The lasting impact of a good book

The lasting impact of a good book

Over the weekend I found myself standing in my local bookstore searching for a new cookbook.  One might conclude that I have an addiction since I can't stop reading and buying them.  I'm not worried, there are worse habits.

Modern day publications include personal stories, are filled with knowledge passed from author to reader, stunning photography, and let's not forget... recipes.  I'm happy to report I found a new book to add to my collection, IN THE KITCHEN.

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Our next BIG Trek...

Our next BIG Trek...

Let me just say it...

We are going to hike up to Everest Base Camp in October!

After months of research and email exchanges, we finalized our reservation while traveling a few month ago.  Buying our airfare in January: NYC to Istanbul to Kathmandu. We confirmed our trek reservation with One World Trekking in March.

I know some of you are asking WHY are we doing this?!

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Malmo Sweden (Nordics Part V)

Malmo Sweden (Nordics Part V)

Malmo is our last stop before starting our journey home.  Overwhelmed with experiences and joy from reconnecting with family, if I can be honest... we are exhausted.

I am in a new city before 9 AM, with hours to explore while Bill has a day of meetings. I haven't found Kardemmome seeds yet so this is first on my list.  You can buy the spice ground in the U.S., but most of the flavor is gone.  I remember my Grandmother baking with Kardemmome pods bought in Sweden (they resemble the vanilla bean), opening the pods to gather seeds for baking. 

After I find a market and buy a year's worth of the spice, I will explore and see as much as I can in about four hours time.

Let's recap the last few days:

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36 hours in Copenhagen (Nordics Part IV)

36 hours in Copenhagen (Nordics Part IV)

Copenhagen was a surprise destination, added to our itinerary when we realized we had a free day between profession commitments in Stockholm and Malmo.  SO, we decided to explore Copenhagen.  

We arrived after the sunset and a long travel day.  I don't think I mentioned that we had car trouble requiring us to find a car service station. And we had to change rooms. After settling into our new room and talking to our son, we enjoyed a meal at the hotel.

After a good nights sleep, I was up and out walking before 7 AM.  I had one day in the city and wasn't missing one minute!

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Vastervik Sweden (Nordics part III)

Vastervik Sweden (Nordics part III)

We have been to Switzerland, Italy, and Stockholm.  Now it's time for a road trip.  Due to a tight travel schedule (this is a business trip for Bill), we are driving from Stockholm to Vastervik and then to Copenhagen. Spending the day seeing Sweden's countryside.

Why add several hours to our road trip, to see Vastervik? Today a summer village for recreation, it was a fishing village in the early 1900's.  A Coastal town in the Archipelago that connects to the Baltic Sea.  My family calls Vastervik home.

Getting There

Packing up our car and getting settled for the two-hour drive, we will stop for lunch and explore in Vastervik.  My cousin, Paulina, was born and raised here.  She has given us a list of places that we hope to see.

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Three Days in Stockholm (Nordics Part II)

Three Days in Stockholm (Nordics Part II)

After a week in Montreux, we are off to Stockholm. The second of five cities we visited in March.

Getting to the Airport

Seldom making it to post, let me share our hectic travel day. Transport to the airport took double the time. We always take the train, but someone coordinated a car for us - the driver ended up driving on the shoulder for about half of the trip.  Weaving in and out of traffic.  Later we learned this was all due to the Geneva Auto Show.  We arrived at the airport 60 minutes before take off.

After passing through Customs, we are separated getting through Security.  Flying on a partner airline that does not recognize 'travel companion,' Bill was through security in two minutes, waiting.  It would take me at least an hour.  Then I saw several passing the line due to flights boarding, and I followed them (it was worth a try, right?).

I get through security, we rush to the gate and.... my eyes suddenly well with tears. Not for the relief of making it through the last few hours but for seeing a sea of Swedes!

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Switzerland & Italy (Nordics Part I)

Switzerland & Italy (Nordics Part I)

Hello Friends! 

It's time for my annual spring travel to Vaud Switzerland.  

I prefer to stay in Vevey, oh how I love this sweet village, but business had us staying one village to the west.  Montreux is home to the Jazz Festival and was the host to Bill's week long conference.  I will work and explore before we travel to Sweden for the weekend.

Do you remember last fall, when I has a Julie Andrews moment? The Alps are live...  last fall I took the train to Rochers de Naye.  Enjoyed lunch, visited a botanical garden built into the mountatin, and hiked a bit.  This lovely place is just above Montreux, elevation 2000M.  I enjoyed my time up there so much that I couldn't wait to visit.  Delusions of snowshoeing quickly passed when 2.5 feet of fresh snow fell over night. 

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105th Boston Marathon

105th Boston Marathon

I have been listening to Kathrine Switzer interviews all week, which has me feeling nostalgic.  This box represents my 2001 Boston Marathon.  It lives on a shelf, in the hall closet.   I don't think I have ever looked in it, but today feels like a good day to open this box of memories.

Monday's marathon marks the 50th anniversary of her running Boston Marathon as a registered runner.  In the iconic photo below, the race director is trying to pull her off the course.

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A Swiss Getaway

A Swiss Getaway

I'm back from another extended holiday in Switzerland, and boy did I have a wonderful time exploring new places.

Look closely at this photo - can you see the small lighthouse, with a bench, at the end of the pier? One morning I was sitting on the bench to watch the sunrise over the mountain top and was startled by a naked woman.  She stood up to dress after taking a swim in the lake. I'm not sure who was surprised more, me or the lady swimmer.  When I started walking back I passed the woman, in a sundress, sitting on a blanket, smoking, and talking with a friend.

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A fortnight in London

A fortnight in London

Can we time travel back a few months, to April?

We traveled to London to run a marathon.  I had just one must see on my list, touring The London Tower.

We planned our trip to arrive a week before the marathon, to adjust to the timezone, and allow time to explore the city. 

Regents Park served as our home base.  We took the red-eye from NYC to London. Bill had meetings within hours of our arrival so I grabbed my umbrella and walked every inch of Regents Park. The flowers were spectacular but expected since this is home to The Queen's Walk. It's absolutely divine.

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