We’d arrived on a warm and sunny Thursday morning in October. It was market day. The village streets were jammed with antique vendors, vegetable sellers, yard good merchants and just about everything in between, including a couple of polished stone kitchen sinks.
I worked every summer for 50 years while dreaming of a summer of leisure. Well, 2021 was the summer: and I have the tan to prove it.
There are only two things that draw most people to the island – to eat crabs and to eat Smith Island Cake. We elected to walk the three mile stretch to Ewell.
Lititz, Pennsylvania was once voted the coolest small town in America. By the time we left, we understood why… pretzels, chocolates, and Moravians (Oh my!)
I envisioned tranquil farmlands, a slower way of life and the ubiquitous Amish horse and buggy. Most of my preconceived images were dismantled one by one.
It was cool and dark when we arrived at the park gate. Our destination was a pleasant one mile hike up the bluff toward ten bears — marching, one by one…
We landed in a luscious place in Vilas County, Wisconsin – a county with 563 named lakes and 757 unnamed lakes. Eagle River, with a population of 1,400, has some of the friendliest people we’ve ever met.
It’s been two weeks since we received the J&J vaccines, so we’re officially “fully” vaccinated. There are absolutely no Covid related restrictions in the State of Wisconsin and for the first time in more than a year, life feels normal.
Weary of endless travel restrictions and blocked from continuing our slow journey into Portugal, we made a spontaneous decision to travel back to the USA. Now that we have only Teej and Ricco, our two old cats, it worked to have them with us on the train and in the cabin of the airplane.
Our recent stopover in Granada was an entirely different experience. Due to covid restrictions, we spent six days in a city devoid of tourists. No tour guides, no crowds, hotels closed. I finally understand what inspired so many writers and artists to linger in Granada.
As the first stage of our vagabond journey comes to a close, six months in a tiny village was an experience that generated ideas about how to spend our future.
We came to a small Alpujjaran village six months ago. Little did we realize how much walking we’d be doing or how beneficial all those walks were to be.