Travels and Tomes: One Expat's Amblings and Ramblings

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Travels and Tomes: One Expat's Amblings and Ramblings
About travel, food, family, and the quirks of living abroad in Germany, England, and Turkey.
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  • Lines Were Drawn: Simserhof and La Ligne Maginot 3 months ago Originally posted on Travels and Tomes: One Expat's Amblings and Ramblings: ? ? You have to draw a line somewhere, right?  And we’re a funny species…we draw lines everywhere.  But lines, once drawn, just ache to be crossed.  I’m not excusing this conduct, I’m just saying it seems to...
  • Little Boy Found: 4 months ago My father at 4 years old I love the hidden stories implicit in a found object– an “objet trouvé,” as the French would say. (And everything sounds better in French.) The beauty of found objects lies partially in them being so full of possibility, but also in what they teach us of empathy when...
  • Roald Dahl: Writer, Winker, Soldier, Spy 4 months ago On this day in 1916, the great Roald Dahl was born in Wales. You may know him from his children’s stories. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is probably the most famous, but it’s just the tip of the iceberg. His stories are humorous, dark, and scathingly true in their assessment of human...
  • Hospital workers check in to city hotel offering free meals and accommodation — The Edinburgh Reporter 10 months ago Reposting from The Edinburgh Reporter.  Why am I sharing this article?  Because it’s a feel good story in a troubling week.  Also, because Ten Hill Place is a great hotel that deserves to be lauded on many levels.  It’s very comfortable, has a great restaurant and helpful staff, a good...
  • The Return of Light: Candlemas 11 months ago Once again, the season has brought us round to Candlemas– an ancient tradition still observed in a handful of places.  One of those places is Ripon, North Yorkshire, England, which I called home for a brief but beautiful few years.  I’m re-posting this short post from 2017, so  I might share...

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