Note: As of mid-October 2019, tourists are not being admitted onto train street. There are ongoing efforts to reopen the famous street in a way that is safe for all involved but as of Nov. 18, 2019, train street remains closed. In America, we are used to barriers, “no entry” signs, and laws limiting …

Houseboats and Cafe's along Regent's Canal

When I booked a one-way ticket to Europe, I thought I would write and write and write. And, while I have written, it is not, as expected, a slew of blog posts that I’m putting on paper. Instead, it is the book that I have talked about writing for years that is suddenly pouring …

Anyone who lives in Chicago takes pride in being fluent in neighborhood-ese, the geography, jargon, best bars and BYOBs in the diverse and distinct neighborhoods that spiral out from the city center (“the Loop”). So, I shouldn’t be surprised when another city slaps me in the face with a neighborhood that simply kicks ass. …

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