Author Archives: Penelope

A condo in the clouds

It’s snowing. I am enveloped in a cloud. The Wind whistles. All I see is white, and a few nearby buildings. The rest is lost in the swirling mists.   Our Airbnb condo is in downtown Montreal, and when our … Continue reading

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It’s been awhile…

but I’ve decided it’s time to revisit and restart the travel blog. We have been distracted for a number of years with work and life generally, but it is time to get out and change our perspective once again. ¬†And … Continue reading

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Cliche Travel Photos

Slate has published a slide show of clich√© tourist photos, available here. I must admit, I was expecting the Leaning Tower of Pisa picture, and wasn’t surprised by the Taj Mahal or Rocky Balboa. But would you want to kiss … Continue reading

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Homebound

Do you have a symbol for your home? I do. Everyday when I come home from work, I cross the St. Johns bridge. Dedicated in 1931, the St. Johns Bridge crosses the Willamette River in North Portland. St. Johns itself … Continue reading

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Chicharron

Eating is a big part of travel, or at least it is for me.  When I was young, I traveled quite a bit and was very lucky to have parents who coerced me (maybe forced me) to try everything once.  … Continue reading

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Perfect Hottub Weather

Local Severe Weather Alert for Lincoln City, OR …HIGH WIND WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 8 PM THIS EVENING TO 8 AM PDT SUNDAY FOR THE SOUTH WASHINGTON AND NORTH AND CENTRAL OREGON COAST… A HIGH WIND WARNING REMAINS IN … Continue reading

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Post-Vacation Funk

I’ve been a bad blogger. We got back from Hawaii almost a month ago. I still have several topics from that trip to blog about (including the near-confiscation of Homer and an embarrassing fall near a waterfall) and I just … Continue reading

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A Message to Old Ulysses from Young Ulysses

Twenty years from now, when we come back to Maui, walk your fat ass into the water to put on your snorkel fins. If you put them on when you’re on dry land, there are two options: (1) you walk … Continue reading

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Maui Mornings

We sit on the lanai watching the sky lighten as the birds greet the day with loud “chirrups.” It is sticky, but not yet hot. A gentle breeze ruffles the leaves of a tree just beyond the railing and it … Continue reading

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Luau!

A trip to Hawaii just wouldn’t be right without a luau! I know they can be cheesy, have mediocre food and incredibly weak drinks, but The Feast at Lele broke all of these stereotypes. There were four (yes, four) courses … Continue reading

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