Now that our careers in the Foreign Service are over, we relive Christmas memories through our decorations. Unable to fly home at Christmas, we enjoyed Christmas around the world. Turns out, Santa Claus has several different names. In the Czech Republic, St. Nicholaus...
How many of your friends come home from Italy and rave about Matera? It wouldn’t have been on Guest Blogger Helen Henry’s itinerary if a friend hadn’t suggested it. And now she and husband, Hank, are telling everyone, “You have to see Matera.” Matera is a...
The Long and the Stout of It It’s rare to hear the words woman and beer aficionado in the same sentence. That wouldn’t describe me. But when I passed the beer pouring class at Guinness, I did graduate to the status of beer snob. How I psyched myself into drinking dark...
“The sacred Ganges River taught me to raft.”
“In that polluted brown stew?” the doubters laugh.
“No, fellow travelers, have no fear.
Above the cremation ghats, it’s mineral-water clear.
But maybe you’ll be bumped out of your boat, Land in a stream, and struggle to float.”
“Feet Forward!” the raft guide will tell you to go.