Tag Archives: vacation

Can the Yucatán Peninsula Save a Marriage?

Barcelona, Cuba, Bolivia. Those were among the list of locations I texted to my boyfriend. “They’re easy to access and relatively cheap flights. Choose one.” He chose the Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico. Mike and I haven’t traveled together in almost two years and my job as a petsitter keeps us sleeping separately about five nights […]

Big Bear: Two Days off in Southern California

A dogwalking client recently bought a cabin in Big Bear, a small mountain town in Southern California, 2 ½ hours from the beach town where I live. They’ve been using it on weekends so they lent it to me for a midweek getaway, my first days off since May 22nd when I returned from East Africa. […]

Pre-trip is like Friday Afternoon Before Shabbat. Now I’m Africa Bound.

I’m sitting in seat 45H on my way to south and east Africa for two months. My eyes are puffy from too much crying and a puppy has kept me awake the past four nights so I’m not a pretty sight, but I’m cocooned in with a good book and dried mango. All week has […]

What You Won’t Hear Me Say on Facebook

Since I started telling people that I’ll be in Africa for two months this Spring, I’ve been floating some concerns in my head. This list grows as people contribute their opinions and I sign waivers to email overseas. Since social media is disproportionately “my life is awesome” anecdotes, the messy parts of our lives get overlooked […]

When Do you Feel Free? (An Incomplete List From My Friends and Neighbors)

When do you feel free? My friends in New York and California weighed in and many had overlapping ideas. (My friends tend to be middle-class, leftist, non-religious and educated, so this is a highly slanted and incomplete list. Everyone’s interpretation of freedom depends on how they identify and in which country/community they live.) When we have the house to ourselves. As in, […]

We Toured the Shit Out of Austin, Texas

My New York nephew and I decided to meet somewhere we hadn’t been before, at the halfway point between our coastal homes. We went for the logical choice of Austin, Texas. I brought my laptop with the intention of writing about an hour a night when we’d get back to the room. But we stayed […]