Iceland – Day 5 (Thursday, October 9, 2014)

Jetlag is an odd thing, especially since I’m a night owl by nature. No, wait, let me rephrase that – I am not, under any circumstances, what you would call a “morning person”(1) – so recovering from west-to-east jetlag is usually pretty easy for me. It’s like pulling an all-nighter and fighting through the following … Continue reading Iceland – Day 5 (Thursday, October 9, 2014)

Iceland – Day 6 (Friday, October 10, 2014)

Playing Amateur Paparazzi Up until this morning, I caught myself taking the unseasonably warm weather for granted. As I woke up and looked out the window, I noticed the room was slightly cooler than it had been previously (I was still keeping the window cracked open), and frost covering everything outside that wasn’t concrete or … Continue reading Iceland – Day 6 (Friday, October 10, 2014)

Iceland – Day 7 (Saturday, October 11, 2014)

The mood amongst my fellow travelers was a bit more subdued this particular morning. Traveling is fun, but it can eventually wear a person down. The rigors of departure from familiar routines and places, being active every day/more than normal, and constantly keeping warm were taking their toll. Long faces and slightly temperamental demeanors made … Continue reading Iceland – Day 7 (Saturday, October 11, 2014)

San Francisco – Introduction (November 2013)

Life has a strange way of offering second chances. Let's hop in the H.G. Wells’ chair/Police Box/Bill and Ted's telephone booth/DeLorean wayback machine to a year ago. I was supposed to embark on a winery tour of the Napa and Sonoma valleys, finishing up with a few days in San Francisco. Sadly and frustratingly, I … Continue reading San Francisco – Introduction (November 2013)

San Francisco – Day 1 (Thursday, October 31, 2013)

I’ll Be Gentle, Virgin America, It’s My First Time… Michael and I flew out to San Francisco early Thursday evening. I heard good things about Virgin America for a while now, and their competitive air fares were more than a little tempting, so I was looking forward to flying on their friendly skies. The timing … Continue reading San Francisco – Day 1 (Thursday, October 31, 2013)

San Francisco – Day 2 (Friday, November 1, 2013)

In keeping with my usual traveling habits, I didn’t sleep well, and woke up in a sweat on top of that. Beyond the first night acclimation to a new bed/sleeping environment, the unusually warm weather and room’s lack of airflow made my room stuffier than nature ever intended (it took me the following evening to … Continue reading San Francisco – Day 2 (Friday, November 1, 2013)