ESPRESSOOOOOO

I mournfully gave up coffee many years ago, when it became clear that my stomach just could not handle it. In switching to black tea I abandoned not only one of my favorite foods but also one of my favorite past-times. Because drinking coffee is an act not only of consumption but also of culture, […]

Iceland

Writing about past travels during stay-at-home time may cheer me up or it may make me even more angsty… We shall see. Onward! Onward backward, I should say. This past October, I went abroad with six of my oldest, dearest friends, to enter middle age in a land where more than half of the people […]

Mozambique: Maputo

My trip from New York to Mozambique back in July consisted of a 15-hour overnight flight to Johannesburg, a six-hour layover, and another hour-long flight to Maputo. Suffice it to say I was non-functional upon arrival. I got to the hotel on Saturday evening, was sound asleep in bed by 8pm, woke up late the […]

It’s the most wonderful time of the year in Paris

When I arrived in Paris in mid-April two years ago, I assumed I was in for a lovely spring in the City of Light, followed by a graceful transition into a pleasantly mild summer. I had left both my early winter and deep winter coats behind in New York and packed only a leather jacket, […]

a food and sweets-filled stroll through Saint-Germaine and the Latin Quarter

I had two places to be today, in very different parts of the city that are both far from my apartment. The latter appointment was anxiety-provoking, and I decided that instead of heading back to my house for a few hours of work in between meetings, I would take the day off and enjoy some […]

assorted observations

In no particular order… In New York City, it always seems to take longer to get to my destination than Google Maps’ time estimate, but in Paris, I always seem to get places faster than what the map tells me. At first I thought maybe Google calculates walking time based on the average pedestrian speed […]