About a week before the Covid-19 quarantine hit home, I was in Wichita, Kansas, researching a local specialty for what would be my last travel article/video as a full-fledged travel writer. (On the way home, I pulled off the road to take a … Read on →
I talked about Russia, again. It’s sort of a pet project these days – defending Russia as a travel destination. But this time I did so on Rick Steves’ radio show. Listen: This just in: Russia doesn’t always have the best reputation outside Russia. … Read on →
You never know what might happen. In October I was locked into Portland life. I bought a membership to the art museum, and was looking for a new place to live – as our little 1895 bungalow is slated for destruction in early … Read on →
Fred Meyer in Portland is near the house. So I go. And when I go, I wait. No grocery/department store has ever had more inefficient cashier service. While I wait, I look around. And the other day, I saw this. The best sales table I’ve ever seen. A perfect little party. Hershey’s, lemon cake and “matzah” for snacks. Coffee to drink. Downy to clean up. And Raid to kill all the god damned bugs.
I’d share this on Facebook if I weren’t unFacebooking this month. So here it is.
Lately I’ve been wondering if my constant attention to social media has become an addiction. Connecting online can be useful and fun, sure, but I let it take too much of my attention. And most of the time, to be honest, it makes … Read on →
Recently I wrote an article for Skift pondering whether US travel media has a “blindspot bias” against picking Russia as a “best place to go” in those annual travel lists. I also talked about the subject on This Week in Travel, the most … Read on →