First Stop, Cleveland

When Brook Silva-Braga announced he was quitting his job to spend a year traveling around the world, his coworkers said it was a great idea; however, his boss confided that some of them were whispering, “There’s the idiot . . . the one who’s giving it up.” But like many of those who have caughtRead more

Theater in the Round

This is my last post from across the pond. The sun has set on what was a glorious final day in London. We started at the street markets along Portabello Road in Notting Hill. Despite just having had breakfast, I couldn’t resist a cupcake at the Hummingbird Bakery. And finally, our day ended in Shakespeare’sRead more

War Room

Even if you’re not into war history, you might enjoy a visit to the Cabinet War Rooms, part of the two-year-old Churchill Museum. Churchill used these underground bunkers to conduct World War II and protect himself from the bombs falling all over the city. The day the war ended, the rooms were locked up withRead more

The whole world in my hands

It is possible to travel the whole world by just visiting the British Museum. I spent most of my time in Africa, especially Egypt. The museum has an astonishing quantity of statues and mummies (including Cleopatra). As much as I enjoy seeing these artifacts, they would have more meaning, or context, if they were returnedRead more

London calling

I have been indoctrinated. As we passed deeper and deeper inside the Cadbury chocolate factory, we were told again and again by holographic 19th century figures that Cadbury was awesome in every way. The company was one of the first to offer benefits to the factory workers, it built schools and hospitals for the townRead more

Roundabouts and chocolate

What do Duran Duran and the Cadbury bunny have in common? They both have roots in Birmingham, England. We actually thought we would have made it further south on Monday, but the roads, signs and roundabouts are confusing. Yesterday morning, it took hours to find the town of Roslin, which is only 12 miles southRead more

Crazy duffers

Like devout muslims performing the haj–or pilgrimage–to mecca, golf enthusiasts come to St. Andrews, Scotland, to visit the birthplace of golf. Even though it was raining heavily on this Sunday afternoon, diehard fans of the sport, and us, were wandering the links of the Old Course behind the the Royal and Ancient Clubhouse on theRead more

Edinburgh

I don’t know how many times I’ve tried to start writing this entry. I think I’m having a bout of writer’s block. That isn’t good since I’m sitting in the Elephant House, where J.K. Rowling scribbled the “birth” of Harry Potter on a napkin. Shouldn’t I be inspired to write something? Is it possible thatRead more

U.K. adventure to begin this Friday

It’s perfect timing for a trip to the United Kingdom. The flights have never been safer! Chris and I will be heading to Great Britain on Thursday night for 10 days in celebration of our 10th Anniversary. We had been considering Newfoundland and the French colonies of St. Pierre and Miquelon for the last yearRead more

Uberlandia, Brazil

Uberlandia, Brazil, is not much of a tourist destination. I found that out when I was looking for some information on where I would be going after Argentina. I pulled out the Lonely Planet guidebook and scanned the index for Uberlandia, but there absolutely nothing written about the city. I don’t understand how a cityRead more

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