I hereby begin my life as a blogger. This here will be a collection of snapshots, travel tips, and mementos I’ve accumulated over the years–memories of the things I loved and that stuck with me through the everyday grey and beige. To set the tone, here are some recurring themes in my universe.
(1) Work travel, it nudges. Invariably, I end up in extraordinary places at the worst possible time. Limitations abound: The weather is at its worst, I have only a couple of hours in a day to explore (often after closing times, and when I am about to collapse from exhaustion), and it’s almost never on weekends. This is a blessing, of sorts. The choices are so obvious and always an adventure–plus, I find, many places are more themselves off-season, off-hours, behind the scenes.
Pleasant surprises and accidental discoveries during my work travel shaped my approach to travel generally: I do the research but am also more spontaneous, more adventurous about the places we visit than ever before. Before long, this hidden-treasure hunt I’ve been forced into has become my preferred wandering style.
(2) Home turf, it surprises. I am fortunate to live in one of the most cheap-tourist-friendly oases in the word: Washington, DC. This means free world-class museums, performances, and priority seating by the pulse of it all.
It took me years to realize that all this is still here, whether or not family visits.
(3) Nature, it nurtures. Finally, as I search for a place to wind down, the joys are even more simplified: parks, nature reserves, gardens, my garden. Plant well, and it grows, it blossoms and brings more life. I (a nomad at heart, surely!) always resisted the family green thumb, and it skipped a generation with my parents. I thought I was safe too–until I got my very own patch of earth to greenify. Native and organic gardening and, by extension, hiking and bird watching came naturally as these floodgates opened.
Generations of vagabond ancestors must be scandalized.
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