Category: Adventuring

Hoofing It

Get to Know a City by Walking It The best way to learn a city, see its inhabitants, and begin to understand a place is by walking it. Catching a cab, taking a bus, hopping on a subway are all…

Fast Food Traveler

Soda and fries from McDonald's outside the Kremlin, Moscow. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

Although I am a vegan most of the time, a pain-in-the-ass restaurant patron who frequently orders off menu, and increasingly a locavore, I am not a foodie when I am traveling. I’m not going to Russia or Germany or even…

Cruise Ships: Where Smaller Is Better

Cruising always promised glamour and excitement for me. My grandmother, tired of being married and with an empty nest, ran away, not to join the circus, but to sign on with a cruise line. I have yellowed postcards from her…

Never Be the Slow Zebra

The Youthful Adventurer and I were snorkeling in the Galapagos Islands when we saw the shark. He kept swimming; we kept swimming. It was exciting to see one and good that he was a distance from us and that the…

Getting Going

I drove solo six or so hours to my high school reunion last summer and was surprised when I got there when one of my classmates said, “I would never have made that drive alone.” I remember thinking, Why not?…