The Summer from Hell: Worst Trip I Ever Took

So the ad appeared as if sent by a celestial messenger: Help Wanted---Tour Leader in Europe. It was 1976, and I was out of work. I had a series of short-term jobs vaguely related to my education in broadcast journalism---a low level job at a network news video library and a writing job at an audio production … Continue reading The Summer from Hell: Worst Trip I Ever Took

Travels with Babs Darling: On My First Tour

When I was growing up in the 1950s and early 60s I was an obsessive reader. One of my favorite subjects was travel, and I became fascinated by countries I considered “exotic” (definitely meat for a kid from a small town on the border of Newark, New Jersey). I daydreamed about Tibet and Machu Picchu … Continue reading Travels with Babs Darling: On My First Tour

Someday YOU’LL be a Mother and You’ll Know How It Feels: When Your Child Takes to the Road

It was 1970 and my first trip to Europe. My parents accompanied me to the airport, and, as I was on line headed for the plane, my mother said, “If you’re not back in six months, you’ll never see me alive again and my death will be on your hands.” Flabbergasted, I turned to everyone … Continue reading Someday YOU’LL be a Mother and You’ll Know How It Feels: When Your Child Takes to the Road

(Mis)remembrance of Things Past: My Life (Not) in Coney Island

There I was, munching on a Nathan’s hot dog (relish, sauerkraut, brown mustard) and feeling the warm sun on my back, and I thought, “Why do I feel nostalgic about Coney Island, a place I had never visited until I was in my 40s?” Admittedly, my first visits were inspired by traveling to the “Mother … Continue reading (Mis)remembrance of Things Past: My Life (Not) in Coney Island

Who Did You Say is Getting Divorced? Hint: it’s not Millennials

So my original idea for my blog was to comfort women in their 20s and 30s who are not yet married or do not have a significant other. Years ago I, too, felt envy, anger, and frustration at seeing photos of adoring couples or capsule PR-heavy descriptions in the Vows section of the newspaper. I … Continue reading Who Did You Say is Getting Divorced? Hint: it’s not Millennials

Travel Lessons from a Tibetan Monk: Part 1

“If I am respected, I have no problem. If I am disrespected, I have no problem either.” Did you ever think that you might benefit from travel advice from a 65-year-old Tibetan monk? It does make sense: the image of a religious Buddhist spiritual leader (Khenpo is an honorary title) is one of a pure … Continue reading Travel Lessons from a Tibetan Monk: Part 1