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Florence and Food

Oct 7, 2011
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Being a solo traveler means I have lots of time to take notes! This blog is a distillation of the notes I took while eating…

Firenze – Just Arrived

Oct 6, 2011
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May 6 I just arrived in Firenze after a smooth and easy first class train ride on the fancy EuroStar from Rome. It took just…

Benvenuto Roma

Oct 6, 2011
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Ciao I arrived in Rome on October 5 after two long flights–Vancouver Toronto and then Toronto to Rome. The Vancouver flight was late getting into…

Stars on Ice

May 22, 2011
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I went to see Stars on Ice last night with my mom and dad. I like figure skating—well, really, who doesn’t? Not that I’m a…

A Walk with Dad

May 22, 2011
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“We sure like it here.” “It’s very beautiful, Dad. You’re really lucky.” Dad and I step onto the seawall just outside my parent’s apartment block…

Getting to Know My New Friend

May 18, 2011
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So, I’ve had my shiny new MacBook for about two weeks now and I confess that the relationship is developing with far more ease and…

West Coast Rain

May 18, 2011
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I have lived on the west coast of Canada all my life and so I know rain. I mean I really know it. I can…

Gym Get Going

May 14, 2011
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What is a one syllable word that is a synonym for virtuous? That’s right. Gym. G.Y.M. When you go to the gym, you feel virtuous.…

Ferry Adultery

May 9, 2011
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I feel like I’m committing adultery. My palms are sweaty. I feel palpitations in my heart. I cast furtive glances over my shoulder. Any minute…

I Do the Unthinkable

May 3, 2011
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I did the unthinkable today. I strode through the double doors into Future Shop, quickened my pace past the ranks of PCs and veered left…

Estremoz – October 18

Oct 19, 2010
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I sit in the bar of a fabulous restaurant converted from a 16th Century jail in Estremoz and sip the remainder of my wine. I…

Evora – October 17 and 18

Oct 19, 2010
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Now here’s a town that invented charming! Evora is a walled town dating back to Roman times that just reeks with stylish and historical beauty.…