Category Archives: travel

Innovative teachers (subtitle: Ryanair is the Scrooge McDuck of airlines)

Three teachers at our son’s school have been arranging a class trip to Scotland. They contacted Ryanair and asked for a group rate for 20 seats. The response was unbelievable: around €300 per seat. This is for a short, nonstop … Continue reading

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On the way to Oregon

For the first several days of our trip to Oregon, we were far out of state. Our flight landed in Vancouver, British Columbia, where we spent two days before hopping the ferry to Victoria. Two days later we were on … Continue reading

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Walking at the UBC

On our second day in Vancouver, my wife wanted to visit the anthropology museum at the University of British Columbia. So we drove there, and I became increasingly enthralled as we passed along the outer edge of the campus. The … Continue reading

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The great yellow mystery

Our first day in Vancouver consisted largely of trying to stay awake long enough to start adjusting our body clocks. (Eight time zones is a killer.) Accordingly, we went for a walk in Stanley Park and admired the scenery, which … Continue reading

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Back in the saddle

After five weeks of travel—from Vancouver, British Columbia to Victoria, down through western Washington and along the Oregon coast, into the great Willamette Valley, and then to a mountain top in the central Oregon Cascades—I’m back home in Portugal and … Continue reading

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Ooo. This is a gorgeous film, with imaginative and extremely detailed visions of what future Terrans might see if we ever get out of our gravity well and start living elsewhere in our solar system. The film alone is worth … Continue reading

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Scottish breakfast

One thing we discovered during our Scotland vacation is that the Scottish breakfast is not a myth — at least, not when one is staying at B&Bs. Typical of our breakfasts were eggs made to order, sautéed mushrooms (one B&B … Continue reading

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Inveraray Castle

As promised in the comments to Sunday’s post, here are a few more photos of Inveraray Castle, home of Clan Campbell. The Armoury Hall really is worth the price of entrance all by itself. Not only does it contain an … Continue reading

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Mystery Scotland photo

My poor blog has been neglected of late, what with writing and/or editing deadlines, a vacation, and now vacation photos and travelogues. I think I’ll start tossing my travelogues onto the blog later this week, but in the meantime, here’s … Continue reading

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A link dump for your weekend

A bunch of interesting things have gathered in my tabs lately, so here are a few for your weekend enjoyment. — First, go full screen and enjoy this gorgeous time lapse of 30 different European locations…including Lisboa and what looks … Continue reading

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