My Guide to Using Airbnb for Apartment Rentals

My Guide to Using Airbnb for Apartment Rentals

Airbnb is a website for vacation rentals and lodging. It acts as an intermediary between hosts (someone with a place to rent) and guests (people like me looking for a vacation rental or other lodging). I like Airbnb. We’ve rented most of our places with them in the past 8 months of travel in Europe, […]

Eight Month Update (from Spain)

Eight Month Update (from Spain)

I have several blog posts half written, and none of them are really coming together, so I thought I’d do an update instead. We’ve been on the road for just over eight months, and here are my thoughts: We’re in Torremolinos, Spain, staying in an apartment right on the beach. It is fun to wake […]

Random pictures from Portugal

Random pictures from Portugal

I just stepped out on to the balcony of our apartment in Fuseta, Portugal to snap this picture of the clouds: and now suddenly it is pouring! A rainy, windy day seems like a good day to share with you a few random pictures of things we’ve seen in the area. The sunrises here have […]

Shells in the sand at Barril beach

The Sounds of Fuseta

As I travel slowly and spend a month in one place, I notice and get used to the sounds of the place. Here are the sounds of Fuseta. The local train going past on the tracks that run east to west along the Algarve. The neighborhood rooster. He’s not loud enough to wake us up, […]

Beaches in the Algarve

Beaches in the Algarve

A windy, cool and cloudy day seems like a good day to finally do a blog update. We’ve had some beautiful sunny days here in Portugal, but also some rain and strong winds. It is fall, after all, so I don’t expect perfectly sunny days all the time! We’re staying in Fuseta, which is a […]

7 Month Update, from Portugal

7 Month Update, from Portugal

We’ve been traveling for just over 7 months now, which is at times quite difficult to believe! Here are a few thoughts on our travels: Portugal feels lie a vacation from our trip. There are palm trees, the ocean is a beautiful blue, there is fine white sand on the beach, and it is off-season […]

Fall in Richmond

Fall in Richmond

I’m in Richmond, England, and thought you might want to come along on a walk with me. Richmond is a suburb of London, to the west of central London. A few things to know about Richmond: It is in the flight path for Heathrow airport, one of the busiest airports in the world. There are […]

Llangollen, Wales

Llangollen, Wales

We had a great time recently when we spent a week in Llangollen, Wales. First, let’s get pronunciation out of the way. Welsh is a notoriously difficult language for the non-Welsh to pronounce. Llangollen is pronounced something along the lines of “thlan-goth-len.” The “ll”is more of a “thl”sound, and then there is this extra sort […]

Hove Huts

Hove Huts

I went out for a walk this morning while it was sunny, and spent some time listening to the waves on the seafront in Hove, England. Hove is on the south coast of England on the English Channel, and is just west of Brighton. My walk started with going downstairs in this old elevator. Our […]

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle

On the day before we left Edinburgh, we visited the castle. We had seen it many times from many different viewpoints in Edinburgh, but it took us 3 weeks to actually go inside and visit. I’m glad we waited, because I learned in that time that my friend Linda has a family connection to the […]