Another hour to kill at the airport in Mexico City

After nearly four weeks in Mexico City, I checked out of my room at 3 am in anticipation of my 6 am flight. I figured I’d need about 15 minutes to wait for an Uber, a half-hour for the ride to the airport, and another half-hour for check-in and security, putting me at the gate … Continue reading Another hour to kill at the airport in Mexico City

Counting down the hours in Mexico City

It’s hard to believe, but by the time I publish this post, I’ll have about 72 hours remaining in Mexico City. The time really flew by. As much as I’ve enjoyed my time here, I can’t wait to see Kathryn again. She was visiting her father when I left for Mexico City almost four weeks … Continue reading Counting down the hours in Mexico City

Street food in Mexico City

The first time I was in Mexico City, back in 2018, I had some pretty amazing food. However, I never got a chance to experience the street food for which Mexico City is so rightly famous. On this trip, I may have overcorrected. Almost everywhere I’ve been in Mexico City, I’ve been intoxicated by the … Continue reading Street food in Mexico City

Two weeks of Spanish classes down, two weeks left in Mexico City

I’m halfway through my four-week Spanish course in Mexico City, so I feel I’m in a position to review the first two weeks somewhat objectively. Honestly, I didn’t have a whole lot of information about the school before I signed up to come here. I’d seen the school’s website — which I wouldn’t expect to … Continue reading Two weeks of Spanish classes down, two weeks left in Mexico City

A knock on my door in the middle of night

The floors creak quite loudly in the apartment where I’m staying here in Mexico City. When someone passes by my door at night, sometimes the creaking wakes me up out of a sound sleep. Around midnight last night, I woke up to the sound of creaking floors, but this time the footsteps stopped at my … Continue reading A knock on my door in the middle of night

Earthquake?

I woke up in the middle of the night last night to the sensation of my bed swaying back and forth. It was quite different from the near-constant vibration of traffic rumbling along the street below. I’ve been trying to determine whether what I felt was an earthquake. Both the U.S. and Mexican authorities report … Continue reading Earthquake?

Blog changes coming, but not yet

For the past couple months, I’ve been looking into moving my blog entirely off the WordPress platform. I’ve had an enjoyable run with WordPress over the past fourteen years — notwithstanding the issues I had with its managed hosting — but I want to go in a direction that would be challenging to implement with … Continue reading Blog changes coming, but not yet

Devils Tower, Wyoming

It’s been a while since I’ve written any blog posts, so I thought I’d get the ball rolling again with a photo from last month’s long weekend trip to South Dakota and Wyoming. This photo is of Devils Tower, a national monument located about a half-hour’s drive northwest of Sundance, Wyoming. It’s probably best known … Continue reading Devils Tower, Wyoming

Follow-up on the Fediverse … and a travel experiment

Since my post last week about federated social networking, I’m aware of only one reader who was inspired to create an account in the Fediverse: my mom 😀. For those of you who are close family or in-real-life friends of mine, my offer to hook you up on my own Mastodon server still stands. Just … Continue reading Follow-up on the Fediverse … and a travel experiment

3:10 to Yuma: Does someone at American Airlines have a sense of humor?

I just got a text from a friend who’s waiting for a connecting flight at Sky Harbor Airport here in Phoenix. The flight he’s waiting for is — I’m not kidding — the 3:10 to Yuma. Even though I’ve never read the short story nor seen either of the film adaptions, the reference wasn’t lost … Continue reading 3:10 to Yuma: Does someone at American Airlines have a sense of humor?

Subtle but shameless promotion finally pays off

Most of my traveling bags are of the type with loop-and-hook fasteners for patches. Most people who own bags like these, if they don’t put a “morale” patch of some sort, put a tape with their last names. For several years, I’ve been taking a different approach. I display a patch with the domain name … Continue reading Subtle but shameless promotion finally pays off

Phoenix Sky Harbor is a great airport, especially if you’re hungry

On the way to the airport this afternoon, Kathryn, swelling with pride in the place she’s called home for over 25 years, told me what a great airport Phoenix Sky Harbor has become. I really found it hard to disagree with her. One of the reasons I was comfortable arriving so early for my flight … Continue reading Phoenix Sky Harbor is a great airport, especially if you’re hungry

My customary airport rant has been canceled for lack of outrage

This is the point in my travels where I usually go on a rant about the TSA. Today, I can’t. Every TSA agent I interacted with today was pleasant, courteous, and professional. I’ve heard and read a number of horror stories about checking in firearms at the airport, concerning both the airlines and TSA. This … Continue reading My customary airport rant has been canceled for lack of outrage

Just got home, leaving again

If it seems like it was just last week I got home from two weeks of vacationing abroad, it’s because it was just last week. Since then I’ve already been back to Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport twice. Once was to drop Kathryn off for her last-minute emergency trip back to Massachusetts, roughly 24 hours after … Continue reading Just got home, leaving again

Food photos from our recent trip to Montpellier

One of the pleasures of traveling, for me at least, is to eat foods I normally wouldn’t eat at home. Since we had an apartment for this recent trip to Montpellier, this included some meals we prepared on our own, as well as some French fast food we brought back to our apartment to enjoy. … Continue reading Food photos from our recent trip to Montpellier

After a long, miserable day of travel, we’re finally home from Montpellier

We’re finally home from Montpellier, back in Phoenix. I spent most of the past 24 hours wedged into middle seats on airliners, so I’m now rewarding myself with one or more cold beers, in my kitchen, in my underwear. It’s good to be home. A young woman from our parish, whom we met during our … Continue reading After a long, miserable day of travel, we’re finally home from Montpellier

The long journey home from Montpellier is underway

After fifteen days in Montpellier, France, our long journey home to Phoenix is underway. The upside of getting an early start is not having to rush. The downside is a lot of time spent waiting. We unwittingly arrived at the airport an hour before check-in was scheduled to begin for our flight to Paris. We … Continue reading The long journey home from Montpellier is underway

If you’ve ever struggled with the gender of French nouns, take heart!

Last Saturday around midday, Kathryn and I were at the zoo here in Montpellier, and we found ourselves looking at the giraffes next to a French couple and their young children. I overheard the father saying to his children, “Les girafes sont beaux!” As soon as the words finished leaving his mouth, the mother corrected … Continue reading If you’ve ever struggled with the gender of French nouns, take heart!

I’m way behind on my posts, so here’s a brief status update from Montpellier

I was doing so well at publishing a blog post at least once a day, and then when we got back from Lourdes it kind of fizzled out. Well, have no fear, we’re doing well here in Montpellier. Yesterday I finally posted about our road trip to Sommières, which happened last Thursday. Last Friday we … Continue reading I’m way behind on my posts, so here’s a brief status update from Montpellier

Another road trip from Montpellier, this one to Sommières

Since we’d reserved a rental car for four days, I felt a certain obligation to make the most use of it. Thursday morning, after lingering a little too long over breakfast, we got in the car to visit Uzès, an ancient walled village that dates back to pre-medieval times, about a 90-minute drive from Montpellier. … Continue reading Another road trip from Montpellier, this one to Sommières

We’re back in Montpellier after a whirlwind side trip to Lourdes

Kathryn and I just got back to Montpellier after a whirlwind 30-hour side trip to Lourdes. This is just a quick update because the last two days have been somewhat exhausting. I’m really happy we didn’t do this as a day trip as we’d originally planned. Four hours driving a rental car I’m not familiar … Continue reading We’re back in Montpellier after a whirlwind side trip to Lourdes

We eventually made it to Lourdes

It took us a longer than planned to get our rental car in Montpellier, and then the drive took longer than planned, but eventually we arrived in Lourdes well before sunset. The hotel is not bad, and the manager was amenable to letting us leave two hours late tomorrow. We arrived in Lourdes quite hungry … Continue reading We eventually made it to Lourdes