International Women’s Day in Cuba

The magazine’s reception desk was empty when we arrived, but we could hear voices not far away. My former partner and I had come to Cuba during the heady days of Obama’s second… Continue reading

What I’m Seeing in Ukraine

My friend in Kyiv managed to send her two children outside the city. They should be safer there, but she has to remain with her elderly mother, sleeping on a mattress in the… Continue reading

Ukraine and What to Do About It

My friend in Kiev sounds exhausted. Her family lost everything when Russia invaded the Donbas, and she was just getting back on her feet when this current round of menace began. “Just a… Continue reading

The Salt Mines of Salina Turda

Have you ever taken one of those glass-sided “sky elevators”? Up the side of the Victor Emmanuel Monument in Rome, in the Reina Sofia museum in Madrid, and China has a doozy or… Continue reading

Taking a Moment

A former tour member and friend (the latter invariably follows from the former) just asked me how difficult my Romania tour will be. I started my reply with the medieval cobblestone streets, gentle… Continue reading

Love on the Same Street

Whether it was the communal tea cups in Myanmar street food stalls, the hotel in Sri Lanka whose only housekeeping between guests was to straighten the sheet, or the row of used soaps… Continue reading

Bucharest’s Ugliest Street and Weirdest Hotel

It may be the ugliest street in Old Town Bucharest. So much so in fact, that I took a photo there on my first trip, without noticing the hotel behind me. But it’s… Continue reading

Bucharest Gifts and Mailing List Debut

I’ll be honest, I don’t always read the newsletters I sign up for. Who has the time? So now that I’m going to be producing one, can I help people not feel that… Continue reading

Time to go!

At least two reasons are telling me not to say this, but it’s time. Because my flight leaves in five hours, so since I haven’t gotten any cancellation emails and my covid test… Continue reading