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Category: State of travel

Back from Porto

Back from Porto

Most of my audience likely knows that I spent a few days in Porto, ostensibly to watch a football game. Such a standalone sporting event can hardly ever justify transatlantic travel, so I made a nearly week-long trip out of it. The result was a close reacquaintance with this wonderful…

State of travel and a selection of favorite pictures of 2023

State of travel and my favorite pictures of 2023

The reporting year was comparable to the previous one in terms of the amount of travel, which suggests a measure of normalization in the post-Covid era. I visited 5 foreign countries (UK, Italy, Turkey, Belize, Guatemala), of which two were first-time visits. Aside from Edinburgh and Speyside in Scotland and…

Back from Belize

Back from Belize

Just as last year – this could become a family tradition! – we spent the last days of the year in warmer climes exploring a new destination. I was planning to use the term “Latin America” to describe the region, except this year we picked the only country in the…

Back from Istanbul

Back from Istanbul

It may be open to debate which cities would qualify for the label of a “major” European capital, but using my loose definition, I possess sufficient familiarity with all them. Until now, that was bar Istanbul. My trip that took place last week was part opportunistic and part long-planned, and…

Back from Sardinia

Back from Sardinia

When we stack-rank our trips based on how smooth and stress-free they went, our just-concluded voyage will be somewhere near the bottom. Transportation and natural events beyond our control tried our patience, forced us into on-the-fly alterations of plans, and left an unfortunate aftertaste that this was not the greatest…

Back from Scotland

Back from Scotland

The third tri-annual Scotch-centric buddy trip – actually, #4 for me, counting a much earlier and much shorter foray when I lived in the UK – has been a resounding success. The itinerary was more ambitious than usual, taking us to farther outposts than we have been before. 1,300 miles…

Back from Central America

Back from Central America

For the first time in recent memory (and only the third time overall, if I recall correctly) we have greeted the New Year away from home. It was our first time in both Costa Rica and Panama, the first time in Central America overall, and by the nature of the…

Back from France, via Israel

Back from France, via Israel

Anyone following my lovely wife on social media would undoubtedly be aware that we have spent the last two weeks on a reasonably significant journey. Structured around our youngest’s Bat Mitzvah, it started with a bit over a week in Israel and then continued for a week on the French…

Back from Venice

Back from Venice

With all due respect to the Eternal City, which I not long ago declared the most satisfying place to visit, nothing compares to La Serenissima in terms of delightful walkability. People who have been to Venice only passingly do not realize that the city is not mostly water. Instead, it…

Back from Italy

Back from Italy

Whoa! Wait a second there!! Nearly two years of barely leaving the confines of our home – and then we had not one but two long-distance trips in quick succession!? One of them crossing international borders!?!? Yep, that is precisely what we did. Just a few weeks after returning from…

Back from California

Back from California

We got on a plane and flew to a remote locale. Funny how something that used to be par for the course for us in the BC era (“before covid” – a term not coined by me) is nowadays an extraordinary event. Two years sitting at home – a road…

Back from Maine

Back from Maine

In our days of closed borders, enforced quarantines, and mask-up regulations, road trips to manageable-distance destinations become the primary refuge to somebody starved for travel. Over the last few days, we took one such trip to the great state of Maine, which we never managed to visit in the past.…

Back from Israel

Back from Israel

My last trip of 2019 was epic by any measure. I spent close to two weeks in Israel for the very first time in my life. Along the way, I also visited Istanbul, explored a bit of south of Jordan, and set foot in the West Bank, adding 4 more…

Back from Croatia

Back from Croatia

The trip almost did not happen at the very last moment. We were waiting for boarding our outbound flight only to be told that it was cancelled due to mechanical problems. Three hours standing in ticketing line later, the best we could do was to rebook ourselves on a really…

Back from Portugal

Back from Portugal

As is always the case on our family travels, should you have been following my lovely wife on social media you would have known by now that we spent a glorious week-plus in Portugal. It was our first trip to the country, so we tried to reasonably cover as many…

Back from Italy

Back from Italy

This was not exactly a spontaneous trip – we planned it almost three months in advance – but it did come up fairly spontaneously back in August. After returning from Greece, I did not really expect to have either time or opportunity to take another journey this calendar year, but…

Back from Greece

The quirks of family vacation planning this year conspired to put two amazing trips within a short interval of each other. Less than 4 weeks after returning from France, we went to tour Greece. Going to the country that we have never been to before, we tried to balance our…