May 6, 2015

The last experience I had with any type of official German bureaucracy was in January 1990 when I unwittingly got off the train at a station that was in the former East Berlin. I stared at a beefy woman, who I will refer to as Helga. Continue Reading…


Long Night’s Journey Into Day

April 24, 2015
Berlin Hauptbahnhof

First, I realize (now that I’m in Europe, do I type “realise“?) that this is several days late. I promise to post more often. Not an excuse (okay, it’s an excuse), but the jet lag has hit pretty hard. It’s always worse going west to east and I’ve stopped in three different timezones. So that’s the reason (and I’m sticking to it). Continue Reading…

Berlin, General, News

Goodbye LA

April 3, 2015
Los Angeles

I had been talking about leaving LA for so long, that people stopped taking me seriously. The eye rolls and the “yeah, yeah, we’ve heard that forever.”

But it really is easier said than done. Leaving 23 years, a condo that needed to be rented, and some awesome friends behind – that’s a huge chunk of one’s life. But the time has come and it appears the stars have aligned in making it the right moment to do so. Continue Reading…

Berlin, Creative Writing, Travel

The Berlin Adventure Begins

March 18, 2015

Well, it will begin next month. But the preparations are on now. It’s been my dream to live in Europe and I’m finally making that dream come true as I will be arriving in Berlin mid-April to begin my new life adventure. I have been wavering between “I can’t wait to get there” and “what the hell am I thinking?” Continue Reading…

Food, Photos, Travel

The Food Post

April 16, 2014

One of the first questions I always get was, “How was the food?” Pretty much, great. Living in apartments allowed me to shop and make most meals. But what is travel without sampling the food. Here are some of those samplings: Continue Reading…


The Map

April 8, 2014

13 countries, 24 cities, 18,000 miles. From beginning to end, the map of the trek:

The Map


Photos, Pop Culture, Travel

Day Tripper

April 5, 2014

Well, more than a day. A couple of days in Liverpool. I would consider myself a casual fan of The Beatles as opposed to a diehard one. But as important as The Beatles are to music history, I was excited to get to experience a little of this history. Continue Reading…

Photos, Travel

Bristol Stomp

April 5, 2014
Clifton Bridget Bristol, UK

As things start to wind down, it’s nice to have this part of the trip continue to see friends. Really, after so much sightseeing, history, and walking tours, getting to experience life in the UK with locals instead of living like a local is a welcome change of pace. Continue Reading…

Photos, Travel

Belfast Rising

March 27, 2014

Traveling from Dublin, a city with an excellent tourism infrastructure, it was interesting comparing Belfast to it, what with Belfast recent period of peace. There is lots of growth here in Belfast, which benefits more from the UK economy (fragile as it is) than Dublin does from Ireland. Continue Reading…