An Ode to the Barcelona Metro

On this 4th of July I have a wide range of thoughts on travel and I promise I'll share them, but first a bit of an apology. I know I've been gone for a while. My wife and I went to Spain for 3 weeks. The day after I returned my employer of 14 years … Continue reading An Ode to the Barcelona Metro

Observations of a City – Seville Spain

I'm trying to capture some of my impressions of Seville, Spain before we move on in our trip. The Wife and I have wandered around here for almost four days, encountering the people and culture in various settings. If, like us, you prefer to explore a destination by foot... peering into windows and catching glimpses … Continue reading Observations of a City – Seville Spain

The Food of Seville Spain

Food is an interesting way to explore the culture and people of a particular place. You can learn a great deal about the hospitality ideals of a locale from the way the hotels there serve an international client base. In places where hospitality is a primary consideration, a hotel breakfast bar will convey the welcome … Continue reading The Food of Seville Spain

Skipping the Line – Facts & Fallacies

The fact is, there is no such thing as "skipping the line". There is only guaranteeing you will get into the venue... eventually.

Jet Lag in Barcelona

I'm a big fan of stepping right into the new time zone. Wasting time during a business trip, or worse, a vacation - calculating what time your body "should" think it is, is an utter waste of time. I keep the curtains/blinds raised so the sun can tell my body when to get up, drink … Continue reading Jet Lag in Barcelona

Destination – Refuge Day Spa in Carmel Valley California

If you live in the Central Valley of northern Californi, Refuge spa is probably your best bet for a relaxing soak and a terrific massage.

An Expat Retirement – Perhaps Not For Us

By now I've established that - while I like to plan ahead, I clearly don't have all the answers (about anything, if I'm honest with myself,) but retirement most of all. As a result, The Wife and I have spent the last few years pondering how we want to live our lives when we hit … Continue reading An Expat Retirement – Perhaps Not For Us

An Ugly American Retirement

The more I think about the idea of retiring... the less I understand. Is retirement about not working? Or is it about not working at the same job you've been doing for a Very Long Time. Am I leaving an employer, a lifestyle, a way of defining who I am in the world? What the … Continue reading An Ugly American Retirement

Destination – The Paso Robles Wine Festival

I've given you a broad brush idea of all the different wine regions in California in Beyond Napa part I and part II, Way Beyond Napa. In this blog I want to bring your wine-loving attention to the Paso Robles annual Wine Festival. This four day long celebration of all things red, white and bubbly … Continue reading Destination – The Paso Robles Wine Festival

Destination – California Wine Country: Way Beyond Napa

There are five (possibly 6) wine regions in California, each of which contain many ‘American Vinicultural Area’s (commonly called‘AVA’s).  For anyone who is familiar with Napa, bear in mind that Napa is part of one region.  California has so much more to offer oenophiles. In case you didn't catch Part I,  where I talk about … Continue reading Destination – California Wine Country: Way Beyond Napa