Weird Sites in Rome, Take Six

Never fear – no androids here! This was early on in our trip, and had the effect of making me skeptical of any restaurant that didn’t make it clear that human beings were involved in the making of our food. I would have gone with touting their killer cappuccinos, personally (and they were absolutely divine).Continue reading “Weird Sites in Rome, Take Six”

Rashomon Series: My Sister and Me in Tanque Verde (AZ)

It’s that time again – time for “something a little different”! Inspired by one of my favorite stories, Rashomon, I solicit the thoughts and opinions of others who have tread the same path as me, but (inevitably) they bring a different perspective. End result: you get twice the story. This was a fun one –Continue reading “Rashomon Series: My Sister and Me in Tanque Verde (AZ)”

And Then There Were Cats (Rome, Italy)

Welcome to our view pretty much every day we were in Rome. After my regular morning quest for cappuccinos, I’d come back to the apartment to fetch my traveling companion, and we’d head out. A mere five minute stroll along a busy street, passing by banks, restaurants, pharmacies, shops, then bam, ruins! And not justContinue reading “And Then There Were Cats (Rome, Italy)”

Home Temporary Home (Rome, Italy)

Pro tip for wanderers: Take advantage of places where your friends are living. Often they will not only give you some insider information about places to visit, but also offer to hook you up with inexpensive (if not completely free) lodging for a few nights. Advanced pro tip: If they are really good friends whoContinue reading “Home Temporary Home (Rome, Italy)”

Road Trip Rituals: The Shaw Festival

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about touchstone places. You know, the locations that you will go out of your way to make time and space to visit, because they do something to your brain, to your essence. They recharge you. They center you. They fulfill you. So much of my travel is finding newContinue reading “Road Trip Rituals: The Shaw Festival”

Jarmusch Junkies (Memphis, TN)

Bizarre things happen late at night. When you’re just walking around aimlessly, not really trying to get anywhere except away from drunken crowds. When you’ve just spent the past three days quoting from your favorite film set in Memphis, Mystery Train by Jim Jarmusch, and have forgotten to even look for the sites that wereContinue reading “Jarmusch Junkies (Memphis, TN)”

Earnestine and Hazel’s (Memphis, TN)

One of my unofficial “rules” that I try to follow when preparing for a trip is pick the brains of people whose taste I admire, who have been to said location, and ask them where I should go that maybe wouldn’t show up in your typical Things to Do Travelocity search. When I engaged inContinue reading “Earnestine and Hazel’s (Memphis, TN)”

Trivial Things: Sword Dancing (Kenbu)

Every once in awhile, it’s helpful to look back on times when you were foolish. Out of your element in every way, but going for it anyway, and continuing to go for it, just a little longer than maybe was healthy for you. Which brings me to today’s story. I am often complimented — byContinue reading “Trivial Things: Sword Dancing (Kenbu)”

Braving Beale Street (Memphis, TN)

After driving through several states over the prior few days, we were ready to hunker down in Memphis for a day or two. Our first stop, of course, was Beale Street. I can’t say I recommend going to Beale Street during the 4th of July (Holy Sardine Packing Batman!), but I am glad that IContinue reading “Braving Beale Street (Memphis, TN)”

Erubisu (Graceland – Memphis, TN)

It’s true: I am deeply, utterly conflicted. Alas, that which I completely and utterly love is also that which fills me with irreconcilable anxiety. Yet as much as my insides churn with angst, I can’t stop myself from indulging. It’s very much a part of who I am. The itch I must scratch. The elixirContinue reading “Erubisu (Graceland – Memphis, TN)”