TRAVEL ESSAYS

ON KEEPING A TRAVEL NOTEBOOK
Published on En Route Traveler

There is nothing written about the nine days I spent wandering bridges and streets in Budapest. That I stayed near the House of Terror, a museum with exhibits related to the fascist and communist regimes in 20th-century Hungary, and watched an elderly woman collapse in the basement there, surrounded by torture cells. Some of them had small windows where you could see the shadows of passing feet on the streets and visitors were able to enter and stand in each one. I stepped in.


QUIET CHARM IN CUMBERLAND
PUBLISHED on the village

Waking in the village, after dinner at The Waverly Hotel and a night of rest at the Riding Fool Hostel, is a peace reminiscent of a favorite childhood vacation spot. For me, it reminds me of the small cottage my family and I rented once a week every summer in a small town in Western New York. There is a quiet and stillness to the streets before the first coffee shop opens and, even then, it’s neighbors greeting neighbors and residents opening up shop or heading to work for the day. A quiet bustling I have found only one or two other places in several years of world travels. 


PHOTO ESSAY: VANCOUVER ISLAND
Published on En Route Traveler

Shifts in the weather within a season or just from one area of the Island to the next are subtle sometimes — storm clouds slowing rolling over Mt. Benson, pathways beginning to smell like blackberries in the middle of summer — and much more noticeable others — a ten degree temperature drop as you near the oceanfront in the capital city of Victoria, endless rain and fog up north in Tofino, hot summer days in the valley of Port Alberni.