Category Archives: Travel

Your First Cruise: Do-s and Don’t-s

This is my second departure from the normal tone of my posts (the first is here). There will be nothing here of the search for happiness or the quest to understand, no descriptions of exotic places or lyrical flights of … Continue reading

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Long Live the King

If we managed to tear our eyes away from the circus act that is the U.S. Election 2016, this week in other headlines, we learnt of the death of the Thai king. I read this news item with interest, as I … Continue reading

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Why travel outside our comfort zone?

Faithful reader, you know that I love to travel. Did you know that people sometimes ask me why? I could give them the (yawn) cookie-cutter internet-search answer that vacations reduce stress, leave us rested and rejuvenated, with improved productivity when we get back … Continue reading

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Athens

Athens, capital of Greece, is an ancient city, with a history going back more than 3000 years. Its influence on Europe is so great that it is called “the cradle of Western civilization”. You go there expecting a living monument … Continue reading

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Portugal

Would you like to spend your next vacation enjoying the perfect combination of charming historic city and beautiful natural surroundings? Pick Portugal. We flew into Lisbon, and right away, we made the two and a half hour drive to Lagos. … Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Greek Islands

Cyclades. Two islands, not that far apart. But what a study in contrasts. Our first stop in the island cluster of Cyclades was at Milos. The Cyclades, by virtue of being gorgeous, and just a short flight from Athens, are … Continue reading

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First Class

“I have some good news”, my husband texted me with a smiley. “Call me.” I was in Calcutta, eating mangoes*, and missing him sporadically. When I called, he announced, “I got you first class for your flight back.” First class on … Continue reading

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Summer Vacation

My father does not swim. I’m not old enough to walk yet; my sister is a toddler. Balancing me on his arm, and holding her by the hand, He walks into the waves. My father loves the ocean.

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Border crossings

“Imagine there’s no countries…” John Lennon sang those words from my heart. Why do we have countries? Specifically, why do we have borders between countries? Who are we protecting, and from whom? What are we demarcating? Those little pieces of … Continue reading

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Costa Rica

I am an ungrateful wretch. I am on vacation in Costa Rica, and counting the flaws of this country. Primarily, all the attractions are far away from each other. None of the paved roads go all the way to any place … Continue reading

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