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A Renaissance Soul blogging on traveling, books, work, miscellany, and enjoying life.


Posts on getting there, being there, and getting back home again. Oh, and also some tips on the logistics of travel as I discover new things that make travel more enjoyable.

Hej from Copenhagen!

I’m in Copenhagen for a conference but managed to find a little free time this afternoon to see a bit of the city. Really lovely city – very clean, well-maintained, pedestrian-friendly, etc and yes, very cold (at least for this Floridian) with temperatures hovering between low 40s and near-freezing in mid-March. I have to say that the currency conversion between US dollars and Danish kroner is a little bit of […]

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Dear American Airlines, what’s up giving people free Gold status?

My husband, who rarely flies, received this offer for free Gold status from the nice folks at American Airlines. And I have to say, it leaves me rather cold and  angry since I had to earn my status the hard way – by putting my butt in their uncomfortable chairs for at least 25,000 miles flown. In addition, my husband gets 10 500-mile upgrades. And how do I get those? […]

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Miami in January

Last weekend, we took a trip to Miami (with a brief side trip to Key Largo and Islamorada) to visit some of my family. It’s been years since I have been down to South Florida and I’m not sure why. It’s a pretty good drive for us, but nonetheless, we were way overdue for a visit. We had a nice time, but it would have been good to be able […]

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2016: the year of travel

As with just about every other year, 2016 had its share of ups and downs; however, many of mine this year were literal ups and downs in the form of takeoffs and landings. For me, 2016 was The Year of Travel. As I’ve mentioned before, I work for Automattic, a fully distributed company, which means my co-workers are scattered across the globe. So part of the job is to travel […]

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London (and other points of interest) Calling

Our first stop in our 4-county European tour was London. After an overnight flight in which only one of us slept (I am convinced my daughter can sleep anywhere under any conditions, and yes, I envy that), we arrived sleepy but excited. Fortunately, I had been to London earlier this year, so I was familiar with the Gatwick Express and navigating the Underground. It’s pretty straight-forward and public transportation there […]

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A Thumbsup for Noise Canceling Earbuds

A little less than a month ago, I wrote a post pondering the merits of noise-canceling earbuds and whether or not they were worth the hefty price tag. The verdict is in: totally worth it! I recently flew to Amsterdam and tested my new Bose QC20 earbuds. While I still was not able to sleep much on the flight, the noise cancellation was very impressive (as was the battery life). […]

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