What’s in a Name?

Shakespeare tried to teach us that it is the essential nature of a person or a thing that matters, not the name. What we call a flower does not determine its scent and what we name a person does not determine his character (read Freakonomics for a fascinating case in point). But does this same…

Maple Syrup and the Crazy Things We’ll Miss

I abandoned the comforts of a dorm room with built in entertainment of every kind and a dining hall flush with food and headed off to Japan where I abstained from most forms of entertainment and cooked and cared entirely for myself…. You would expect these things to be of particular interest to 19- and 20-year old boys, but you might be surprised that what we missed most often was food.The foods we missed were simple things…. Few things would bring more relief than finding out the new guy had his own maple syrup extract and wouldn’t be draining our finite resources.These comfort foods were so much a part of our palette and daily lives that we didn’t expect to miss them…. Foods have become much more global and fast food chains much more ubiquitous, but there will be foods for all of us that will be our maple syrup or mayonnaise.

There’s A Scorpion In My Boots!

In my frantic quest to get the house and yard in order for our one year absence, I’ve been planting flowerbeds, filling sinkholes with dirt, spreading pinestraw (a unique Georgian groundcover/mulch), and hauling lots of landscaping materials from point A to point B. As I was clearing out the trailer that I use to haul…

Do I Have to Lick A Toilet Seat to Get That?

My mother-in-law once came back from Mexico with a nasty digestive bug that the doctor told her she would have had to lick a toilet seat to contract. We believe her when she says she did nothing of the sort, but ever since her experience, the family has been especially wary of travel-related illnesses. The…

So Many Countries, So Little Time

So how do you decide where to go when you’ve devoted an entire year to circling the globe? Whatever you do, you don’t leave it to the six- and three-year olds. A few months ago we gave Kieran and Asher a box of giant tacks and let them have their way with the world map…

Welcome to Anne

Technorati Tags: Culture, Thailand Always one to help out with a cause, Anne is busy removing alcohol from Asia, or at least Thailand, or at least Bangkok, or at least this park. Actually she is participating in Thai lent. Many times the best experiences traveling are things you just fall into. We were wandering the…