Travel


Week 1: Broom Closets and Bliss (but most definitely not at the same time)

(Insert bandoneon and violin.) So, my first night in Buenos Aires… (Skreech! Needle pulls off the record) was spent in a broom closet. What? Let me back up… Everything was going perfectly smoothly up until then. The flight was a breeze (10.5 hours wasn’t really that different from 9 hours which I’d done before), I [...]

Bay Area Buzz Pt. 2

The day we returned from the Yosemite trip I checked into the hostel and spent most of the day getting myself together—showering (there wasn’t much of that on the trip), napping, rearranging my luggage, checking email, etc. Later that evening, once we felt like civilized human beings again, I accompanied Paige to a belly dance [...]

El Capitan, Big Laugh Falls, and Other Savory Characters

As I prepare to depart from the Green Tortoise hostel to the meeting point for the Yosemite-bound bus, I meet two others going along from the trip. It’s a small and synchronistic world: the one guy was from Chicago, one neighborhood over from me. The other, a woman from Australia, was currently on the trip [...]

Southwest Chief: Chicago to Albuquerque

9/19/09 I made it. 26 hours on the train. It was lovely. Here are some musings from this leg of the train journey. Slow Train From Mid To West blue lollipop swirl sky / fluttering green corn field stripes / roads leading to…somewhere / yellow sparks in a sea of green / surprising hills / [...]