Travel roundup 2014

As 2014 draws to a close, it’s time to look back on a year of travel and reflect on what made it special. I’ve been to new places and old, familiar; ones and I enjoyed every single trip except one….
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We hosted our first Thanksgiving dinner!

My table

Fried turkey? Why not? A generous friend offered to fry a turkey for us and deliver it to our house. How kind is that!  And it was delicious. I baked up a storm the previous day: I made an apple…
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Memories of World Cups past

Vamos Argentina!

Officially, my first World Cup was that of ’74 but I don’t remember a thing. I don’t think I was remotely interested in football at that age. Next up: Argentina ’78. I have a couple of clear memories. One is…
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El afilador [The Sharpener]

afilador 2

I’m hanging the laundry out to dry at my parents’ home in Buenos Aires and I hear the familiar harmonica tune tee-dee- deee tee-dee-deeeee. I rush out the door but it’s too late, the sharpener has cycled past. A young couple…
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Donating is easy in Dallas


Every so often I like to cull my wardrobe. The advantages are manifold: the closet looks tidy, there’s more space for new purchases and somebody else can benefit from it. When I lived in Buenos Aires, I would put my…
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