It is all a mixed bag - the excitement of travel to exotic destinations and the reality of the journey - finding lodging (some hotels completely different than depicted on their website and having to forfeit our pre-payment), the noise of big cities, catching a sunset that a Marin teenagers across the world from here, locals, tourists and ancient ones alike would marvel at, traversing our route by bus, tram, metro, taxi, boat and foot, the time it takes to get around, getting lost going from place to place but eventually finding our way, old train stations serving as hubs to pass through one another's lives. And sometimes a friendly innkeeper, who at the end of the long day of travel arranges at 10:00 pm for a Hamam to wash it all away and leave us to our dreams all sparkling clean.
Inspired by dreams and desires long held and the recommendations of family and friends, in May of 2013, Karena and I embarked upon an adventure with only a few cornerstones - periodic visits to our 1st grandson, Finn, Anna and Wesley, meeting Justin in Budapest where he would be working on a movie, visits with friends, a few weddings and a Bar Mitzvah. Our plan, which began as a 3 month trip, soon became a year long journey. Leaving behind everything except what would fit into our luggage (we each have 1 suitcase equipped with heavy duty rollers for cobblestones and shoulder straps for backpa... full info