Into the Great Beyond

That’s what I keep saying about this trip.  Iceland is beyond spectacular.  Beyond breathtaking.  Beyond awe inspiring. Every vista of Mt. Esja glimpsed from Laugavegur, Reykjavík’s main shopping street.  The Sunday morning we wandered into Hallgrimskirkja, the church on the hill, and were about to leave when we heard the organist start to play.  The incredible … More Into the Great Beyond

Travel Update: They’re Speaking Catalan, or I’ve Totally Forgotten Spanish

Made it to Barcelona! Badalona more specifically, which is a small suburb 25 minutes outside Plaça Catalunya, traffic willing.  I had my first day of au pairship yesterday and also finished reading The South by Colm Tóibín, my selection for this city.  Turns out that The South was a good choice as it covers the experience of an émigré in Spain.  I … More Travel Update: They’re Speaking Catalan, or I’ve Totally Forgotten Spanish

World Book Day 2016

Happy World Book Day!! Typically around here, we focus on travel guides and books with a very specific setting. I wanted to take today to focus on another transportive genre – children’s fiction. Part of the appeal is the fact that these stories take me right back to my childhood. The magic of these books … More World Book Day 2016

Short Fiction Spotlight

Maybe because my recent visit to Columbia, South Carolina was such a brief trip, I loved every second of my weekend. The scorecard: perfect weather, wonderful hosts, serendipitous simultaneous visits from two groups of D.C. friends, a mindblowing Indian dance competition – all culminating in a Megabus ride that included toilet paper in the bathroom and … More Short Fiction Spotlight