The Problem With Self-Examination

Some bits about Geneva and Montreux, Switzerland as well The Rhone runs through Geneva, making it easy to always know where you are. One of the many reasons I travel is self-reflection. It’s an opportunity to step outside of yourself and examine who you are. I’m not sure why, but it’s easier to see things… Continue reading The Problem With Self-Examination

Adjusting to a New Body and A Different Mindset

One of the difficult facts one must face when you grow older: we live in a world shaped and dominated by the young. I’m not mad about this, it’s just a fact. It’s difficult to shield your eyes from beautiful young people everywhere. It’s a reminder of two things: 1) you’re not young anymore, and… Continue reading Adjusting to a New Body and A Different Mindset

An American in Faro and Some Bordeaux & Toulouse Highlights

Why I Love Faro and Plan to Stay Put When you live in a place where they speak a different language and the customs are not what your accustomed to, you cannot help but ponder on how you fit in. The truth is that I have never fit in. Family, school, neighborhood, work, social gatherings… Continue reading An American in Faro and Some Bordeaux & Toulouse Highlights

Liverpool & Travel Woes

It’s Time to Piss & Moan About Travel (at the end of my blog) The Purpose of this Trip If I’m going to be honest, Liverpool, England, was never on my travel wish list. Fortunately for me, I landed at a restaurant in Mexilhoeira Grande, Portugal, and ended up sharing plates with Jane and her… Continue reading Liverpool & Travel Woes

The Four Year Mark

In Faro, Portugal [Pics from home and travel] The Past, Present & Future Much of the blog below was written at my one year milestone in Portugal. I thought after three years, a pandemic, a great deal of reflection, and trips to many places, I should provide new insights. A Brief Overview (I’ll note updates)… Continue reading The Four Year Mark

Cuba Part II

Havana My State of Mind No doubt I will disappoint a lot of people with this post. I never thought of this trip as a pleasure trip. I had read about, saw things and heard about injustices going on in Cuba my entire life; seeing it for myself has been something I felt I had… Continue reading Cuba Part II

Revisiting Happiness

It ain’t rocket science. Today Thanksgiving has and will always be my favorite holiday. Why you ask? It’s all about the food, being with people you choose to be with (can’t speak for everyone here), and there are no presents involved. I’m attending a Thanksgiving dinner today with all of the trimmings . . .… Continue reading Revisiting Happiness

Lyon and Grenoble, France

Finally made it to Lyon after three attempts — thank you COVID-19. EasyJet decided to change my return flight prior to leaving Faro, enabling me to extend my adventure several days and take a trip to Grenoble. I’m going to mostly write in real time; it’s easier on the ol’ noggin and I can post… Continue reading Lyon and Grenoble, France

Vila Real de Santo António

A gem on the southernmost border of Portugal and Spain Please keep in mind, my travelogues are more about sharing highlights than telling you what not to do. I have happily lived in the Algarve for 3 1/2 years now. I have only visited Vila Real de Santo António once and that was for a… Continue reading Vila Real de Santo António

Portuguese Wine Country: Alentejo in All Its Splendor

I was discussing Portugal and all there is to discover with some friends recently. We decided that this is a good time to explore some of the places we have not yet visited. COVID-19 cases are way down in Portugal. This was a fairly impulsive trip with very little planning, save for the hotel in… Continue reading Portuguese Wine Country: Alentejo in All Its Splendor