The Cathedral in the Plaza Zócalo in Mexico City is the largest church in the Western Hemisphere. It’s a Unesco World Heritage site. But, with a few exceptions–and not that … Read more
As we sat eating our lunch in a rooftop restaurant in San Miguel de Allende, I noticed a woman had been at her window peering down at the customers for … Read more
Her sales station was right outside our hotel in San Miguel de Allende. Her expression says she’s not much liking having her picture taken, but I was able to work … Read more
The homes in San Miguel de Allende often display various pieces of individual decoration. Sometimes this is paint, other times it’s door handles. The bull says, come on in. I … Read more
We visited the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone in the early fall of 2008. We day hiked every day, splitting our time between the National Park on the Wyoming side, and … Read more
Since 9/11 I’ve reentered the United States from travel abroad more than a dozen times. Each time, it is more unpleasant. Many people I’ve met in other countries who have … Read more
The Horseshoe Falls of Niagara Falls. The view from the Canadian side is pretty impressive. Especially when you see those boats sneaking up on the cascade. The Canadian version of … Read more
Being back in the United States makes me feel two ways: it’s like vacation so I don’t feel like posting, and it’s just not that damn interesting anyway. So, a … Read more
I grew up in Council Bluffs, Iowa. According to my grandfather, Council Bluffs was, “the only town that ever hurt Chicago.” I’ve given his pronouncement a lot of thought over the years and I’ve still never quite figured out what it meant.
Maybe it was because Council Bluffs made fun of Chicago on the playground when they were kids. Or maybe it was because someone from CB wrote a letter once to someone in Chicago saying that having broad shoulders and being hog butcher to the world wasn’t really that great. Especially when Carl Sandburg went on to mention that it was also the city of skanky whores and slimy gangsters.