Category Archives: Travel

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The pleasures and challenges of online learning

The internet and world-wide-web have revolutionised so many aspects of society, it’s no wonder that they have changed how people learn. (It’s only surprising that it hasn’t changed more already.) Online learning has provided so many opportunities for people all over the world, that it has become extremely easy and often free to learn just […]

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Blending in

One of the most amusing experiences of our trip to Croatia and Slovenia was how often we’d get mistaken for a local. The typical experience went something like this: Me/Helen: “Dobar dan!” Waiter/Ticket Agent/Person on the street/etc: “Moj lebdeći brod je pun jegulja.” Me/Helen: “I’m sorry. I don’t speak Hrvatska!” This happened time and time […]

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Not like at home

Words can’t really do justice to the experience. Deep, blood-red color. Thick, plump, juicy. They were the most arresting tomatoes I’ve ever seen in my life. And they smelled strong, fragrant, earthy. And the taste… Our hostess, Pelmina, explained that she’d bought the tomatoes at a local market on the island of Krk, at the […]

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When in Rome

Like all parents, I think my daughter is pretty smart. But she showed extreme astuteness when we asked her what were the things she enjoyed the most about our trip to Rome. She thought for a bit and said, “Ice cream, good restaurants, and having fun with our friends.” She enjoyed the museums, the statues, […]

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Don’t go there

The Sistine Chapel is amazing. It’s also appalling: a horrible experience, one which I wish I had skipped. Don’t get me wrong: the paintings are incredible. The sheer number of them is amazing, and each one is an incredible work of art. The creation of Adam is arguably the most famous painting ever: But don’t […]