It’s a numbers game and I’m not a gambler, so I’m staying home. … More Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Frivolity
After quite some time, I find myself staring at a blinking cursor at the top of a blank page – at a loss for words. The end-of-winter sun splashes empty sidewalks usually bustling with tourists being herded from one landmark to the other. The chatter and honking, hallmarks of a typical day are gone, replaced … More In a Gloomy Wood
It’s been a while. Writing has always been my preferred medium of communication. You write a first draft. Review and edit. Share it with others and evolve what you have put down into something more final, but not necessarily complete. I wonder even if this is a relevant form of communication in this day and … More Do people still read?
While you order that triple low-fat caramel no foam no milk decaf latte from Starbucks and watch as the order gets shouted down the line three or four times by the “barista”s, know that, as usual, you are looking at the diluted version of an Italian tradition. Chapeau to Starbucks for reigniting the love of coffee … More Il Barista and Coffee Culture
Imperial is the first word that comes to mind when wandering the streets of Vienna. Over the past twenty-five years I have visited this European capital dozens of times and most recently with my family. My sister has lived here since graduating from college and over the years I have come to explore and love … More Discovering Vienna with kids
Discovering Berlin with kids There are not many cities that make you feel energized as you walk through their streets. Berlin does this to me, and much more. I have explored it in three very different moments over the last two decades. My first trip was as a young backpacker in 1992. The wall was … More Discovering Berlin with kids
Imagine walking the streets of Rome all morning pretending not to be a tourist and hoping to blend in while you look for that “not for tourists” spot to plunk yourself down and order another cappuccino while rubbing your feet. You know full well that ordering a cappuccino after breakfast will blow your cover with the … More Finger Licking Good