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Europe 2017 – Summary, Part One

August 24 – November 15   This trip was unlike any that we have taken in the past.  Three major factors defined this difference: We would not, except for a brief period, be using a car for transportation We would not do any camping With the exception of our time with Francois, we would not […]

Europe 2017 – The Camino de Santiago – Part Twelve

October 16 – 18, Santiago de Compostela We finished off the Cava and in a light drizzle walked over to the Pilgrim’s Reception Office to see about getting our certificates.  As it was late in the day the line was pretty long, likely a 30-minute wait and knowing we had all of the next day […]

Reflections on a Changing Charlotte

An article in the August issue of Charlotte Magazine, Last Land on 485: The Oehler Family Farm, recounts the changing nature of Charlotte and its impact on those who have lived here for many years. It evokes a number of thoughts I’ve been pondering since our arrival, most based on my observations and grounded in […]

A Brief Pause

My laptop crashed over a week ago while we were visiting California last week and I couldn’t get it in for repairs until yesterday.  I hope to have it back by the end of this week and once in hand will resume posting to the blog.  Most of you have likely breathed a sign of […]

How English took over the world – From The Week

This brief article from the current issue of The Week bolsters my contention that we found English to be much more prevalent last year in Europe than in prior trips. John McWhorter The Wall Street Journal The future belongs to the English language, said John McWhorter. English is rapidly becoming what the creators of Esperanto […]

2014 in review – Thanks to All of You Who Helped to Make My Blog a Success

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 5,200 times in 2014. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 4 trips to carry that many people. Click here to […]

Holiday 2014 – Back Home and Planning for The Next Phase

So, what’s up next for our intrepid travelers? Our return home went smoothly, slipping easily into a new routine that would carry us forward until our departure for the west coast in mid-December. For Joanna this means volunteering at the Horse Protection Society of North Carolina Inc., a horse rescue operation in China Grove once […]

Bittersweet the Leaving

The last 2-3 weeks have presented a peek at what the future will bring for us in the next couple of years, as we separate from the security of our day-to-day work lives and adopt a lifestyle not necessarily dependent upon a fixed schedule.  The first glimpse was during the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend, when for […]

A Funny Thing Happened Friday Night

A funny thing happened to me last Friday night.  A colleague from work, Kemet, had won a pair of tickets to the Charlotte Bobcats basketball game and invited me to join him.  I picked him up prior to the game and we made it into downtown (Uptown) Charlotte easily enough, found parking in the dirt […]

Where Did that Energy Go?

During this countdown to whatever it is we’re going to call our status after we depart for Europe in May (retirement, no longer working full time, in-between jobs?) I’m encountering a phenomenon I knew would occur, but really only surfaces from time to time. This is the “That’s the last time I’ll do that” syndrome. […]