monthly archives: May 2011

My troubled eyes

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When I was 18, I failed my driving test.  Three times.  (Thank you for ignoring why it took me until I was 18 to take my test to begin with.)  As if my intimate familiarity with the Seattle Metro system … Continue reading

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4 Countries, 3 Continents, 2 Weeks: Oxford and Chichester, UK

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Ahhh… the home stretch.  It’s a funny thing to arrive in the UK on Monday night and feel like we’re basically done.  We travelled from an 18 hours time zone difference to 15 hours to 9 hours … so arriving … Continue reading

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4 Countries, 3 Continents, 2 Weeks: Weinheim, Germany

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When I was 21, I backpacked across Europe.  Two-thirds through the trip I met up with my best friend.  We made our way to Prague then travelled to Frankfurt.   In Frankfurt we met a couple of grifters at a train … Continue reading

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4 Countries, 3 Continents, 2 Weeks: Singapore

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It occurs to me that the way I write these accounts here will shape the way that I remember them.  If I write only of the lush, cosmopolitan tropics of Singapore and the gratitude with which I am traveling the … Continue reading

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4 Countries, 3 Continents, 2 Weeks: Brisbane

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 The best thing about Brisbane cannot be its coffee.  Nor its nachos.   Right.  Why would I order nachos 12,000 miles away from Mexico?  Because Australia is like America with a better accent, so I got confused for a … Continue reading

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4 Countries, 3 Continents, 2 Weeks: Melbourne

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It’s a strange feeling to be so far from home when you hear that Osama bin Laden has been killed.  I am patriotic but don’t buy into war.  I am liberal but believe that people can’t blame a bank for … Continue reading

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