Greetings from Espana

Greetings from the mountains of Gaucin! It is so green and high up here, it reminds me a little of Bolivia. We are in the middle of nowhere, beautiful little white town, population 1500. Lots of little bars and cafes, hardly any tourists, everyone speaks Spanish; even the hippie expats …

Escaping wanderlust

Confession time: Some people are addicted to drinking, shopping and sex. I am addicted to travel. It isn’t a new thing. If you read my first posts on this blog, you’ll have noticed how I tend to put off the important things in life until the last minute and preoccupy …

Spielen Karten and Nudity

I had a great time in Cologne, a city with a passion for food, drink and celebration. Cologne doesn’t take itself too seriously, the folks I met were laid back and welcoming but not in a fake way. Even the barmaids in the biergartens were friendly, underneath their pristine aprons and …

Nothing new under the sun

Wanderlust has me by the throat again. This time it is Eastern Europe, with its former communist facades, it’s majestic hilltops, full of castles and crumbling palaces: Budapest, Prague, Romania, Poland. I am yearning for contrast, cafes full of beautiful young people and decrepit old bars where politics is a …

Mermaid in training

I recently returned from the Costa de Azahar, having spent two weeks engrossed in my own version of a sensory deprivation tank. The beach was quiet enough to forgot everything around me. Dipping head first in the water, I stayed under for as long as I could. Mindless as a piece …

The Mantra of Margaritas

This month has been packed full of deadlines, classes and work meetings. My way of coping? Browsing through travel blogs. The beaches, mountains and cool rivers have a way of soothing my worries and insidious doubts. Will I I’ll ever publish a novel, finish my dissertation or complete my MBA? I …

The Incredible Shrinking Essay

After weeks of agonizing worry and sleepless tossing and turning  due to stress and too much caffeine, I finally turned in my last essay: the longest 15000 words ever. The night before it was due, I was significantly over my word limit,  hacking away at entire sentences with a machete.  The …