Orcas Island, Washington will make you feel like you’ve discovered your own little sliver of Pacific Northwest paradise. It is the perfect place to go for a socially distanced adventure in pandemic times. It is the perfect place to go to recharge, any time. I’d say a word to describe it is “fresh”. And it […]Read More Choose your own adventure: Orcas Island, WA
Gdansk made me cry. I am an emotional sap. I was tired. I was less than two months in to life in Poland. I was less than one year postpartum. I come from a long line of happy criers on my father’s side (I once teared up over a cupcake because it was just so […]Read More How Gdansk made me cry and other tales: a past weekend exploring Poland
In December we visited the Polish city of Wrocław. Now, first, lets sound this city out. “Wrocław” a typically awkward Polish city name, for an English speaker, but not as bad as some (Szczecin, I’m lookin’ at you). “Roe-claw” sounded right in my head, but deep down I knew it was so wrong. When a […]Read More on a first name basis with the Gnomes of Wrocław
Traveling can trigger culture shock. Moving to Poland will definitely give you a jolt too. I still don’t like the phrase “culture shock”. Sure, there’s plenty that is “shocking” about different ways of life. But to me it feels more like a disorienting fog that kind of drifts in slowly after the honeymoon is over […]Read More Your quick guide to facing, overcoming and understanding Culture Shock
On Day Four (catch up on days 1-3.5 here) of our great Western Europe road trip we departed Belgium, and drove in to northern France. We drove through bright sunshine, over rolling green hills, with steeples from tiny villages decorating the landscape, a chateau or two, and union workers striking on the highway. We were […]Read More Euro road trip family edition. Part Two: Normandy, France. A region beyond the infamous beaches.