. A routine stop at border control and the turning on of overhead lighting brought me to my senses. At that moment, I peered out into the darkness to see a sign that reassured me . . .
State of Aragon
My quiet arrival to Zaragoza on an early morning train from Barcelona was not met with any fanfare. My local bus ride into town was as casual as if I was going to work or school like the other passengers. I greeted the morning by making my way to the historic center flanked by expensive stores and office buildings and finally arrived at my . . .
informerly known as Czecha
The evening of my fourth night in Mala Strana (Lesser Town; Prague), I walked by a long strip of stores, bars, and side streets dotting the area and providing casual meeting places lit by modern lanterns that glow and remind me of a fading color postcard. The sun is setting, and I am simply wandering to the River Vltava feeling lost, awash in . . .
I enjoy hindsight. Looking back at a particular moment and re-examining it with a fresh perspective usually comes with regret for a direction we did not take or knowledge we would not have until later.
In this case, I have no regrets only appreciation.
As I wrote this post and reviewed the photos from my trip to Taipei, I realized . . .
State of Catalunya
I've become fascinated with history culminating in 1492, including the 1469 marriage of Isabella of Castilla and Ferdinand of Aragon, the early Romans who entered Spain (Hispaniola as the Romans called it or España now, and the region the Greeks called Iberia). Just past the Pyrenees is the region known as Catalonia and my newfound . . .