European Tour – East Germany (July 1990)

Border Crossings Made Anti-Climatic Easy Just as we were more relaxed going into our second homestay, everyone looked similarly at ease after it. My travel group met in the morning, where we said goodbye to our hosts and boarded the bus for Leipzig. I was anxious and excited for the experience of crossing the Inner … Continue reading European Tour – East Germany (July 1990)

Boulder, Colorado – Introduction (May 2016)

There’s one aspect about my youth that many know of, select few appreciate/respect, some suspect, and others have mocked, but can best be summed up in a singular confession by the following: "There are four things I'll be embarrassed about for the rest of my life, and here are three of them: losing an arm-wrestling … Continue reading Boulder, Colorado – Introduction (May 2016)

Boulder, CO – Day 1 (Friday, May 13, 2016)

A Different Kind of Suburbia The flight to Denver International Airport (DEN) was relatively uneventful compared to other flights. It being a Friday evening, I anticipated a throng of end-of-the-week long distance commuters, but Dulles International Airport (IAD) wasn’t particularly any busier than usual. This was a welcome surprise given the TSA’s recent bad press … Continue reading Boulder, CO – Day 1 (Friday, May 13, 2016)

Boulder, CO – Day 2 (Saturday, May 14, 2016)

Grey Morning in the Rockies As I quickly discovered on my Hawaii trip, jetlag from traveling west disrupts my circadian rhythm more than traveling east. Still stuck on East Coast time, I woke up earlier than expected (I really wanted to sleep in). While the clock said 6:30 AM, my body was sure it was … Continue reading Boulder, CO – Day 2 (Saturday, May 14, 2016)

Boulder, CO – Day 3 (Sunday, May 15, 2016)

When planning for this trip, my choices for flights home mostly amounted to either leaving at the crack of dawn or taking a redeye late in the evening. Thankfully, I found one flight that departed around 7:00 PM, so I reserved a seat which maximized my time for the weekend. If I had known that … Continue reading Boulder, CO – Day 3 (Sunday, May 15, 2016)