During my recent trip to Chiang Dao, “City of Stars,” I climbed 500 stairs every morning to reach a mountaintop Temple in a remote reach of Northern Thailand. As I loped up the wide, meandering stairs lined with motivational messages on either side, I recalled a set of stairs in another remote part of …

Meditating at Chiang Dao Temple.

I didn’t see much of Chiang Dao before my bag and I were whisked into a waiting songthaew bound for a 10-minute ride up a winding hill to Malee’s Nature Lovers Bungalows. There was nobody in sight, so I stooped to pet a tail-wagging dog and waited, still recovering from the efficiency that had …

When I first decided to travel to all of the cities that my partner saw during his European adventure in his last year of life, I was pretty excited that Prague was on the list.

Some time ago, my partner’s dad and step-mom decided to do a once-in-a-lifetime trip with their sons. When they asked Jeff and his brother where they would like to go, I am told that Jeff was immediate with his response: Prague, Vienna and Budapest. So, they walked mile after mile through those three cities, …

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 …

When my best friend says she needs a weekend away, I immediately pack my bags. It’s not often that Marlena can get enough time away from work to do laundry let alone travel, so it was understandable that – on this rare getaway weekend – she just wanted to do nothing. That meant no …

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