Letter About CDG Experience

Hi Friends, My departure from Paris ended on as good and hectic a note as it started. There’s something about the process of flying these days that brings about a certain madness/panic/adrenaline rush. It’s the combination of uncertainty, making it through customs, and possibly missing a flight that evokes feelings of controlled hysteria. At the…

Letter from Madrid: … like Christopher Columbus

Christopher Columbus—Italian or Spanish? Founder of the New World or fraud? I’m sure if I wikipediaed Chris C, I could find a wealth of information about the first question, and the fact is that I care little about the second. Christopher Columbus was one heck of an explorer/adventurer who managed to get others to fund…

Letter from Paris: In and On the Outskirts of Town

written on Friday morning at 2: 23 am Dear Friends, As I’d mentioned before, my aunt is visiting from New York, which is wonderful because I get to see and enjoy Paris like someone who just disembarked Air France and not someone who’s leaving in three days (plus, since my wallet has been lifted I get to…

A Quick Note from Epinay-sur-Orge

Dear Friends, This is just a quick note accompanied by zero pictures, because I have to tell you what happened today. Ever since my time ran out at the lovely apartment in the 19th arrondisement, I’ve been traveling (Amsterdam and London), and living in hotels all over Paris and on its outskirts. I stayed for three…

Letter to Paris: Toujours, Je t’aime…

Dear Paris, I’d always seen you and loved you from afar. In movies. In postcards. In my mind… envisioning myself at one of your cafes, drinking an espresso (though I’m not a fan of coffee), smoking a cigarette (though I’m not a fan of  tobacco), having witty repartee in fluent French with some guy that I…

Letter from London: Friends, Food, Fun

Dear Friends, If I ever tell you that I’m booking a trip on a Eurolines coach, because it’s cheap and they’re having a deal that “just can’t be beat,” remind me of my ten hour bus ride from Paris to London. Exhausting. Tedious. Butt-cramping. Yes, I’d taken the ride from Paris to London by bus…

Letter from Amsterdam: Another Conversation with God

Dear Friends, Neale Donald Walsch transcripted his lengthy conversations with God into a successful, revelatory book that speaks to millions. I loved his book, not only for the topics covered, but because I have my very own conversations with God all the time. Well, I’m not sure if it’s God, because the voice sounds like my…

Letter from Amsterdam: Day Tripper

Hi Friends, Tuesday: All the leaves are green, and the sky is gray. Something’s wrong, right? The sky has been gray from yesterday until today (not trying to rhyme intentionally). It has poured buckets, thus I spent most of my time ducking in and out of shops, fingering items that I don’t need, and wondering if…