Old code

Four days into our adventure, we were running through the Louvre with half an hour before closing. We know, though, that the full half hour is not actually ours to use; when 15 minutes remain we will be asked to begin to make our way to the exits. The guards, in fact, have begun to…

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Hide and seek in Pompeii

I’m writing this on a tour bus back to Rome from Pompeii. We are all covered in volcanic dust, and given the lack of laundry facilities in our current airbnb, will likely be covered in this volcanic dust for the next few days until we leave Italy. This is after a day of hiking up…

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Time is a feeling – part 3

It’s 10pm, and it’s still light outside. We’re driving south on the M1 highway toward Dublin, and we’re still a ways out. Hopefully it’ll be under an hour without traffic. The boys won’t (can’t) really sleep because of the sun. They don’t care what time it is; it doesn’t seem like bedtime to them. I…

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Time is a feeling

One of the great luxuries of travel is the opportunity to be present, while visiting places we’d insist are “from a different time” – whether past or future. The future (I see you, Tokyo, we’ll get to you in a few months) is not as mysterious, and not nearly as intoxicating, to me as the…

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Trading comfort for closeness

Wasn’t sure what I would write about tonight. I was considering my options while I got ready for bed, brushing my teeth and washing my face…when I felt a sharp little sting on my right temple. I looked closer, and saw a tiny cut near my eyebrow. Where in the world did that come from?…

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Robert the dog, a cave, one gas station, several near-disasters, and being better tomorrow

Montignac is a gorgeous French village where we wished we had planned to stay longer…until we stayed longer than planned. The town is teensy. Montignac has a population of 2,700 or so, but I’ve seen Montignac also referenced as Montignac-Lascaux; Lascaux itself has a whopping 170 people – or, at least that was true as…

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