STORIES

narratives and photographs of my adventures around the world

EYE ON DESIGN | Glasgow School of Art

EYE ON DESIGN | Glasgow School of Art

In 1896, a junior draftsman named Charles Rennie Mackintosh won a competition to design a new building for the Glasgow School of Art. The building was completed in 1909, heralding the birth of a new style in 20th-century European architecture and establishing Mackintosh as a design influencer in the Arts…
TRAVELING SOLO [Tricks of the trade]

TRAVELING SOLO [Tricks of the trade]

I’m a woman and I travel the world. Alone. (With some occasional exceptions.) Alone, I’ve stayed in a stone cottage on top of a mountain in Tuscany, an 11th-century fort on an island off the coast of Brittany, an estancia in Argentina, and a riad in Tangier. Alone, I’ve shopped…
Italy | Risking my life for damask

Italy | Risking my life for damask

[damask |ˈdaməsk| noun | A figured woven fabric with a pattern visible on both sides, typically used for table linen and upholstery.] Not exactly the kind of thing you’d risk your life for, right? (more…)
TANGIER | Rockin’ the Kasbah

TANGIER | Rockin’ the Kasbah

I was in Spain, a mere hop, skip, and a jump from Tangier. That was a temptation I couldn’t resist. So I hopped the bus to Tarifa, skipped down to the port, and jumped onto the ferry, crossing the Strait of Gibraltar, to Africa. (more…)
INDIA | The Land of Dreams and Romance

INDIA | The Land of Dreams and Romance

In 1896, at age 60, Mark Twain traveled throughout India for three months.  As I read his words, I saw my photographs of India… “This is indeed India; the land of dreams and romance, of fabulous wealth and fabulous poverty, of splendor and rags, of palaces and hovels, of famine…
REYKJAVIK | About Those Sweaters

REYKJAVIK | About Those Sweaters

This sweater is iconic in Iceland. When I visited Iceland, I couldn’t wait to find out the ancient origins of the famous knitted patterns. I imagined that the traditional craft had been handed down from generation to generation, like a family heirloom. I was in for a surprise. Almost immediately,…
The Best Pad Thai in Bangkok

The Best Pad Thai in Bangkok

While I was in Bangkok, I went on a nighttime tuk tuk tour with a guide named Jeeb, and three people by the names of Baby, Junior, and Buddy.  The names were not the only peculiar aspect of the evening. (more…)
Who is Buddha anyway?

Who is Buddha anyway?

More than 90% of people in Thailand are Buddhists, and if I was going to be in their presence and visit their temples, I needed to learn more about who Buddha was and what Buddhism means.  A small disclaimer: I don’t claim to be a historian or an expert –…