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North America » United States » Connecticut » East Hartford December 21st 2014

We left Gabriella's house on the second day to go to Hartford to see Maddie, Jack, and Elizabeth. When we got there, we went sledding outside in the snow. It was really fun. First we had to shovel up show and put into the gaps where there was grass. After that we had hot chocolate. Then we had dinner which was pasta. Next we lit the menorah because they are Jewish. It was Ania's first Channukah. We went to their living room to open presents. I got a one direction book, a knot-a-quilt, and a world atlas. Then we went to bed. The next day, Maddie, Jack, and Elizabeth had to go to school. So when Maddie woke up, I woke up too and we had breakfast. When they left I went to my dad and ... read more
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Me, Maddie, Jack and Elizabeth
Lighting the Menorah


Haha, lived in Alaska for 6 years and never came this close to the north pole!... read more


Hey Everyone, This is going to be my spot to post everything cool and/or not cool about my trip to HK. As most of you know, I will be leaving Monday at 10am on a non-stop 16 hour joy ride from JFK on Cathay Pacific. My seat is a business class seat so that means I am pretty excited about the first part of my trip. I am going to be picked up by a car service at 5am, drive the three hours or so to JFK and then be on my way. My first few posts will probably be of my flight over and getting checked in to the hotel, but from then on hopefully the adventures will be a bit better. Keep in mind I am going there to work primarily, but that doesn't ... read more

North America » United States » Connecticut » Niantic June 6th 2014

Bill and I left after breakfast, with me driving Ned and Mom's new Prius, for trip to Giants Neck Beach and Rocky Neck State Park. I grew up at Giants Neck: playing on the beaches and rocky coasts, swimming every day I could, skating on the duck pond in the winter, watching hurricanes blast through, hanging out with the summer kids from Memorial Day til Labor Day... We hiked the beach to the park Pavilion, built in 1935 by the WPA, and then back down the beach to Giants Neck to visit my childhood home and the beaches where I played and swam. "The Ellie Mitchell Pavilion is a Rustic-style building completed in 1936 by the Works Progress Administration, a Depression-era relief program. Designed by Russell F. Barker and othe... read more
Giants Neck Beach where I grew up viewed fro Rocky Neck State Park
Giants Neck
WPA-built pavilion at Rocky Neck State Park

North America » United States » Connecticut » Niantic June 4th 2014

Bill and I have flown to New England to visit my mother and step-father for a week. We will also travel to Rockport, Massachusetts on the weekend to see friends and have lunch with my eldest brother and one of my step-brothers. We arrived on Tuesday morning via the red-eye, drove an hour south to my mother and step-father's home in East Lyme (very near the place of origin of dreaded Lyme disease), took a nap and headed out for Gillette Castle, along the Connecticut River. I have visited here many times, starting as a young child. It was been renovated recently and you can no longer go up into the tower... The castle was built in by William Gillette, an actor and playwright best known for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes. He added the hat ... read more
Approaching the castle
Gillette Castle
All stone...


What I have in my backpack and what I hope to find....(that's deep right) My packing list (Item/#) 50L Backpack 1 - rep recommended 65L but what does the REI guy know...I am going lite! Gloves/Winter hat - Turns out that it is going to be cold in Iceland...... Shorts 2 Jeans 1 Pants 2 Fleece Jacket 1 Sneakers 1 Dress Shoes 1 Socks 2 Underwear 2 - Okay, so I know what you're thinking....two pairs of underwear and socks! This kid is nasty. But these socks and underwear are no ordinary clothing. The REI guy told me I could get by with one pair of each for 90 days! (as long as I slept in the nude) 1 Dress Shirt - A must for hitting the bars...any takers on how long this one dress shirt ... read more

North America » United States » Connecticut » Middletown December 2nd 2013

Hello all, It’s been a tough start this season. I have bursitis in my hip, a broken toe and Jim was diagnosed with Carpal Tunnel in both hands. I had a cortisone shot in my hip, which helped a little – Jim was given a cortisone shot in one hand (to see if it was going to work) and hand braces to wear at night. The cortisone shot worked so well that on his follow-up a week later, he got the shot in the other hand. Something went wrong and his whole hand was achy and painful. We went back to the MD a few days later and Jim was given a Prednisone pak. He’s been taking it a few days now and starting to feel a little better. We were supposed to start on our ... read more

North America » United States » Connecticut » New Milford October 29th 2013

The #1 question I've been asked by friends and family when I tell them I'm traveling to India for 6 months: Why India? It's always been a question that kind of stumped me. Why India? I usually stumble and mutter a reply that fails to convince myself, let alone whoever I'm talking to, that I really want to go to India at all. Failing to think of anything that's drawing me to India itself, I resort to an old SAT tactic: process of elimination. "Oh, India is one of the few regions of the world we haven't been to. We've both been to Europe a bunch, lived in New Zealand and visited Australia. Meg's been to China and I've lived in Africa. So the next place for us to visit is either India or South America. ... read more

North America » United States » Connecticut » Trumbull September 23rd 2013

Not sure I could travel independently in Greece. Signage is mostly in Greek and very difficult to understand. Whoever coined the phrase "It's all Greek to me" was on the money. There are five symbols for "I", four for "O" and plus all the other symbols of the Greek alphabet. Most everyone in the tourist industry speaks English but not everyone is in tourism. Greek men always seen to be speaking loudly even when conversing on a plane. Not sure if it's cultural or a sign of economic stress. Many buildings have been abandoned half done and the unemployment rate for men between 16 and 40 is 60%, or so I was told. That can't be sustained without civil unrest. Our tour in Santorini was changed because strikes and demonstrations were happening on one side of ... read more
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North America » United States » Connecticut » Clinton September 1st 2013

As indicated on my profile page, I am a new blogger. I plan to make weekly (at least) entries about my trip through Western Europe. For those following my blog who are not familiar with the trip, here is a little summary. My best friend and I have been planning this trip for two years and saving for about the same. Initially our young, excitable and inexperienced minds led us to believe we could travel ALL of Europe, Western and Eastern and still have enough time and resources to end our trip in Australia. What a blow it was to learn how OUTRAGEOUS an idea that was. Upon finalizing a more realistic goal we decided to venture to the following countries: Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, France, Denmark, England, Ireland, Scotland, Bosnia, Greece, Italy and Spain. ... read more




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