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Standing in Place: Back Home from Travel

For more than six years, we’ve been ‘location independent,’ traveling constantly all over the world, without a home or even a home base. I’ve never in these six years completely unpacked my suitcase and I’ve proudly identified myself as a full time traveler. I don’t take these years for granted. Being free of stuff is […]

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Feeling Better on the Road

Under the Weather and On the Road: 13 Ways to Feel Better

Four years ago, at about this time of year, I was suffering from a cold or flu, and wrote this post. Judging from the photos, I was in Bangkok. I don’t recall having a cold since…until now. I can only guess why I’m struck down now: is it Minnesota’s winter, allergies (to dust, cats, or […]

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Pair Eagles

When a Traveler isn’t Traveling

Inertia is much on my mind lately. For years, the idea of discarding the comforts of home and routines of work and family was daunting. I balked when Tom suggested in the 1990s we move the family to Spain. I needed some modicum of structure, and managing a household didn’t encompass rolling off a cliff. […]

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The circus in Budapest is a daily affair.

Mapping 2015: Highlights and Snapshots

It’s been such a full year I needed to retrace our itinerary to get my head around all that we’ve seen in 2015. Initially, I just wanted to post some random images–previously unpublished–that have stayed with me and could represent this busy year. So I sifted through my photos in Lightroom, and then I referenced […]

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Forget it Jake, It’s France

At the end of the movie Chinatown, when things have deteriorated into yet another confusing mess, Jack Nicholson’s partner offers the following explanation, “Forget it Jake, it’s Chinatown.” Which means, of course, that there is no explanation for why things don’t turn out as you expect. That’s how one should approach France, especially if you’re […]

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Antwerp Central Station: How did I get here and where am I going next?

Seven Reasons to Avoid Travel Planning

When Tom and I start talking about the future, like next month or even next week, we ask ourselves, “Where will we be? What do we want to do?” And then we get distracted, thinking about dinner. Up until March, we didn’t know where we’d go next. We’d been in Iowa for an indeterminate time […]

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