Mingling in Madrid

Greetings! In light of the coronavirus pandemic, we currently cannot travel anywhere physically, so I shall take you on a virtual trip to Madrid. Mom and I took the train to Madrid from Barcelona last September. It is ideal to combine visiting the two cities because each provides a very different experience and perspective on…

Best Books of 2019

Greetings! One of my goals for 2019 was to read at least 52 books. My voracious reading proclivities combined with a long commute to work helped me meet and exceed this goal. Looking at the different books I read made me reflect on how much I learned. In case your fingers are tingling for a…

Basking in Barcelona

Greetings! I feel slightly guilty about my extended absence, but to reassure the reader, I have not forgotten about you. I have simply been buried by other commitments, but rest assured, I’m back with an exciting tale about a trip to beauteous Barcelona! Mom and I traveled to Barcelona in September. September is an ideal…

That’s the Joust of It: Hever Castle

Greetings! We had long been plotting a venture to Hever Castle for a jousting tournament. We originally planned to go on Will’s birthday, but in typical British fashion, it poured that day and foiled our plans. In the end, having to postpone our trip worked out for the best because we were able to take…

Tea Tour of London

Greetings! Did you know that if you spill Queen Elisabeth’s tea, it is considered a threat to British sovereign-tea? Sorry, I couldn’t resist beginning with a tea pun. After all, there’s no better way to kick off this part-tea. Anyway, moving on. When my dear friend Rebecca (a fellow tea aficionado) visited London, I rejoiced…

Lake District Tales

Greetings! I have a tale to share with you. Like all good tales, it includes a dramatic setting (magnificent green rolling hills), an evil villain (the weather), and a questionably valiant heroine (yours truly). The story begins with a reluctant acquiescence. A few months ago, Will proposed that we spend five days hiking in the…

Bewitched by Bruges

Greetings! A romantic tale I have to share. ‘Tis not a tale of a beautiful lady, but rather a beatific city. When Will and I last visited family in the Netherlands, we embarked on a day trip to Bruges. Bruges is the capital and largest city of the province of West Flanders in the Flemish…

Dover Castle: My Kind of Knight Life

Greetings! As many of you know, night life is not exactly my thing. However, I shall happily indulge in knight life anytime. Hence, when mom came to visit London recently, a journey to Dover Castle ensued. Dover Castle is a medieval castle in Dover, Kent, England. It takes approximately two hours on the train to get…

On Sojourning Alone

Have you ever gone on a date by yourself? Booked a table for one? Traveled alone? When I express that I enjoy doing things alone, people tend to look at me as if I had just sprouted a third arm. In a world obsessed with connection (see the 1 billion worldwide members of Facebook for…

When in Rome

Rome. All roads lead there, or so they say. Did you hear about the Italian chef who died? He pasta way. I’ll spare you the rest of my Italy puns (although I have as many as an Italian grocery store has tomatoes) and jump into the story of my time in the Eternal City. Upon…