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 […]

Which Bus Number?

Which Bus Number?

We spend a lot of time online researching things. What city to go to next, what is the best airline and cheapest fare between two cities, and when we’re in a city, we use the internet to figure out what to do and the best way to get there. One morning in Edinburgh we had […]

Sunrise as we were descending into Reykjavik, Iceland on April 3, 2014.

Celebrating Six Months of Travel

  Darren and I shared a bottle of champagne the other night to celebrate six months of being on the road. When we left in early April of this year, I had one initial goal in mind. I wanted to stay healthy enough to travel for at least six months. Why six months? Well, it […]

Highland Games - Pitlochry, Scotland

Highland Games – Pitlochry, Scotland

Last weekend we took the train to Pitlochry, Scotland to see the Highland Games. We left from the Edinburgh train station. This is an interesting and beautiful glass ceiling above the waiting area at Edinburgh train station. The recreation ground where the games were held was a short walk from the Pitlochry train station, and […]