Buenos Aires: First Impressions

Arealinea landing in Buenos Aires After a 9-hour flight from Miami, my plane ascended over a long, flat expanse, checkered brown and green, into Buenos Aires, a metropolis of high-rises interspersed with verdant parks.  After so many weeks of anticipation, my adrenalin soared.

The airport was filled with lively people who were, at first glance, mostly brunette and thinner than in North Carolina. It was warm and still light at 9 pm in January. My travel host was on time; we jumped in a taxi and headed for the Ritiro district. I felt hyper-ready for my adventure.
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Naples: The Sacred and the Profane

Naples, which was the last stop on our recent European adventure, has a reputation for being many unsavory things: from noisy and chaotic to dirty and dangerous. My BF and I had been to the area before to tour the ancient sites at Pompeii and Herculeum but we stayed a few miles away in Sant-Antonio Abate. This time we really wanted to see the National Archeological Museum.  We found a charming B&B, with an advertised “excellent location” right nearby.  Our 2-day experience was filled with paradoxical surprises, from the sacred to the profane.
Map of Naples
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Why? Why? Why?

I joined the Pangea196 work/travel program and I am soon heading to South America for four months. “WHY?” is the question I am asked most often. The simplest answer is “Why not?  If you have a job that you can do from ANYWHERE, why sit at home?”
the globe in your hand

And then, I’m asked… “But, really, why would you want to live with people you’ve never met, in unfamiliar places, surrounded by people who speak another language?”  Right now, I can think of five good reasons.
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Dubrovnik: Expected and Unexpected Delights

Dubrovnik was never really on my travel wish list.  I vaguely knew about it from reports of  the war in the early 1990s.  Then my BF met a customer from Croatia whose stories peaked his interest.  He did some web research, showed me photos of the Dalmatian coast, and we added this gem to our fall European itinerary. It was a marvel — a modern, thriving city with a deep sense of its past.

Dubrovnik red tile roofs
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Touring Yellowstone with a Group of Seniors…Who Knew?

Grand Prismatic SpringI consider myself a well-seasoned traveler. I’ve logged many miles, for business and pleasure, both in the States and abroad. Except for ski club trips, I’ve always traveled on my own or with one or two people from my inner circle (BF, family, good friends). I frequently noticed these large groups of people get off big motor coaches and file through tourist sites listening to their guide using some kind of headset. They are kind of hard to miss.  I scoffed at them, haughtily at times, thinking they looked like lemmings blindly following their leader. Then I took a 6-day Road Scholar trip to Yellowstone National Park and it totally changed my mind.
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Remote Year? Yes and No!

at airport, waiting to take off
Photo by Ashim D’Silva on unsplash.com

This is a response to my last blog post, which asked “To Remote or Not to Remote?” I admit; I did struggle with this decision. The thought of completely escaping my current life was so seductive. The thought of leaving all the things and people I love was so unnerving. I rode the roller coaster from very positive to “No way, Jose”, often in the same day, and landed on a compromise.
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