Just Back From
The people are great — everyone was so willing to joke! Notably the opposite of the advice I found on travelers' sites, which warned tourists that Azeri's don't like to smile.
LONGYEARBYEN, Svalbard – Even when interrupted by the occasional snowmobile, the silence was deeper than any I've experienced.
GALICIA, Spain − We traveled through forests, farmland, and tiny medieval villages. We and ate anchovy sandwiches at the cafe where Hemingway hung out during the running of the bulls.
COPENHAGEN – Kodak moment? This sounds creepy, but walking through Assistens Kirkegård, a cemetery where Hans Christian Andersen and Søren Kierkegaard are buried.
YOSEMITE, California – I found an abandoned cabin with chairs on the patio in the middle of the countryside with no trail leading to it. It looked like something left over from a movie set.
KERALA, India – Any surprises? A mouse found its way into my bag and spent the night gnawing at a bag of peanuts I had from our flight. I released him back into the sea of rubber trees from which he came.
BONAIRE, Dutch Antilles – I didn't snorkel even though it's one of the best snorkeling and diving spots in the world! How could I have missed that? I'm afraid I was too relaxed.
PRAGUE, Czech Republic – I was surprised at the weird US brands that kept cropping up — TGIFridays and Hooters seem out of place amidst all the medieval, romanesque, and gothic beauty.
TOKYO – You can get anything you want here, but the local specialty is taking a common concept — rice balls, coffee, macarons, whatever — and elevating it to an art form.
PALM SPRINGS – We laid on the floor while a series of quartz crystal singing bowls keyed to the energy centers of the body were played. It's like mental floss for your brain.