Monthly Archives: January 2008

Edinburgh – Day 4

Edinburgh – Day 4

Last day in Edinburgh—, Chris did errands, while Melissa and the groomsmen went off to the National Museum of Scotland (which Chris had visited before). The museum was very, very interesting but also completely overwhelming. I would have liked to spread it over a week, rather than an afternoon. As it was, we skimmed the… Read More

Wedding Day!

Thick, low, fast-moving clouds and stiff winds confronted us on the wedding day, January 13. The groom and groomsmen got all spiffed up at our place. On seeing the boutonnieres, which consisted of ivy leaves, thistle, and heather, the groom (Jan) remarked, “I hadn’t expected them to look quite so much like a salad.” The… Read More

Edinburgh — Day 2

Edinburgh — Day 2

Eek, Edinburgh is cold in the winter! Highs were between 2 and 6 Celsius when we were there, with lows below zero as we walked around in the evening. It’s hard to wear enough layers for this weather, given our limited traveling wardrobes. Plus, it’s that damp cold that sinks into your bones. One of… Read More

First, Scotland

First, Scotland

Our vagabonding trip started in Edinburgh (not, perhaps, one’s first choice of destination in January) because some dear friends from Washington, DC, were getting married in the 11th-century St. Margaret’s Chapel in Edinburgh Castle. A long flight from Washington to Copenhagen on SAS, hours in the airport there, then a fairly quick hop on BMI… Read More

We Really Did It!

We Really Did It!

After years of planning, months of selling our house and possessions, weeks of moving the rest into storage, and days to trying to fit what remained in our backpacks, our vagabonding adventures have finally begun. We’’re off to Europe for the year! First stop, Scotland for our friends’ wedding; then on to southern Spain to… Read More

Malaga — Sites We Visited

Malaga — Sites We Visited

Cathedral: The interior of Malaga’s cathedral is a wonderful soaring space, full of gilding and carved wood. The many side chapels offer a mini course in the history of religious art, featuring altarpieces from the 15th to 20th centuries. It’s cool and quiet and awe inspiring. What is most striking about the exterior is that… Read More

Malaga — The Basics

Malaga — The Basics

We spent three days in the city’s centro historico in January 2008 getting introduced to the ways of Andalucia (sights, smells, food, language, history). Where we stayed: Hostal Derby on Calle San Juan de Dios (next to the McDonalds on the north side of Plaza de la Marina). A large room with a double bed… Read More

Impressions of Malaga

Impressions of Malaga

From Edinburgh, we flew to Malaga (MAH-lah-gah), on the southern coast of Spain, in search of warmer weather. What a contrast in a few hours! Like Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, the old part of Malaga has narrow stone streets and tall old residential buildings with bars and restaurants on the ground floors. There’s a great stone… Read More

The Big Plan

After years of working in offices (as editors of magazines, newspapers, and government reports), we decided to do something different with our lives. We want to see more of the world than we can fit into three or four weeks of vacation each year. We want to travel slowly enough to get a genuine feel… Read More